Colonial Events 1817

 

 

 

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January 1.......

 

 

Thomas Wylde appointed Crown solicitor

 

January.......

 

Announcement in England of a New Voyage of Discovery - In 1817, Louis Claude Desaulces de Freycinet  embarked on the L'Uranie on a major scientific expedition around the world to record information regarding the geography, meteorology, terrestrial magnetism, ethnology, and indigenous flora and fauna of various locations in the southern hemisphere

 

In 1817 Rose de Freycinet, the wife of Captain Louis de Freycinet, stowed away on her husband’s ship and travelled the globe. Her diary, acquired by the State Library of NSW, provides a unique female perspective on the Age of Sail and the early days of the Sydney colony...........

 

 

February 24.......

Arrival of the convict ship Lord Melville  with 99 female prisoners.

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Lord Melville

 

March 8.......

Arrival of the convict ship Fame . Master Henry Dale, Surgeon John Mortimer

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Fame.

 

March 10.......

 

Arrival of the convict ship Sir William Bensley.  Surgeon William Evans.

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Sir William Bensley

 

April 8........

Bank of New South Wales opened for business in Macquarie Place Sydney

April 9.......

Lieut-Governor Sorell takes over administration of Van Diemen's Land

April 10.......

 

Arrival of the convict ship Morley  from England

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April 24.......

Arrival of the convict transport Shipley

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April.......

Expedition by John Oxley westward from Bathurst to explore inland plains.

Read Oxley's journal at GriffithGateway.com

John Oxley - Courtesy of the State Library of NSW

 

 

July 26.......

Arrival of convict ship Chapman from Cork

Select HERE to find out more about the Chapman and the mutiny that took place on the voyage

July 28.......

Area south east of Moss Vale explored by Charles Throsby

July 29.......

 

Arrival of convict transport Pilot

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August 5.......

Arrival of convict ship Canada from Cork with 89 female prisoners and 12 of their children

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August 9.......

Arrival of 48th Regiment, commanded by Lieut-Col Erskine. To relieve 46th Regiment

 

August 29.......

 

Arrival of Convict ship Almorah, Master William McKissock.

Surgeon Superintendent Edward Foord Bromley.

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September 30.......

 

Arrival of convict transport Lord Eldon from England

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October 3.......

Death of merchant Garnham Blaxcell at Batavia

October.......

Francis Beattie found guilty of receiving stolen goods (Sydney).

 

October 7........

Methodist church at Castlereagh opened by Rev. Samuel Leigh

Remarkable Incidents in the life of Rev. Samuel Leigh

 

 

October 11......

Foundation stone of St. Matthew's church Windsor laid by governor Macquarie

More about St. Matthew's Church at Hawkesbury on the Net

November 22.......

 

Arrival of the convict transport Frederick at Port Jackson. Passenger Thomas White Melville Winder.

Read about Winder's daughters 'The Roses of the Hunter'

November 22.......

 

Arrival of Larkins in Port Jackson with 247 prisoners

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Larkins

 

 

 

 

December 7.........

 

 

 

 

Death of former Governor William Bligh in England

Text not available    Text not availableThe History and Antiquities of the Parish of LambethBy Thomas Allen

December 10.......

 

Escape of Tasmanian bushranger Michael Howe

December 22.......

 

Phillip Parker King and Allan Cunningham leave to explore north west coast of the continent. Two Master's mates - Frederick Bedwell and John Septimus Roe; 12 seamen; 2 boys also accompanied the voyage (Total 12)

Follow the expedition (Project Gutenberg)

John Septimus Roe letters, first major surveys of the Australian coast: the three voyages of the Mermaid 6 August 1818 – 26 February 1821 - Manuscript State Library of New South Wales

Boon-ga-ree accompanied King on this voyage. This expedition in the Mermaid left Sydney and explored the West Australian coast, collecting information about local conditions and native inhabitants before visiting Timor and returning to Sydney on 29 July 1818

 

 

December.......

 
Loss of the schooner Endeavour off Newcastle. Owned by John Black. Taking coals when a gale came on from the south. Broke her moorings and washed onto Nobbys Point where she was wrecked.

December 30........

Phillip Parker King's expedition enters Bass Strait

December.......

 

Sydney Heads 1880

Completion of Tower Lighthouse, South Head, Sydney designed by Francis Greenway. First Light House keeper Robert Watson. (Watson's Bay named in his honour).

Construction of a new lighthouse on the site was commenced in 1883

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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