Colonial Events 1817
January 1Thomas Wylde appointed Crown solicitor
JanuaryAnnouncement 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. Rose de Freycinet, the wife of Captain Louis de Freycinet, stowed away on her husband's ship and travelled the globe.
February 24Arrival of convict ship Lord Melville with 99 female prisoners. Surgeon Daniel McNamara. Frances Johnson was one of 99 women who arrived on the Lord Melville in 1817. Newly appointed Judge of the Supreme Court Barron Field arrived on the Lord Melville
March 8Arrival of convict ship Fame. Master Henry Dale, Surgeon John Mortimer
March 10Arrival of convict ship Sir William Bensley. Surgeon William Evans.
April 8Bank of New South Wales opened for business in Macquarie Place Sydney
April 9Lieut-Governor Sorell takes over administration of Van Diemen's Land
April 10Arrival of convict ship Morley from England. Surgeon Robert Espie
April 24Arrival of convict ship Shipley. Surgeon George Clayton
AprilExpedition by John Oxley westward from Bathurst to explore inland plains.
July 26Arrival of convict ship Chapman from Cork . Surgeon Alexander Dewar
July 28Area south east of Moss Vale explored by Charles Throsby
July 29Arrival of convict ship Pilot. Surgeon Charles Queade
August 5Arrival of convict ship Canada from Cork with 89 female prisoners and 12 of their children. Surgeon James Allen.
August 9Arrival of 48th Regiment, commanded by Lieut-Col Erskine on the Matilda....... On Sunday last arrived the Matilda, Capt. Somerville, from Ireland, with the Staff of the 48th regt. commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Erskine, whose appointment to the Rank of Lieutenant Governor of this Territory, is announced in the General Orders of yesterday. She sailed from Cork the 28th March; made Madeira the 9th April, and left the day following; went into Rio the 17th May and stayed till the 26th, when she took her departure for this Colony. The number of troops are 200, and with women and children comprise a total of 250 persons. We are concerned to state that the wife of Serj. Major Scully died before the ship reached Rio; and that 3 children of other persons died also on the passage. - Sydney Gazette 9 August 1817 The 48th regt., to relieve 46th Regiment.
August 29Arrival of Convict ship Almorah, Master William McKissock. Surgeon Superintendent Edward Foord Bromley.
September 30Arrival of convict ship Lord Eldon from England. Surgeon James Bowman
October 3Death of merchant Garnham Blaxcell at Batavia. Garnham Blaxcell, with Alexander Riley and D'arcy Wentworth contracted to build the Rum Hospital. A part of the contract enabled a monopoly on rum importation, however Governor Macquarie gave government consent to the continued competitive importation and selling of rum and their profits were diluted. Blaxcell escaped the colony on the brig Kangaroo aided by Lieutenant Jefferies.
OctoberFrancis Beattie found guilty of receiving stolen goods (Sydney). Francis Beattie later ran the Crooked Billet Inn at Newcastle.
October 7Methodist church at Castlereagh opened by Rev. Samuel Leigh
October 1Foundation stone of St. Matthew's church Windsor laid by governor Macquarie
November 22Arrival of the convict ship Frederick at Port Jackson. Passenger Thomas White Melville Winder.
November 22Arrival of convict ship Larkins in Port Jackson with 247 prisoners.
December 7Death of former Governor William Bligh in England
December 10Escape of Tasmanian bushranger Michael Howe
December 22Phillip Parker King and Allan Cunningham left 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) 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. Early Maritime Explorers
DecemberLoss 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 30Phillip Parker King's expedition entered Bass Strait
DecemberCompletion of Tower Lighthouse, South Head, Sydney designed by Francis Greenway. First Light House keeper Robert Watson. (Watson's Bay named in his honour).