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NSW police first use black trackers and horses to pursue absconding prisoners and bushrangers

Select here to find out about Hunter Valley bushrangers

 

 

January 2......

 

Arrival of Convict transport Ann & Amelia. Master William Ascough.

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Ann & Amelia

 

 

 

Bushranger John Donohoe (Bold Jack Donohoe) arrived on board Ann & Amelia.

More about 'Bold Jack Donohoe'

 

January 18......

 

Arrival of Artist Augustus Earle in Hobart on the Admiral Cockburn after being stranded at Tristan da Cunha

Earle, Augustus,  1825  [Tommy, Newcastle, 1825] [picture] / [Augustus Earle]

 

 

January 23......

Arrival of Convict transport Grenada  Passengers included Rev. Wilkinson & family, William Ogilvie & family, D.A.C.G. Bowerman & wife and surveyor Heneage Finch.

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

 

January.......

Rev. L. Threlkeld first visited Newcastle

Lancelot Edward Threlkeld (1788 - 1859), by unknown artist, courtesy of State Library of New South Wales. Original : MIN 45

February.......

10,000 acres at Reid's Mistake made over for London Missionary site

February 12........

First Supreme Court of NSW empanelled in Sydney

February 22.......

Arrival of convict transport Asia (1).  Captain Thomas Stead. 190 Dr. James Mercer

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

 

February......

Moreton Bay settlement moved from Redcliffe to the site of Brisbane

February 25.......

Execution of Aborigine Musquito in VDL....Hobart Town Gazette

February 27.......

 

Arrival of Convict ship Henry .  Master James Ferrier. Surgeon William B. Carlyle.

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

 

March........

Establishment of penal settlement on Maria Island, Tasmania

March 17........

First St. Patrick Day races on Old South Head Road near Bellevue Hill

March 18.......

Formation of Sydney's first race club, the Sydney Turf Club  

April........

Church services at Newcastle held in the barracks as the church was in disrepair 

April 3.......

Arrival of Ships Hugh Crawford and Nimrod  from London. Chartered by Thomas Potter MacQueen. Macqueen's agent Peter McIntyre passenger.

April 22......

 

Arrival of Hooghley Captain P.J. Reeves, from Cork with 193 male prisoners.

Guard - Captain Logan, Ensign Taylor and 35 men of 57th Regiment & Mrs. Logan and family.

Select here to find out more about Captain Logan 

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

April 29.......

 

Arrival of Convict transport Royal Charlotte - Captain G.C. Corbyn.

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Royal Charlotte.

April 29.......

Arrival of Asia (111) Captain Pope

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May.......

William Powditch opening Stores at Newcastle

May 7.......

Arrival of convict transport Hercules . Captain William Vaughan.

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Superintendent of Police Francis Rossi arrived on the Hercules.

 

 

May 7.......

Convict pirates seized the vessel Eclipse at Newcastle and made their escape from the colony. They were never heard from again. Find out more here
   

May 14.......

Arrival of Augustus Earle in Sydney on the brig Cyprus.

May 19.........

Francis N. Rossi appointed Superintendent of Police in New South Wales

June........

Vessel 'Nereid' wrecked 10 miles north of Newcastle

June.......

Norfolk Island re-opened as a penal settlement for incorrigible convicts.

Report on Convict Discipline and Management by Alexander Maconochie (Laid before Parliament in 1838) - Alexander Maconochie was Superintendent at Norfolk Island 1840 - 1844

 

June 7.......

Sydney Chamber of Commerce established

June 14.......

Alexander McLeay, Esq., appointed Colonial Secretary NSW

June 14.......

Appointment of William Lithgow as Auditor of General Accounts

June......

489 bankrupts gazetted in the colony in the half year ending June 1825

July.......

Australian Agricultural Company given 31 year lease of coal mines at Newcastle

Select here to find out more about the Australian Agricultural company

 

 

 

July 10.......

Arrival of the convict ship Mariner. Captain William Fotherley

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Mariner in 1825

 

July - August.......

 

 

 

Bushrangers Jacob's Mob (Jacob's Irish Brigade) active in Hunter River district

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Two Years in New South Wales A Series of Letters, Comprising Sketches of the Actual State of Society in that Colony By Peter Miller Cunningham

 

 

August........

George Muir appointed Chief Constable at Newcastle

August 18.......

Arrival of  Convict transport Norfolk, Captain Alexander Greig.

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

August 22.......

Arrival of Minstrel convict ship.  Master Charles Arcoll, Surgeon Hugh Walker.

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Minstrel in 1825

September.......

Exploration of Brisbane River by Edmund Lockyer

 

 

September 4........

Arrival of convict ship Lonach  in Port Jackson

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Lonach in 1825

3 October........

57th regt. to Newcastle to relieve the Buffs (3rd regt.,)

On Monday afternoon a detachment of teh57the regiment embarked on board the Government brig Amity, under the command of Captain Heaviside, to relieve a detachment of the 3rd (Buffs) doing duty at Newcastle, and sailed the same evening. (Sydney Gazette)

 

 

November 13.......

Arrival of the York, Captain Moncrief. On board Australian Agricultural Company Agent Robert Dawson and other Company employees

 

The Present state of Australia: A Description of the Country, Its Advantages and Prospects with reference to Emigration; and a particular account of the manners, customs and condition of its aboriginal inhabitants' ... By Robert Dawson

 

November 15.......

Arrival of ship Brothers, Captain Motley. Surveyor John Armstrong, and other Australian Agricultural Company employees on board

 

 

 

November 22......

First postal act passed

December 1......

 

Governor Brisbane and family departed Australia for Europe on the Mary Hope

 

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Lieutenant-Colonel William Stewart  - Administrator of the colony until 18 December

December 3......

Van Diemen's Land declared a separate colony......Online

December 3......

Arrival of Henry Porcher   Captain John Thompson.

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Henry Porcher

December......

Arrival of  Catherine Stewart Forbes  - passengers His Excellency Lieutenant General Ralph Darling; Captain Dumaresq; Lieutenant Stoddart.

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Lieutenant General Ralph Darling Governor from December 1825 - 21 October 1831

 

December 17.......

Arrival of convict ship Midas with female prisoners. Master James Baigrie. Surgeon Charles Cameron

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Midas in 1825.

 

December 20........

First Executive Council of NSW appointed

December 23.......

Surveyor Heneage Finch arrived in Newcastle from Sydney by crossing the Hawkesbury River at Wiseman's Farm

December........

Henry Dumaresq appointed Clerk to the Executive Council

December 24.......

Captain William Dumaresq appointed to temporary charge of Civil Engineers Dept.

December.......

 

Brig 'Elizabeth Henrietta' wrecked at Newcastle.

Sea Grave Yard

 

December 25.......

Riot in the Streets of Newcastle. Prisoner William Finnegan stabbed with a bayonet.