Colonial Events 1825
NSW police first use black trackers and Horses Patrols to pursue absconding prisoners and Bushrangers
Employment at the Female Factory in 1825. The London Magazine
January 2Arrival of Convict transport Ann & Amelia. Master William Ascough.
Convict Bushranger John Donohoe (Bold Jack Donohoe) arrived on board Ann & Amelia
January 18Arrival of Artist Augustus Earle in Hobart on the Admiral Cockburn after being stranded at Tristan da Cunha
January 23Arrival of Convict ship Grenada. Passengers included Rev. Wilkinson & family, William Ogilvie & family, D.A.C.G. Bowerman & wife and surveyor Heneage Finch.
JanuaryRev. L. Threlkeld first visited Newcastle
February10,000 acres at Reid's Mistake made over for London Missionary site
February 12First Supreme Court of NSW empanelled in Sydney
February 22Arrival of convict transport Asia (1). Captain Thomas Stead. Surgeon James Mercer
FebruaryMoreton Bay settlement moved from Redcliffe to the site of Brisbane
February 25Execution of Aborigine Musquito in VDL....Hobart Town Gazette
February 27Arrival of Convict ship Henry. Master James Ferrier. Surgeon William Bell Carlyle.
MarchEstablishment of penal settlement on Maria Island, Tasmania
March 17First St. Patrick Day races on Old South Head Road near Bellevue Hill
March 18Formation of Sydney's first race club, the Sydney Turf Club
AprilChurch services at Newcastle held in the barracks as the church was in disrepair
April 3Arrival of Ships Hugh Crawford and Nimrod from London. Chartered by Thomas Potter MacQueen. Macqueen's agent Peter McIntyre passenger on board
April 22Arrival 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.
Aril 29Arrival of Convict ship Royal Charlotte - Captain G.C. Corbyn.
April 29Arrival of Asia (111) Captain Pope
MayWilliam Powditch opening Stores at Newcastle
May 7Arrival of convict ship Hercules . Captain William Vaughan.
Superintendent of Police Francis Rossi arrived on the Hercules.
May 7Convict pirates Seized the vessel Eclipse at Newcastle and made their escape from the colony. They were never heard from again.
May 14Arrival of Augustus Earle in Sydney on the brig Cyprus.
May 19Francis N. Rossi appointed Superintendent of Police in New South Wales
JuneVessel 'Nereid' wrecked 10 miles north of Newcastle
JuneNorfolk Island re-opened as a penal settlement for incorrigible convicts.
June 2Sydney Chamber of Commerce established
June 14Alexander McLeay, Esq., appointed Colonial Secretary NSW
June 14Appointment of William Lithgow as Auditor of General Accounts
June489 bankrupts gazetted in the colony in the half year ending June 1825
JulyAustralian Agricultural Company given 31 year lease of coal mines at Newcastle
July 102Arrival of the convict ship Mariner. Captain William Fotherley
July - AugustBushrangers Jacob's Mob (Jacob's Irish Brigade) active in Hunter River district
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
AugustGeorge Muir appointed Chief Constable at Newcastle
August 18Arrival of Convict ship Norfolk, Captain Alexander Greig.
August 22Arrival of Minstrel convict ship. Master Charles Arcoll, Surgeon Hugh Walker.
SeptemberExploration of Brisbane River by Edmund Lockyer
September 4Arrival ofconvict ship Lonach in Port Jackson
October 357th regt. sent to Newcastle on the brig Amity under command of Captain Heaviside to relieve the Buffs (3rd regt.,)
November 13Arrival of the York, Captain Moncrief. On board Australian Agricultural Company Agent Robert Dawson and other Company employees
November 15Arrival of ship Brothers, Captain Motley. Surveyor John Armstrong, and other Australian Agricultural Company employees on board
November 22First postal act passed
December 1Governor Brisbane and family departed Australia for Europe on the Mary Hope
Lieutenant-Colonel William Stewart appointed Administrator of the colony until 18 December
December 3Van Diemen's Land declared a separate colony
December 3Arrival of Henry Porcher Captain John Thompson.
DecemberArrival of Catherine Stewart Forbes - passengers His Excellency Lieutenant General Ralph Darling; Captain Dumaresq; Lieutenant Stoddart.
Lieutenant General Ralph Darling - Governor from December 1825 - 21 October 1831
December 17Arrival of convict ship Midas with female prisoners. Master James Baigrie. Surgeon Charles Cameron.
December 20First Executive Council of NSW appointed
December 23Surveyor Heneage Finch arrived in Newcastle from Sydney by crossing the Hawkesbury River at Wiseman's Farm
DecemberHenry Dumaresq appointed Clerk to the Executive Council
December 24Captain William Dumaresq appointed to temporary charge of Civil Engineers Dept.
DecemberBrig 'Elizabeth Henrietta' wrecked at Newcastle. Sea Grave Yard
December 25Riot in the Streets of Newcastle. Prisoner William Finnegan stabbed with a bayonet.