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First of the ‘colonial’ blue books published, detailing statistics of NSW..................

Newcastle.........

Samuel Dell - Master of Public School & Parish clerk.

J. Allman - commandant

J. Croft - Gaoler appointed May 1822

G. Muir - chief Constable

Rev. Middleton - Holds a glebe of 400 acres. forage allowance for one horse at the rate of 10/- per week or £26 per annum. Allowed a house

George Brooks in charge of hospital at Newcastle. Allowed a house

Estimate of native population of Newcastle in 1826 - Men 265, Women - 235, Children - 260, Total 760

Baptisms at Christchurch - 25

Marriages at Christchurch 12

Burials at Christchurch 28

 

January.......

Robert Dawson's expedition north to Port Stephens and as far as the Manning

Robert Dawson, company agent and pastoralist, was born at Great Bentley, Essex in 1782, the youngest son of Joseph Dawson. In December 1824 Dawson was prevailed upon by John Macarthur junior, an old school friend by whom he was highly regarded, to accept from the newly formed Australian Agricultural Co. the post of chief agent in New South Wales in which capacity he was to establish and administer a pastoral domain of 1,000,000 acres (404,609 ha) subject to a committee resident there...........read more about Robert Dawson at Australian Dictionary of Biography

 

 

 

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Bank of Australia opened

January 3......

 

Arrival of convict ship Marquis of Hastings. Master William Ostler. Surgeon George S. Rutherford 

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January 3......

Arrival of convict ship Sir Godfrey Webster. Master John Rennoldson. Surgeon William Evans

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Sir Godfrey Webster

A total of six convict ships arrived in NSW from Ireland in 1826.

 

 

February......

Australian subscription library established

February 18......

Arrival of the convict ship Mangles . Master John Coghill.

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March 17......

Bushranger Matthew Brady captured by John Batman near Launceston

 

 

March 17......

His Excellency and Mrs. Darling entertained the largest party that had been seen at Government house for many years on Friday evening 17 March 1826. Nearly the whole of the Civil and Military Officers with their Ladies were present on this occasion

March 21.......

Arrival of the convict ship Sesostris. Master. J.T. Drake.

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April......

 

Vessel 'Gurnett' seized by escaping convicts at Newcastle

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April......

Vessel ' Mars' wrecked near Port Stephens

May.......

The Monitor newspaper established

May 17.......

Arrival of the Lady Rowena. Master Bourn Russell

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June.......

Lieutenant Nathanial Lowe in pursuit of natives who had killed shepherds in Hunter Valley

July.......

John Smith completed a brick built Store at Newcastle

July.......

Settlement formed at Illawarra under command of Capt. Bishop of 40th regt.,

July 8......

Arrival of the John Barry bringing Lieutenant James Sweeney and other members of NSW Veteran Corp

August.......

Cutter 'Currency Lass' built for Thomas White Melville Winder at Hunter River

August.......

Australian Agricultural Company vessel Balberook wrecked off Port Stephens

Intelligence has reached us of the loss of a vessel, a small sloop called the Balberook, belonging to the  Australian Agricultural Co. She sailed from Newcastle last week, with a cargo of maize and sundries for the Company. When abreast of Point Stephens, and at about 8 miles of the land, one of her planks became started; the water poured in impetuously and the crew and passengers had barely sufficient time to take to their boats before the sloop foundered. All the crew and passengers we feel to add, have been saved. A boat, loaded with necessaries for Mr. Dawson, and which was intended to put in at Point Stephen, luckily, and more by chance than design, happened to be towing astern; she assisted materially in saving many, who might otherwise, probably from the smallness of the sloop's jolly boat, have perished....The Australian 5 August 1826.

 

 

August 5.......

Arrival of the convict ship Regalia.  Surgeon James Rutherford

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August 15.....

Port Macquarie was appointed by Governor Darling in 1826 as one of the three places to which offenders convicted in NSW sentenced to transportation should be sent. The other two penal settlements were Moreton Bay and Norfolk Island. The proclamation was dated 15th August 1826, it was made unlawful for any master, mariner or other person to touch at or hold intercourse with any one of the three places without the permission in writing of the Governor.

 

 

September.......

Large portion of Newcastle wharf washed away and the windmill damaged in a gale

September.......

Boundaries of authorised colonial settlement defined in an attempt to contain squatting in NSW (Governor Darling)

September 13.......

Arrival of Marquis of Huntley. Master William Ascough Surgeon William Rae.

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September 13.......

 

Arrival of the vessel Orpheus

The Orpheus departed England 6th May and called at Rio de Janeiro 22nd June with 213 men women and children of the NSW Veteran Corps. Officers Captain Robinson, Lieut. Warner, Lieut. North and Assistant surgeon Robertson of the 13th Light Infantry

 

 

 

September 18......

Arrival of the convict ship England 

More about the convicts of the England 1826

In England the vessel was visited by phrenologist Mr. Deville. He examined each of the 148 convicts and gave a memorandum of the inferred character of each individual, and of the manner in which the propensities were likely to manifest themselves.

 

 

 

October.......

Duel between Saxe Bannister and Dr. Wardell

October 19.......

Explosion in Storehouse in Newcastle. Two children, Mary Eckford, daughter of the pilot William Eckford, and an aboriginal boy later died from injuries

Read what happened here

 

 

October.......

Patterson Plains Government Cottage destroyed by fire

October.......

St. Michael Storeship  moored in Newcastle harbour

October 13......

Appointment of William Henry Moore, solicitor, as Acting Attorney-General of NSW

October 19.......

Appointment of Rev. Charles Pleydell N. Wilton, Senior Assistant-Chaplain of New South Wales

October 28......

Arrival of convict ship Boyne from Ireland. Captain Pope. Surgeon Superintendent Dr. H. Cochrane. R.N.

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November......

Rev. Lancelot Threlkeld to abandon the mission at Reid's Mistake

November 24.......

Westernport settlement established

November 26......

Arrival of Speke convict ship. Surgeon Superintendent Alick Osborne

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December 2......

Arrival in Sydney of the Astrolabe, Captain Jules Sebastian Dumont d'Urville. »Online

December 21......

 

Brig Wellington seized by convicts on the voyage from Sydney to Norfolk Island. Convicts included John Walton, William Douglas, Charles Clay, John Edwards, James O'Neil, James Smith, William Browne, Edward Colthurst, Charles Daly and William Ryan.

 

 

December 22......

Death of poet laureate/ convict Michael Massey Robinson aged 82. »Obituary

Read his trial in 1796

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Cases in Crown Law Determined by the Twelve Judges, by the Court of King's Bench, and by Commissioners of Oyer and Terminer and General Gaol Delivery

 

 

December 25......

 

Arrival of Phoenix III convict ship.

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December 25......

Arrival of Edmund Lockyer  in King George Sound.