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Population in 1836....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan - March.......

 

 

Charles Darwin, naturalist, visited Australia in H.M.S. Beagle arriving in Sydney 12th January

 

January.......

New Commission of the Peace issued by Sir Richard Bourke.

January 17.......

 

Arrival of the Convict ship John Barry.  Capt. Robson. Surgeon James McTernan.

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the John Barry

 

 

January.......

Schooner Caroline, Captain Fotheringham, wrecked in the McLeay River

February.......

Schooner Experiment wrecked near Trial Bay

February 7.......

Arrival of the Convict ship Susan

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February 7.......

The Convict ship Henry Wellesley . Robert Wylie, surgeon superintendent

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

February.......

 

 

Consecration of William Grant Broughton as Bishop of Australia

Select here to read William Grant Broughton, Bishop of Australia with account of the earliest Australian clergy by F.T. Whittington 1936

William Grant Broughton arrived in Australia on the John in 1829. Select here to read his ship board diary

 

February 17.......

Arrival of ship Platina. Capt. Parker. William Macquarie Cowper passenger on board

February 24......

Independent Order of Oddfellows Friendly Society established in Sydney

February 25......

Arrival of the convict ship Roslin Castle with 162 female prisoners

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Roslin Castle in 1836

 

 

 

February 25.......

Arrival of convict ship Recovery, Capt. Thomas Johnson

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

March.......

Rich grazing lands in inland Victoria named Australia Felix by Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell

 

March.......

£500 damages awarded against Mrs. Howe, proprietrix of the Gazette for a
libel printed upon John Wighton, Chairman of the Association for the
prevention of cattle stealing.

March 23.......

Meeting held at Paterson Court House by the 'Subscribers for a new Church at Paterson' - Those present Richard Jones, Major Edward Johnstone   Frederick Bedwell, George Townshend, James Adair, Rev. G.K. Rusden, James Phillips, John Boughton, Edward Gostwyck Cory, Alexander Park, Charles Boydell

April.......

Fire & Life Assurance Co established in Sydney

April.......

 

Chief Justice Sir Francis Forbes embarked on board Brothers for London having resigned from his position due to ill health 'arising from the severity of his duties'

 

 

April.......

 

 

Arrival of Gordon Forbes Davidson and family on the 'Vanguard'. Later settled on the Paterson River. Below - Read a preview of 'Scandal in the Colonies: Sydney and Cape Town 1820 - 1830' by Kirsten McKenzie. (type 'Davidson' in the search facility)

 

 

April 19.......

 

Governor Bourke visited Newcastle on the Ceres. He inspected the site for the New Military Barracks and other buildings which were to be erected at Newcastle, proceeded overland to Brisbane Water and returned to Sydney April 26. Find out more about Governor Bourke's visit to Newcastle here.

Governor Burke

 

May........

Sir James Dowling appointed Acting Chief Justice. John Kinchela second puisne Judge

 

May 17.......

Arrival of the Surry 1 from Cork

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May 21.......

 

Wreck of the brig Stirling Castle on Eliza Reef on north coast. Mrs. Frazer wife of the master and six crew saved but held captive by the natives.

Second Officer John Baxter was one of the survivors. Read his account of the fate of his fellow captives

 

May.......

 

 

Death of Rev. Richard Hill in the vestry of St. James Church

 

June 3.......

Arrival of the Ship Camden from London, Capt. Ryan. Passenger Right Rev. Lord Bishop Broughton, wife and 2 daughters

June 9.......

Arrival of Thomas Harrison from Cork with 112 female prisoners

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Thomas Harrison

June 15.......

Arrival of barque Strathfieldsaye, Captain Jones

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

 

June 28.......

Snowing in Sydney
   

July 1......

A bridge being constructed at Cockfighters Creek was visited by missionary James Backhouse who gave the following account of the prisoner's who were working on the bridge party:

 

 

 

July 20.......

 

 

First of three vessels with South Australian settlers arrive at Kangaroo Island

Adelaide in 1836. Picturesque Atlas of Australia

 

 

July.......

Act passed by Legislative council instituting annual squatting license to control unauthorized occupation of Crown land

August.......

Lord John Russell agrees that 246 men sent in the years 1831 & 1832 for rioting, be pardoned

August 30.......

Colonel Light and a surveying party arrived on the Brig Rapid to South Australia

August 31.......

Arrival of the convict ship Moffatt.  Captain Bolton

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

August........

Ceres colonial steamer wrecked near Bungaree Norah (Norah Head)

August.......

Men in the ironed gangs suffering in consequence of wet weather as irons had rusted.

August.......

 

James King's earthenware factory ' Irrawang' producing good colonial pottery

Example of Irrawang Pottery at Powerhouse Museum

Irrawang was visited by traveller Friedrich Gerstäcker

 

Irrawang Vineyard & Pottery. J. Carmichael (1811 - 1857) in Picture of Sydney; and strangers' guide in New South Wales in 1838. J. Maclehose 1839

 

 

 

September.......

HM ship Rattlesnake, Captain Hobson, proceeding to Port Phillip accompanied by Captain Lonsdale and small military detachment

September.......

Foundation stone of Victoria Theatre laid, Sydney

September 6........

Arrival of the convict ship Waterloo from Cork

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September.......

 

 

Death of Principal Superintendent of convicts, Frederick Augustus Hely at 'Eaglehurst'


 

 

September.......

 

Twelve lithographic portraits of Aborigines of NSW published by Messrs Austin & Fernyhough

William Fernyhough was born in Staffordshire and died in Sydney in 1849

Select here to see the Portraits at the National Library of Australia

 

 

September.......

Revenue cutter Prince George returns to Sydney bringing Mrs. Frazer and 6 crew.

September.......

Port Phillip district formally open for settlement

September 27.......

Death of Captain Eber Bunker at Collingwood aged 74. Eber Bunker was father in law of Arnold Fisk

October.......

Arrival of Duchess of Northumberland, master Roxburgh from Cork with 282 female passengers in steerage

October 12.......

Arrival of the convict ship Elizabeth. Surgeon Superintendent Robert Espie, Esq., R.N.

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Elizabeth in 1836

October 12.......

Arrival of the convict ship Lady Kennaway  Surgeon J. Wilson, Esq., R. N.

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Lady Kennaway

October 17........

 

 

Dorothy Paty third daughter of Thomas Burnard of Devon and wife of DACG Paty, died at Newcastle 17 October 1836 aged 34 years.

See the Dorothy Paty collection of wildflowers around Newcastle at the National Library of Australia

 

 

Gravestone at Christchurch  -

Eliza Dorothy Mary Paty, daughter of Dep. Assistant Commissary Gen. Paty and of Dorothy his wife died at Newcastle 8th January 1831 aged 8 months and 8 days.

 

November 13.......

Arrival of the convict ship Captain Cook from Cork

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Captain Cook in 1836

 

November 20.......

Bushrangers Bowser, Sullivan and Doolan robbed drays at Currabubula Creek.

November.......

Hunter River Steam Company formed. A. B. Sparke Chairman

December 9.......

Arrival of the convict ship Bengal Merchant 

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December 14.......

Arrival of convict ship Pyramus

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December 31.......

Rev. Threlkeld's Annual Report on the Mission at Lake Macquarie

December 31.......

Arrival of the convict ship Earl Grey from Cork. William Evans Surgeon, Master James Talbert

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Earl Grey in 1836