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28th regiment stationed in Newcastle 1836 - 1837

 

Soldiers of the 28th regiment stationed in Newcastle & Maitland 1836 -37. (Not a complete list)

 

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Drought continues in NSW

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James Mudies' 'The Felonry of New South Wales' published in London.

Castle Forbes was James Mudies' estate in the Hunter Valley

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The Felony of New South Wales Being a Faithful Picture of the Real Romance of Life in Botany Bay. With Anecdotes of Botany Bay Society ... By James Mudie

 

 

 

January 5.......

Arrival of convict ship St. Vincent from Cork.

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the St. Vincent

January.......

Edward Deas Thomson appointed Colonial Secretary vice Alexander McLeay

January.......

Sir John Franklin appointed governor of Van Diemen's Land

 

 

 

January.......

Joseph Weller vessel belonging to J. Peacock on shore at Port Stephens with large hole in the bottom

January.......

Caernarvon vessel struck a sand bank on entering Newcastle harbour

January 23.......

Brisbane Water settler Willoughby Bean arrested, put in irons and sent to Sydney on the Betsy. Later tried and acquitted of cattle stealing

February......

Arrival of Irish immigrants on the Lady MacNaughten. Vessel quarantined due to typhoid fever

Historical Records of Australia, Series 1, Volume XIX, p.12..... Report of the Board appointed by His Excellency Sir Richard Bourke to Inquire into, and Report on the causes which occasioned so great a loss of human life among the Emigrants embarked at Cork in November 1836 in the ship Lady MacNaughten, which arrived in the Port of Sydney on 26th February 1837 and was placed in Quarantine in consequence of the highly contagious fever prevailing on board. This report includes a list of the witnesses examined.

See also Elizabeth Rushen's Homepage for a list of passengers on the Lady MacNaughten

 

 

 

February.......

Rev. Charles Pleydell Neale Wilton of Newcastle appointed by the Bishop of Australia as his Surrogate for granting marriage licenses

February 7.......

Arrival of the convict ship John

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

February 12......

Arrival of convict transport Norfolk from Portsmouth with 279 prisoners. Botanist Allan Cunningham passenger

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

February 18.......

Arrival of the vessel James Watt. Alexander Brown passenger on board

February......

Newcastle Breakwater to be strengthened. In February 40 labourers were sent from Sydney to Newcastle to begin work

March.......

Approval of Town plan of Melbourne by Governor Burke

March 15.......

Death of road builder William Cox

April.......

John Bingle and child and D.A.C.G. John Paty with two children (husband of Dorothy Paty) depart on the Kinnear for England

April 23.......

Death of land owner Archibald Bell

April 23.......

Arrival of the convict ship Sarah & Elizabeth. Master John Davidson. Surgeon John Rankine.

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Sarah & Elizabeth

 

 

May 8.......

Arrival of the convict ship Prince George

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Prince George in 1837

 

 

May.......

J.T.Hughes, G. Porter, Peter McIntyre, John Eales, J.White, and
M. Goggs, convicted of conspiracy, in preventing Crown Lands from being
disposed of at a higher rate than the upset price.

May.......

Foundation stone of St. Andrew's Cathedral laid by governor Sir Richard Bourke

May 26.......

Governor Bourke directed to discontinue the assignment of convicts to free settlers in the colony.

May 30.......

Arrival of the convict ship Margaret

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

 

June.......

First Issue of South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register

June.......

Busby's bore completed almost ten years after commencement.

June 1.......

First land - 100 allotments sold in Melbourne. Lowest price 7; highest price 95

June.......

First cargo of stone prepared at Goat Island by convicts arrived at Newcastle for construction of new barracks

July 10.......

Arrival of the convict ship Mangles

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

July 12.......

Arrival of convict ship Heber.  Captain Campbell. Surgeon Superintendent Dr. Neall, R.N., Passengers Captain Furlong 80th regt., Mrs. Furlong + 4 children.

More about Captain Richard Furlong at Colonial Military Officers

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

Select here to find out about bushranger Edward Murtagh who arrived on the Heber

 

 

 

July.......

George .W. Jackson appointed pilot at Newcastle

July 13.......

Permission granted by King William IV for South Australian capital to be named after Queen Adelaide

July 17.......

Arrival of Lloyds convict transport.  Master Edward Garrett

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

 

August 2.......

Earthquake at Newcastle

On Wednesday night, the 2nd instant, at twenty minutes past ten, Newcastle was visited with a very smart shock of an earthquake; it was accompanied by a loud noise, something similar to a park of artillery firing at a distance, which lasted from twenty to thirty seconds (The Australian 8th August 1837)

 

August 2.......

Convicts working on the Newcastle breakwater seriously injured in an explosion. They were employed in blasting rock and had been ramming the powder down when the explosion took place. They were taken to Newcastle hospital.

August 5.......

Arrival of the convict ship Calcutta. Captain Joseph Brown.  Surgeon Anthony Donoghoe RN. The Guard consisted of Lieutenant Scheberras, Ensign Tyrrin and 27 rank and file of 80th regiment

More about Rinaldo Scheberra at Colonial Military Officers

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Calcutta in 1837

Find out more about bushrangers Edmond Branigan and Timothy Braddish who arrived on the Calcutta

Select here to find out more about bushranger James Shea who arrived on the Calcutta

Select here to find out about bushranger John Quigley who arrived on the Calcutta

 

 

 

September.......

Australian Gas light Company formed in Sydney

September.......

Duke of York, Captain Morgan wrecked 800 miles north of Moreton Bay

September.......

Death of Architect Francis Greenway . Buried St. Peter's cemetery, East Maitland

September 5........

Death of pioneer farmer James Ruse

October.......

Edward Denny Day appointed Police Magistrate at Muswellbrook

October.......

News received in colony of the death of William IV

October 2.......

Rev. Threlkeld's windmill at Lake Macquarie struck by lightening

Read the account (Sydney Herald)

 

October 9.......

Arrival of convict ship Charles Kerr. Captain Harford Arnold

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Charles Kerr in 1837

 

October 25.......

Bushrangers Sullivan, Bowser and Doolan Captured by mounted policeman George Colway in a gully at Weary's Creek, NSW

October 25.......

Arrival of convict ship James Pattison. Captain Cromarty. Surgeon Thomas Robinson

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the James Pattison

 

October.......

Vessels entering Newcastle harbour in danger because coal for the coal fired beacon was not being supplied...........Read more

 

November......

 
Resignation of Sir Richard Bourke accepted although successor not yet named. To depart on the Samuel Winter after a levee at Government House

 

 

 

 

 

December 2......

Arrival of the convict ship Asia V

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

 

December 5.......

Governor Bourke departed from the Colony

December.......

Steamer Tamar grounded at Reid's Mistake. Capain Mulhall

Read Captain Mulhall's account

 

December 6......

Lieutenant Colonel K. Snodgrass (Lieutenant governor) from 6 December 1837 to 23 February  1838

December.......

Arrival of ship Portland with passengers Dr. Lang (returning) and the following clergymen: Messrs. George McFie, George Anderson, John Gregor, James Forbes, Thomas Dugall, James Fullerton, H.R. Gilchrest, R. Blane, Cunningham Atkinson. John Goodwin Esq., surgeon. Total of 310 emigrants.

December.......

 

 
Sir George Gipps appointed Captain General and Governor in Chief of New South Wales and Van Dieman's Land

 

December.......

Departure of first overland mail from Sydney to Melbourne

December 22......

Arrival of convict ship Henry Wellesley  bringing female prisoners

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

December.......

Loss of the vessel Vulcan off Nobbys reef

Read the account from the Sydney Herald

December 25.......

Arrival of the convict ship Sir Charles Forbes Master James Leslie. Surgeon William Clifford

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Sir Charles Forbes