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Officials stationed in Newcastle in 1839 (Blue Books  - Returns of the Colony)

 

 

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Removal of 284 male and female prisoners from Moreton Bay to Sydney contemplated for the beginning of 1839; and prediction that the Moreton Bay penal settlement would close.

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Text not availableState of Religion and Education in New South Wales By William Westbrooke Burton

 

 

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Bushrangers The Jewboy Gang form in Hunter Valley

 

January.......

New Commandant of Norfolk Island Major Bunbury of 80th Regiment

 

January........

Convicts begin preparing Garden Island for construction of a fort 

Garden Island History

January 5........

Arrival of the convict ship Margaret

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

 

January 14.......

Breakout attempt at Carter's Barracks by 19 soldiers confined there because of severe punishment such as being worked on the ring. The punishment of the ring was similar to the practice of breaking in horses. The men were made to form four deep and march round the ring twenty times, and afterwards ten times at double quick pace.

January 15.......

Wreck of the barque Children east of Portland Bay, Vic. 16 drowned

January 16.......

Sir Francis Forbes returned to the colony on vessel Alfred. Also on board 280 emigrants

January 23.......

Death of Frederick Dixon at Maitland. Former superintendent of Government works at Newcastle

January 23.......

Rev. Dr. Lang returned to England and notorious swindler Henry Turner Harrington attempted to escape his creditors on vessel Roslyn Castle.

January.......

 

Arrival of ship Hashemy. Passenger on board former Australian Agricultural Company agent Robert Dawson

Robert Dawson's Travels north of Port Stephens in 1826

 

January 31.......

Arrival of the convict ship Theresa. Master Walt Young. Surgeon Ed. Hilditch.

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

 

February.......

Squatters to pay variable tax as well as license fee. Revenue from tax for border police

February.......

Destructive fire in South Australian Land Office and Survey Office

February.......

Cockatoo Island first used as a convict establishment

Convict Era punishment cells unearthed on Cockatoo Island - ABC Local September 2009

 

February.......

 

Gang of 180 convicts employed preparing for commencement of Circular Wharf, Sydney

February.......

Bushrangers active in the vicinity of Peel River

Richard Young was indicted for shooting at Joseph Fleming, with intent to murder him at the Big River, on the 26th May, and William Allen, John Rose alias Henry Ellis, Thomas Spencer and Mary Ann, were indicted for being present aiding, assisting and abetting.  Find out more about these bushrangers here

 

 

March 1.......

Percy Simpson appointed Police Magistrate at Patrick Plains

March 9.......

Arrival of convict ship Planter

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Planter in 1839

March 14.......

Death of Sir Patrick Lindesay in Scotland (former Acting Gov. of NSW)

 ....Obituary of Sir P. Lindesay 1839

 

March.......

Edward John Eyre arrived (2nd time) in S.A. overland from Sydney

March 22......

 

Arrival of convict ship John Barry

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

 

March 31......

Maitland and Newcastle visited by Governor Gipps........

His Excellency the Governor arrived in the Tamar at Maitland on Sunday last. On arriving at Newcastle  His Excellency went on shore and was received on the beach in a very gratifying manner; he walked through the town attended by Major Crummer, the Police Magistrate, and viewed the church and coal mines, and after about an hour's absence returned to the steamer. - Sydney Gazette 6 April 1839

 

 

April........

Mechanics' Institute and Subscription Library opened in Maitland

April.......

Commencement of Army recruitment in colony

April.......

Sailor's Home established in Sydney

May.......

 

Arrival of Reverend William Branwhite Clarke and family

Clarke predicted the colony's mineral wealth. In 1841, chipping the quartziferous slates near Hartley in the Blue Mountains, he discovered particles of gold and later added evidence from Bathurst to the Liverpool Range that the country would be found 'abundantly rich in gold'

 

 

May.......

Edward John Eyre departed on an expedition to Spencer Gulf

May 6.......

Death of John Batman at Port Phillip

May.......

Bushrangers Telfer, Davis & Taylor active in upper Hunter River region

May.......

Colonel Snodgrass led mounted police in pursuit of armed bushrangers at large in Williams River district. Bushrangers in the Williams River district in 1839

May.......

Philip Parker King, R.N appointed commissioner of the Australian Agricultural Company

May.......

Angus McMillan begins expedition opening new route from NSW to Port Phillip District

June 17........

Arrival of the convict ship Waverley

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

June 23.......

Arrival of the convict ship Whitby

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June 23.......

Vessel Lucretia destroyed by fire in Sydney Harbour

June 27.......

Death of botanist Allan Cunningham in Sydney

More about Allan Cunningham

July 2........

Steamer King William wrecked at Newcastle........Read More about the wreck

Back to Frank The Poet

September........

Canadian exiles transported to NSW and VDL on the vessel Buffalo

Select here for 'The Exiles Return': Narrative of Samuel Snow

September........

Military juries abolished. All trials to be before a jury of 12 citizens

September 1.........

Arrival of the convict ship Parkfield

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September 5........

Port Darwin discovered by Captain John Lort Stokes in HMS Beagle

 

 

 

September 27........

Arrival of the convict ship Blenheim

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October 11........

Departure from the colony of swindler John Thomas Wilson in the brig Nereus

October 6.......

Death of surveyor William Light in South Australia

October.......

Departure of vessel Rover's Bride with Captain Edward Biddulph in pursuit of swindler John Thomas Wilson

October.......

Arrival in Melbourne of Superintendent of Port Phillip district C.J. Latrobe

October 25........

Death of pioneer pastoralist Thomas Henty in VDL

November.......

 

Death of English Missionary John Williams at the island of Erromango, New Hebrides at the hands of the natives (cannibals). John Williams had been a close acquaintance of Rev. Lancelot Threlkeld of Lake Macquarie.

Find out more about John Williams at Wikipedia

John Williams Missionary ship Medallion

Also murdered was James Harris from Ireland. He died intestate (SMH 12 April 1843)

 

 

November.......

 

 

Arrival of the United States naval scientific expedition in Sydney

Corroboree in Sydney. Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition During the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842 by Charles Wilkes

 

November.......

Wreck of brig Pelorus at Minto Head Port Essington N.T. 12 drowned
Perth Gazette 18 April 1840


The Pelorus had been recently taken over by Lieutenant Augustus Leopold Kuper of H.M. Frigate Alligator.
Captain Francis Harding who had been Master of the Pelorus for many years returned to Europe on sick leave in July 1839.

October 1833.....

Image of the church in which Captain Harding and Miss Dallas were married.



November 10.......

Arrival of the convict ship Mary Ann

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Mary Ann

November 29.......

Execution of bushrangers Alexander Telfer, Archibald Taylor and James Davis

December 8.......

Arrival of the convict ship Barossa.

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December......

 

 
Departure from Sydney of the United States Expedition en route for the Antarctic

Wilkes Expedition at the Antarctic 1840

 

 

December.......

Arrival of the Beagle in Sydney and a visit to Newcastle

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Text not availableDiscoveries in Australia With an Account of the Coasts and Rivers Explored and Surveyed By John Lort Stokes

 

 

December 26........

Arrival of the Convict ship Minerva

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

December.......

Count Strzelecki begins expedition to the Australian Alps