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  Colonial Events 1806  

Pirates at Newcastle 1806


There were many attempts to escape from the colony by water. A few were successful, many were not. Select from the links above to find some of those who absconded by boat from Newcastle settlement or escaped from Sydney and sailed northward in their bid for freedom


Newcastle, May 1806......

We lament, that notwithstanding the immediate measures pursued by the Officer in Command for apprehending the people who went off in one of the boats, yet no tidings whatever have been received of them. These people 8 in number, went off the 1st of April in an open boat with only provision for a few weeks, and neither mast, sail, or any single implement of navigation.

The Resource arrived two days after, and went immediately in pursuit, but after running beyond Port Stephens, and accurately examining every creek, bay, and inlet, returned well satisfied that the unhappy men had never outlived the tempest on the second night subsequent to their unfortunate flight.

Among these rash people was a young man of the name Douglas, Joseph Samuels, Charles Williams, whose time had not more than twelve months to run, and Joseph Coleman, a German....Sydney Gazette 18 May 1806

(Joseph Samuels arrived on the Canada in 1801 having been tried in 1795)







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