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In 1789 drought threatened the colony, and the small freshwater stream that ran into Sydney Cove proved an inadequate source of water. To overcome this, holding tanks were later cut into the sandstone banks to provide storage for the water. This stream became known as the 'Tank Stream'.
Old tank stream colonial australia illustrated engravings

JANUARY 1

Example of the uniform of the Marines from a painting by Charles C. Stadden on the jacket of 'The First Fleet Marines 1786 - 1792' by John Moore (ISBN 0   7022   2065  5)
Officers invited to dine at the Governor's table

.......Example of the uniform of the Marines from a painting by Charles C. Stadden on the jacket of 'The First Fleet Marines 1786 - 1792' by John Moore (ISBN 0 7022 2065 5)


February 2

Death of Captain John Shea of the Marines who died of consumption after a long illness



MARCH 27



Six marines executed in Sydney for stealing food - James Baker, James Brown, Richard Dukes, Thomas Jones, Luke Haynes and Richard Askew.


APRIL 15

Outbreak of Smallpox amongst the aborigines at Port Jackson. The English Review......




Image of child illustrating effects of smallpox (20th century)

Mear, Craig., The Origin of the Smallpox Outbreak in Sydney 1789 Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society (June 1, 2008)



April 28

Mutiny on the Bounty

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Mutiny on the Bounty. Dangerous Voyage of Captain Bligh, in an Open


MAY 18

Death of Arabanoo from small pox



JUNE

First play performed in Australia - George Farquhar's comedy The Recruiting Officer.  Read 'The Recruiting Officer



AUGUST 8

First Police Force in the colony - Nightwatch......Names of the first Night watch

First Launching of vessel in Sydney - named the Rose Hill Packet by the convicts. An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales

An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales



NOVEMBER 21

James Ruse -  farm - supported from the public store until 25 February 1791.

 

NOVEMBER 25

Aborigines Colbee and Bennelong taken prisoner

Select Here to view an image of Bennelong



DECEMBER 

Lieutenant William Dawes led a party into the mountains across the Nepean River, penetrating 15 miles (24 km) in 3 days   An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales From Its First Settlement in January 1788, to August 1801 By David Collins

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......An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales From Its First Settlement in January 1788, to August 1801 By David Collins





DECEMBER 24

The Store ship Guardian, Captain Riou, laden with stores and carrying 25 convicts and and a crew of 123 struck an iceberg 400 leagues from the Cape of Good Hope. Captain Riou died during the attack on Copenhagen on 2 April 1801 and was commended by Lord Nelson for his gallantry and bravery.






 

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