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.........  Estimated white population 4,016    

  Augustus Theodore Alt (17311815) Early Sydney - 1796 pen and wash drawing   

January...........Reward offered for Bushranger Black Caesar (Sydney)     

January...........Otter, commanded by Captain Ebenezer Dorr, was fitted out at Boston, and despatched to Sydney, where she anchored on 25 January 1796.

Scottish Martyr Thomas Muir escaped from the colony on board American ship Otter

January 16..........Opening of the first theatre in Sydney. The first performance of Edward Young's drama The Revenge was followed by a farce called The Hotel. Robert Sidaway a First Fleet convict was behind the venture.    

January 23....... Arrival of store ship Ceres  

February..........Black Caesar shot and killed by pursuers....... Historical Records of Australia Series 1
Governors' Despatches to and from England
Volume 1 1788 - 1796 p 555
Governor Hunter to The Duke of Portland {Extract}
We have now, my Lord, a band or two of banditti, who have armed themselves and infest the country all round, committing robberies upon defenceless people, and frequently joining the natives for that purpose; but as I have lately issued an Order in which a reward has been held out for the detection of those villains, as well as the discovery of another set of plagues, who, having been allowed a small quantity of ammunition for their own defence, there is reason to suspect they are in league with and supply these depredators, I have no doubt we shall soon be in possession of some of them. One of this gang ( a black man convict has, since the publication of this Order, been discovered, and in the endeavour to secure him he attempted to shoot the man who spoke to him, but there being two of them together, the other, in self defence, fired and shot him. The fate of this fellow, who has long been a notorious offender, will have its effect. A coroner's inquest was ordered on the body, and every step taken which on such occasions is required by law

February 11..........Arrival of Marquis Cornwallis from Cork. Master Michael Hogan.

March 16..........Death of Scottish Martyr Joseph Gerrald      

March 19..........Death of Scottish Martyr William Skirving He was buried in the Old Sydney Burial Ground
The Trial of William Skirving      

March..........Exploration of the South Coast and Port Hacking by Bass & Flinders      

April 30......   Arrival of ship Indispensable with 131 female prisoners and provisions for nine months after their arrival

April..........Resignation of assistant surgeon Leeds. D'Arcy Wentworth appointed in his place      

May ...........Merino sheep introduced into Australia by John Macarthur      

May 11...........Arrival of the store-ship Britannia from Bengal with 957 tierces of salt provisions and rice. Chartered by Capt. William Paterson of NSW Corps      

June....... Unsuccessful attempt to cross the Blue Mountains by George Bass..... A Description of the hardship endured by George Bass and his party      

June....... Coal found in a bay near Port Stephens

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

August..........William Balmain Principal Colonial surgeon    

August .........Departure from the colony on the Britannia of Captain David Collins, Captain William Paterson, Lieut. Abbott and Lieut. Clephan.    

November..........Governor Hunter to the Duke of Portland there was 'being erected upon the high ground over Sydney, a strong substantial and well-built windmill with a stone tower, which will last for two hundred years and are preparing materials for another such at Parramatta'      

November..........Printing press first used by convict George Hughes.    




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