Government Order - It having been reported to His Excellency the Governor, that the Colonial Vessels resorting from
hence to Newcastle for Coals are subject to unnecessary Delays and Expences, by Reason of the Length of
Time the small Crews of those Craft take in putting
the Cargo on board ; and it appearing that other inconveniences attend the landing of the Crews of private Vessels at Newcastle, which it is expedient to
guard against; It is hereby notified, that from henceforth all Cargoes of Coals required for private Vessels
at that Settlement will be put on board by the Government Men employed there in furnishing the
Coals ; and in Order to cover the Expences of this additional Duty, as well as to compensate in some Measure for the increased Labor of working the Mines,
the Price or Charge for Coals will be Twelve Shillings
per Ton free on board ; and no one will be allowed to
employ any other Persons than those immediately in
the Service of Government to put Coals on board
Vessels at Newcastle.
Arrival of the convict ship Ocean under Captain Samuel Remmington
Arrival of the convict ship Friendship under Captain Armet
Governor Macquarie's Birthday -
At Sunrise, on Monday the 19th Instant, the
Royal Standard Is to be hoisted at Fort Phillip, and
the Union at Dawes's Battery. At Twelve O'Clock at
Noon a Royal Salute is to be fired from Dawes's Battery ; and the 48th Regiment, paraded under Arms in
Hyde Park, will fire three Vollies in Honor of the Day.
immediately on the Conclusion of the Royal Salute
from the Battery.
His Excellency the Governor will hold a Levee at
the Government House, at One o'Clock on Monday
the 19th Instant, for the Purpose of receiving the
Congratulations of the Civil and Military Officers of
Government, and of the other Gentlemen of the Colony, on this auspicious Day.
The Deputy Commissary General will order the
usual Donation of Half a Pint of Spirits, and an extra
Ration of One Pound of Fresh Beef, to be issued to
each effective Non-commissioned Officer and Soldier
both at Head Quarters and the Out-stations ; and also
an extra Ration of One Pound of Fresh Beef to each
Mechanic and Labourer in the immediate Service of
Government, from the King's Stores, in Honor of the
The first Australia Day celebrations held
Vaccine against small pox imported from Mauritius. Innoculations to be available throughout the colony
Government Order, Engineer's Office,
2nd May, 1818.
On Monday next, the Government Working Hours
will be altered from Six o'Clock to Eight, when
the Bell will Ring every Morning at a Quarter before
that Hour during the Winter Season ; and it is expected that every Man in Government Employ, will
be at his Work precisely at Eight o'Clock, except on
Saturday Mornings, when they are to attend at Daylight.
Arrival of the convict ship Neptune The Neptune brought with her 170 convicts who had departed the Downs 20 December 1817 as well as 16 men who had escaped from New South Wales in the vessel Harriet and were apprehended at the Cape.
Departure of John Oxley's Expedition to investigate the
They departed from Bathurst on 28 May 1818 with an exploration party that comprised Deputy Surveyor General George Evans, Oxley's friend Dr John Harris, a botanist named Charles Frazer, and twelve convict men
On Monday last the 27th ult. His Excellency the Governor and Mrs. Macquarie and Staff, embarked on the government Brig Elizabeth Henrietta for the Settlement of Newcastle on Hunter's river The vessel got under weigh between 2 and 3 o'clock with a fair wind, which continuing equally favourable during the night, makes it probable that she would reach the place of her destination by 9 the next morning. His Excellency visited Newcastle in 1812 when in its infant state, and comparatively of little importance, being chiefly appropriated for the reception of convicts whose delinquencies here had rendered them liable to extraordinary punishments. It was also resorted to for supplies of lime, coal, and timber for the uses of Government. (Sydney Gazette 1 August 1818)
Macquarie Pier at Newcastlewas commenced in August 1818 when Captain Wallis was Commandant..
There were no artisans appointed to superintend and direct its construction. The engineers at that time, and up to the time of the work ceasing, were subalterns of the 46th and 48th regiments, and totally ignorant of their duty - the mechanics and workmen generally, were under the orders of an old sergeant of the 46th regiment who was principal superintendent of public works and died at Newcastle. The overseers under him were two stonemasons, who, though good mechanics in their way, were totally unfit to carry such an important undertaking into effect. The work at the pier ceased entirely in the early part of the year 1823......read more in the Australian
Captain James Morisset, 48th regt., appointed Magistrate and Commandant at Newcastle in the room of Captain James Wallis
Directive by the Governor that an Institution for the protection of male orphans in a state of povery and distress, were to be assigned a buildling formerly occupied at Sydney by the Female Orphans Institute which had been removed to Parramatta. The building was to undergo repairs and was ordered to commence on Friday 1st January 1819. Thomas Bowden appointed Master.