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1788

Arrival of the First Fleet to Botany Bay; removal to Port Jackson; colony of NSW formally proclaimed


1789

Marines executed; outbreak of small pox; James Ruse's farm; return of the Sirius with supplies for the colony; wreck of the convict ship Guardian


1790

Sirius wrecked off Norfolk Island; first salt made at Dawe's Battery; arrival of the Second Fleet; Governor Phillip speared by Willemering.


1791

Escape from the colony of William and Mary Bryant; first land grant in Australia; arrival of the Third Fleet; commencement of whale fishery


1792

Arrival of convict ships Pitt, Royal Admiral and Kitty. Return to England of Governor Phillip and the NSW Marine Corp


1793

Arrival of convict ships Bellona and Sugar Cane; the vessel Francis launched in Sydney; John Macarthur granted 100 acres


1794

Arrival of convict ships William and Surprize. Attempt by Henry Hacking to cross the Blue Mountains


1795

Port Stephens surveyed by Charles Grimes; arrival in the colony of Governor Hunter; expeditions by Matthew Flinders and George Bass in the Tom Thumb


1796

Escape of Thomas Muir on the Americal ship Otter; bushranger Black Caesar shot and killed; arrival of convict ships Marquis Cornwallis and Indispensable


1797

Wreck of the Sydney Cove; arrival of the convict ships Britannia and Ganges; mutiny on the Lady Shore; Lieutenant John Shortland entered and named the Hunter River; departure of George Bass to explore the south coast.


1798

Wilson's Promontory sighted by George Bass; arrival of convict ships Barwell and Britannia


1799

Circumnavigaton of VDL completed by Bass and Flinders; arrival of convict ship Hillsborough


1800

Arrival of convict ships Minerva, Speedy, Friendship, Porpoise and Royal Admiral; entrance to Lake Macquarie discovered. Irish conspiracy uncovered; arrival of James Grant on the Lady Nelson


1801

Arrival of convict ships Anne, Earl Cornwallis, Canada, Minorca and Nile. Expedition to Hunter (Coal) River. Settlement established at Coal River (Newcastle)


1802

Attempt by George Caley to cross the Blue Mountains; Matthew Flinders encounter with Nicholas Baudin at Encounter Bay. Attempt by Francis Barrallier to cross the Blue Mountains; government settlement at Newcastle closed.


1803

Exploration of the site of Melbourne by Charles Grimes; Disappearance of George Bass; Cato and Porpoise wrecked


1804

Stone bridge built over the Tank Stream; government brewery at Parramatta; uprising of convicts at Castle Hill; Newcastle re-opened as a penal settlement


1805

Launch of the Governor Hunter; Lieut. Menzies resigned from position at Newcastle; loss of the Francis off Newcastle


1806

Catastrophic flooding at the Hawkesbury; arrival of William Bligh on the Lady Madeline.


1807

Report by Governor Bligh re the public buildings in Sydney; departure of Phillip Gidley King for England; John Tucker appointed storekeeper at Newcastle


1808

John Macarthur charged with sedition; Governor Bligh arrested


1809

William Lawson commandant at Newcastle; first post office in the colony established


1810

Lachlan Macquarie took up his appointment as Governor of NSW; Lieut. John Purcell appointed Commandant at Newcastle; death of Lieut-Governor Collins in VDL


1811

William Evans appointed surgeon at Newcastle; James Hardy Vaux to Newcastle; Lieut. Skottowe appointed Commandant at Newcastle; building of Sydney Hospital commenced


1812

Governor Macquarie visited Newcastle; Simeon Lord established a glass blowing shop; publication of select committee report into transportation


1813

Gregory Blaxland, William Lawson and William Charles Wentworth crossed the Blue Mountains opening up the interior of NSW for European settlement. John Macarthur sent the first wool exports to England. Holey dollar and dump became legal tender



1814

In 1814 the penal settlement at Norfolk Island was closed and Newcastle became the main repository for second time offenders; Arrival in the colony of 46th Regiment under command of Lieutenant - Colonel Molle



1815

Road westwards across the Blue Mountains completed under the superintendence of Lieut. William Cox; Government Notice - Permission from authorities needed to land at Newcastle



1816

Over 14,000 convicts transported to Colony by the end of the year; Survey of the Mouth of the Hunter River by Lieut. Charles Jeffreys



1817

Bank of New South Wales opened for business in Macquarie Place Sydney ; Expedition by John Oxley westward from Bathurst to explore inland plains.






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