In 1926 the Dungog Chronicle printed a series of articles touching on the history of Port Stephens.
Included were extracts from the diary of Sir Edward Parry which began when he arrived at Port Stephens in 1830.
Below is a list of the contents of each article with a link to the relevant newspaper.
ARTICLE NO. 1
First references to Port Stephens in Captain James Cook's log
Notes from master's mate Richard Pickersgill describing Port Stephens in 1770
29 July 1830 - Magistrates Bench held at Tahlee. Thomas Stafford (per James pattison) sentenced to 2 years in a penal settlement
Henry Dangar completed his survey to the north of the Manning River
The Carrington, the ship that had formerly been named the Bona Vista, owned by Mr. Richard Stubbs arrived at Port Stephens after being 3 weeks at sea from Sydney, the crew was almost starved.
2 August 1830 - Outrage by Blacks at Lawler's station. Shepherd Matthew Delaney speared. Sir Edward accompanied by Lieut. Donelan, John Stacy and George Jenkins proceeded to Lawler's station
3 August 1830 - Sir Edward returned to find convicts had opened the stores and helped themselves to alcohol.
7 August 1830 - Vengeance on the blacks - Constable John Field found the tribe of aborigines who had speared Delaney and ordered the soldiers to fire on them
8 August 1830 - Major Archibald Clunes Innes on his way to his estate near Port Macquarie called at Carrington. Also Major Kidd of the 57th regiment. In the evening Dr. Moran arrived to visit the blind boy Aaron Matthews. Also in the evening a visit from Major Sullivan from Stroud.
9 August 1830 - Constable Field dispatched in pursuit of Hogue's murderer
Dr. Nisbet returned from his exploration to the North
19 August 1830 - Constable John Field returned to Port Stephens having succeeded in finding the murdered of Hogue, a native called Nicodemus who was killed by the Port Stephens natives. Two others Tim and Yabbi were severely wounded
31 August 1830 - Sir Edward left Tahlee for a visit to Maitland. He was met at Maitland by Lieut. Wood and Captain and Mrs. Aubyn. He visited the 40 acre veteran allotments and observed an enormous native fig tree 101 ft in circumference on the land owned by Peter McIntyre (Pitnacree). Word was received by Capt. Aubyn the bushranger Jack Donohoe was in the neighbourhood.
4 September 1830 - Lambton sailed for Sydney with draft of valuable rams and was later blown on shore in violent weather. She was re-floated by the extraordinary efforts of Dr. Nisbet, Mr. Corlette, Charles Hall and Mr. Ebsworth and others
8 September 1830 - Nest of scoundrels residing at Sawyer's Point all of whom Sir Edward thought lived off the company
11 September 1830 - The brig Mary and Elizabeth and the sloop Fairy sheltering at Nelson's Bay during bad weather
18 September 1830 - William Barnes junior taken ill with inflammation of the lungs
20 September 1830 - Site chosen for a slip for hauling up the Lambton just within the entrance of the North Arm on the west Shore. This appears to be the first reference to occupation of the place that is now Tea Gardens.
Cattle and other thieves at Port Stephens
7 October 1830 - Sir Edward visited Booral accompanied by Mr. Mathison (brother-in-law of Mr. Davidson one of the Company directors)
10 November 1830 - The Liverpool sailed from Port Stephens for Sydney with Mr. Charles Cowper and eight bushrangers who had been captured on Liverpool Plains and brought to Port Stephens
Difficulties with shearing and wages for shearers
18 November 1830 - Sir Edward accompanied by Mr. Scott and Mr. Daren for Booral and Stroud. Proceeded to the Washpool where floods had swept away men's huts. Arranged with Mr. Leman to build a small school house at Stroud
19 November 1830 - Set off the the sheep shed with Charles Hall. Letters from home lost when the Lord Liverpool was driven on shore at Nobbys
20 November 1830 - First meeting of the Savings Bank committee held in Sir Edward's office.
Sir Edward and Dr. Nisbet both seriously ill
Bushrangers on the road between Stroud and Carrington
17 December 1830 - Adam Howitt's wife assisted by Sir Edward after her husband violently assaulted her.
18 December 1830 - Outrage committed at Stroud by the soldiers sent to look after the bushrangers.
25 December 1830 - A general holiday and Divine service in the forenoon. Extra mutton was service to officers and indented servants and a few extra allowances to the prisoners including half a pint of rum each.
31 December 1830 - Wheat crop on No. 1 farm failed
1 January 1830 - Public dinner given and afterwards perhaps the first cricket match played north of Sydney. The prisoners put together a good band of music
4 January 1831 - Difficulties with Mr. Burnett and Mr. Barton
11 January 1831 - Sir Edward set off on horse back for Newcastle
5 March 1831 - Sir Edward returned to Port Stephens with Captain Robert Gerald Moffatt and wife of the 17th Regiment. Captain Moffatt had been appointed to fill Lieut. Donelan's place. In Sir Edward's absence in Sydney old John Adams, the horse shoer had been drowned crossing a flooded creek near Stroud and a prisoner named Booth was killed by a falling tree.
7 March 1831 - Mr. Burnett's conduct vexatious to Sir Edward and brickmaker Charles Olive wishing to leave the Company
11 March 1831 - Heavy hailstorm
Convict Hewitson committed for trial at Stroud for stealing from settler named Simmons
15 March 1831 - Sir Edward and Lady Parry to Booral for the opening of the school. This was the first time Lady Parry had been able to leave the children to visit Booral. Thomas Simes was constable and schoolmaster. In the afternoon they rode out to Telligherry (Barnes' station)
1 April 1831 (Good Friday) - Offensive correspondence from Mr. Barton and Sir Edward decides to attempt to dismiss him
5 April 1831 - Mr. (Francis) Mitchell who had been visiting Sir Edward left to visit Rev. Richard Hill at Newcastle
6 April 1831 - Mr. Mitchell returned to Port Stephens with Rev. Hill
8 April 1831 - Dr. Nisbet and Charles Hall arrived from their pioneering expedition west of the Barrington. Rev. Hill preaching at the settlement
14 April 1831 - Captain Moffatt discovered the gang of thieves who had been causing so much trouble
16 April 1831 - Mr. Barton causing difficulties. Worker William Haly in trouble for insolence
16 April 1831 - Indented servants refusing rations of beef because of the bad quality and extra proportions given. Sir Edward sat on the Bench and reprimanded the watch house keeper for improper conduct
21 April 1831 - More trouble from Mr. Barton
22 April 1831 - Henry Hall and Mr. Sempill prevented from travelling from Stroud to Segenhoe because of swollen creeks.
27 April 1831 - The Lambton arrived with Charles Hall, Mr. Tozer's daughter, two prisoners and a woman servant for Captain Moffatt
13 August 1831 - Sir Edward returned home by steamer disembarking at Graham's where a horse awaited
14 August 1831 - Glad to meet his congregation again. New Zealand missionary Rev Yates to visit the following week
15 August 1831 - Sir Edward to Booral and Stroud
17 August 1831 - Catechizing children at the Stroud school. New house for Thomas Simes and family. In the afternoon to Telligherry with Charles Hall to see new lambing shed
20 - 26 August 1831 - Sir Edward attending to office work at Carrington and 26 assigned servants arrived and were distributed to sheep and agricultural depots.
21 August 1831 - Rev Yates held two services and gave Communion
25 August 1831 - Sir Edward in Sydney and received instructions from the AA Company member Hart Davis. James Edward Ebsworth appointed accountant and Sir Edwards 'second' in place of Dr Nisbet and Mr. Barton to receive six months notice to quit. He dined with Colonel Despard and the officers of the 17th regiment. At Port Stephens three runaways from Port Macquarie were captured
13 September 1831 - Sir Edward met with Col. Dumaresq in Sydney. While in Sydney received word from Carrington that all was quiet except for Mr. Burnett who was determined to cause trouble. The schoolmaster at Carrington Mr. Manson very ill.
15 September 1831 - Lady Parry was safely delivered of a fine girl
1 October 1831 - Sir Edward returned to Port Stephens
2 October 1831 - Church services well attended. Mr. Manson recovered.
7 October 1831 - Sir Edward to Sydney regarding trouble at the Newcastle coal mines
28 October 1831 - Returned to Tahlee with Lady Parry and children
7 November 1831 - Henry Dangar to leave for the Liverpool Plains the following week. Sir Edward to Booral accompanied by Messrs John Armstrong and Henry Darch. On arrival at the landing they were met by Messrs Henry Hall, Thomas Jones and Thomas Laman. He promised Jones whose agreement with the Company expired in February next to apply for a free license for his intended house near Mr. Cory's. They inspected shearing shed and washpool. On to Stroud where he met with Mr. Tozer who was afflicted with a complaint in his eyes.
8 November 1831 - Sir Edward set off from Stroud for the Gloucester accompanied by Henry Hall and Mr. Darch. They reached there at 3.15. The home was beautifully situated with bold mountain scenery called Hinne's Craigs and Melville Peaks.
9 November 1831 - After vising stock yards they rode over to the stations of William Telfer and McIntyre at the Barrington River. Decisions about whether to use Gloucester flats or Barrington flats to grow maize the following year. Returned over the pass called The Buckets. Fished for perch in the Gloucester River
10 November 1831 - Sir Edward decided to establish a dairy for both cheese and butter to sell on the Company's estate. Garden of Eden on Stroud River not suitable for a mill
11 November 1831 - Returned to Carrington having met with Captain Moffatt and surgeon James Ward Martindale of the 17th regiment on the way
12 November 1831 - Sir Edward informed by Attorney General that it would be illegal for him to sit on the Bench in cases of convicts and imprudent with free servants. Mr. Manson appointed postmaster at Carrington
14 November 1831 - Judge Therry visited Port Stephens having ridden from Maitland
15 November 1831 - Sent disguised samples of poor wool via Captain Corlette of the Lambton to Sydney
16 November 1931 - Singleton's vessel took 280 bushels of the Company's wheat to be ground
18 November - The steam boat Sir Edward was having built at Carrington - one of the first to be built north of Sydney was nearing completion
19 November 1831 - Resignation of Mr. Sawkins ignored and Sir Edward ordered him to build a mill
20 November 1831 - Mrs. Gorton's child baptised
21 November 1831 - Trouble with the new steamer. A visit from Lawrence Myles from Williams River with offer to trade maize for two bulls.
28 November 1831 - New steamer almost ready. Sir Edward and Lady Parry visiting houses found they were greatly improved. Ringing of evening bell altered from 7pm to 8pm, as the men had behaved very well.
30 November 1831 - Launch of the first steamer at Carrington. The Karuah paddled about the harbour at about 3 knots
1 December 1831 - Sir Edward sat as magistrate in the case of an aboriginal boy who robbed an assigned servant of Captain Cromarty.
2 December 1831 - Decisions about a proper situation for a water mill near Booral. Alderley Stables almost ready for reception of horses. A cottage being built for the farrier and his family.
5 December 1831 - Sir Edward and Mr. Ebsworth to Carrington via Alderley on a new road. Countryside devastated by bushfires
6 December 1831 - Mr. Armstrong to Stroud to prepare for the new mill. Sir Edward received word from Mr. Croasdill in Newcastle that the new Governor had arrived in Sydney and he arranged to travel to Sydney to meet with him
10 December 1831 - Returned to Port Stephens
14 December 1831 - Mrs. Stubbs' infant baptised by Sir Edward
15 December 1831 - One of the servant maids almost put her foot on a diamond snake at the back door of Tahlee House
17 December 1831 - The Lambton arrived from Sydney with 11 assigned servants. The land close around Carrington on fire. Night watches kept
18 December 1831 - Fire close to Tahlee and all hands sent to put it out. Sir Edward's order of a fire break saved the house. No 1 farm threatened by the fire as well.
19 December 1831 - 40 bales of wool sent on the Stirling Castle for London
23 December 1831 - Dispute between Constable John Field and Captain Moffatt. Disputes also between William Wetherman and Captain Moffatt. Sir Edward and Lady Parry thankful for the preservation of their three children from great danger. The twins were in a little carriage and the infant carried by a maid servant, when a large limb of a tree fell down. The man who was drawing the carriage heard it crack and drew it on quickly in consequence so that it fell about two yards behind them all.
25 December 1831 - Sunday - Holiday throughout the estate and the usual extra allowances given. Annual public examination at the Carrington School. Cricket game between officers of the Company and indented servants. Band of music by the prisoners.
27 December 1831 - A dinner in a large and handsome booth on the Flat to all the indented servants and families and military 90 in number
29 December 1831 - Capture of bushranger William Elder per Manlius who was in company with Haines an absconder from the company's employ who had planned to rob Sir Edward and escape in a Company boat
2 January 1832 - A groom at Carrington suspected of stealing and fencing Company goods. corporal Hogan of the 17th regiment complaining of ill usage by his sergeant.