|An Account of the English Colony
in NSW: With Remarks on the Dispositions, Customs, Manners etc.
Of the Native Inhabitants of That Country. To which are Added
Some Particulars of New Zealand. By DAVID COLLINS, Esquire, Late
Judge Advocate and Secretary of the Colony Volume I. Chapter
While this little
settlement was establishing itself, the Golden Grove returned
from Norfolk Island, having been absent five weeks and four
days. It brought letters from Lieutenant King, the commandant,
who wrote in very favourable terms of his young colony. His
people continued healthy, having fish and vegetables in
abundance; by the former of which he was enabled to save some of
his salted provisions. He had also the promise of a good crop
from the grain which had been last sown, and his gardens wore
the most flourishing appearance.
A coconut perfectly
fresh, and a piece of wood said to resemble the handle of a
fly-flap as made at the Friendly Islands, together with the
remains of two canoes, had been found among the rocks, perhaps
blown from some island which might lie at no great distance.
The Golden Grove, on her return to this port, saw a very
dangerous reef, the south end of which, according to the
observation of Mr. Blackburn (the master of the Supply) who
commanded her for the voyage, lay in the latitude of 29 degrees
25 minutes South, and longitude 159 degrees 29 minutes East. It
appeared to extend, when she was about four leagues from it,
from the NE by N to N.
The Golden Grove brought from
Norfolk Island a lower yard and a top-gallant-mast for herself,
and the like for the Fishburn.