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January 2........

 

 

Arrival of convict ship Neptune II

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Neptune

 

 

January 6.......

Captain Richard Tasker Furlong appointed Assistant Engineer and Superintendent of Ironed Gang at Newcastle

 

 

 

January 9.......

Site fixed upon for village of Mudgee, district Wellington. 2 per acre

January 16.......

520 women and 130 children in the Parramatta Female Factory

January 23.......

 

Arrival of Minerva with immigrants; quarantined after typhus fever broke out. Read about Rev. Christopher Eipper and other passengers who arrived on the Minerva.

Rev Eipper

Find the names of passengers on the Minerva who died:

 

 

 

January 23.......

 

Josephh Hawdon overlanded335 cattle 1,000 miles in 10 weeks on the route that became known as The Sydney Roadd


 

 

January 23.......

 

Tenders called for construction of small court house and lock up at Seaham, N.S.W.

 

January 26.......

Waterloo Creek massacre of 100 - 300 indigenous Australians at Snodgrass Lagoon, Waterloo Creek. Find out more about Major James Nunn

January 26.......

50th Anniversary of the Colony celebrated with a regatta on Sydney Harbour and a Public Holiday

January.......

Mr. Middleton appointed Clerk to the Bench at Raymond Terrace

February.......

Miner employed by the Australian Agricultural Company at Newcastle sentenced to 50 lashes for refusing to go down into the mine

Find out who it was here

February.......

Tenders called for building Court House at Muswellbrook

February 6.......

George Boyle White appointed surveyor

February 8.......

Arrival of the convict shipArrival of the convict ship Waterloo

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February 9.......

Arrival of the convict ship Emma Eugenia from London

 

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Emma Eugenia

 

 

February......

Application for purchase of town allotments at Raymond Terrace approved by the acting Governor, Colonel Snodgrass

February 23.......

 

 

Arrival of  Sir George Gipps  on the vessel Upton Castle.

 

February 24.......

Sir George Gipps took up his Appointment as Governor of the colony on 24th February 1838

MarchMarch5........

 

Death of Lieutenant-colonel Henry Dumaresq at Port Stephens (Read the obituary of  Henry Dumaresq here)

 

 

 

March 8.......

Dinner in honor of Colonel Snodgrass

 

 

March.......

Bushrangers Patrick Cuffe and John Toole to be executed in Newcastle in the presence of the Stockade men

March 20.......

Royal Victoria Theatre opened

March 20.......

 

Foundation stone of St. Peter's Church laid

 

 

 

March 28.......

Arrival of the convict ship Diamond. Master Jamess Bissett

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of theto find out more about the voyage of the Diamondd

 

 

Aprill........

 

Arrival in Adelaide of the first of the 'Overlanders' Joseph Hawdon

 

 

 

April 11.......

Arrival of the convict ship William Jardine

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April.......

Failed expedition by Lieut. Lushington & Sir George Grey to North West coast of Australia

April 27.......

Death of colonial surgeon John Harris.

John Harris took part in the expedition to Hunter's River in John Harris took part in the expedition to Hunter's River in June 1801

April.......

Loss of the coasting vessel Delight off Newcastle

Select here to read the account in the Sydney Gazette

 

April 30.......

Botanic Gardens thrown open to the public by order of Governor Sir George Gipps

May 12.......

Death of Rev. Samuel Marsden at Parsonage House, Windsor

May 24.......

Opening of David Jones store in Sydney

June.......

Robert Barrington Dawson appointed Magistrate of the Territory

June 9 / 10.......

Myall Creek Massacre took place - John Blake, Charles Kilmeister, William Hawkins, John Johnstone, Charles Toulouse, James Lamb, Edward Foley, James Oates, James Parry, George Palliser all charged with murder of aborigines at Myall Creek. They were admitted to Newcastle Gaol on 13th September 1838.

Below is correspondence from William Hobbs to the Magistrate at Invermein Edward Denny Day....

 

Myall Creek Massacre. NRS 19437 [SZ1053]]from State Records NSW

William Hobbs later entered the Police Force in the Hunter Valley before his appointment to Wollongong Gaol.

 

 

June.......

Cutter Rover's Bride constructed at Cabbage Tree Point, Norah Head.  Built by Korff from the wreck of the Ceres.

June 1.......

 

Departure from Port Jackson of thee Minerva for Liverpool. The Sydney Gazette reported that the steerage passenger on thee Minerva was Mr. Crawford. Crawford was the claimant of the Earldom of Crawfurd and Lindsay with the estate attached valued at 20,000 per annum (SG 2 June 1838)was Mr. Crawford. Crawford was the claimant of the Earldom of Crawfurd and Lindsay with the estate attached valued at 20,000 per annum (SG 2 June 1838)was Mr. Crawford. Crawford was the claimant of the Earldom of Crawfurd and Lindsay with the estate attached valued at 20,000 per annum (SG 2 June 1838)and Lindsay with the estate attached valued at 20,000 per annum (SG 2 June 1838)

In 1812 John Lindsay Crawford was sentenced to 14 years transportation for committing forgery in an attempt to make claim to the Estate. He arrived in Port Jackson on thee Earl Spencer in 1813 and later returned to England. After his death Crawford's heirs continued to make claims to the estate. in 1813 and later returned to England. After his death Crawford's heirs continued to make claims to the estate.

 

   

June 27.......

Arrival of the Westminster with 251 agricultural labourers and tradesmen & their families from Kent

July 21.......

Arrival of convict ship Bengal Merchant

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July 21.......

Arrival of the the Ship Magistrate from Ireland with immigrants

August 8.......

Arrival of the convict ship Lord Lyndoch. Master William Stead

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August 22.......

Arrival of the convict ship Westmoreland . Master John Brigstock. Surgeon George McClure

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August 27........

Arrival of the convict ship John Renwick.

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September.......

Reward offered for apprehension of John Fleming, native place NSW, wanted in connection with the Myall Creek murders

September........

 
Arrival of Philanthropist Caroline Chisholm in Sydney

 

Caroline Chisholm courtesy of the State Library of Queensland

 

 

September 10.......

Arrival of convict ship Clyde

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September 18.......

 
Arrival in Hobart of ornithologist John and Elizabeth Gould, their son J.H. Gould and nephew Henry Coxen on the Parseee, having departed London 16th May 1838having departed London 16th May 1838

Visit Treasures from the National Library - John Gould's birds of Aust

Elizabeth Gould was a sister of Stephen Coxen. Select here to find the location of of Coxen's estate in the Hunter Valley

 

 

September 26.......

Emigrant ship Palmyra detained in quarantine.

October 2.......

Arrival of the Coromandel carrying Bounty Immigrants.

Search State Records of New South Wales Online Microfilm of Bounty Ships

 

October 3.......

Arrival of the John McLellan carrying Bounty Immigrants

October 16.......

Court of Petty Sessions to be established at Raymond Terrace

October 26........

Settlement at Port Essington formed by James Bremer

November ..............

Influenza prevalent in colony causing many deaths. - Long lists of burials in the newspapers, events cancelled.

November.......

System of pre payment for letters introduced by the colonial Postmaster General in Sydney

November 2........

Proclaimed a General Day of Fasting by Governor Gipps

November 2.......

Arrival of the immigrant vessel 'Maitland' . Forty passengers died after scarlet fever and typhus broke out shortly after departing

November 12.......

Reward offered for bushranger Opossum Jack (John Hobson) who had absconded from the Iron Gang at Newcastle

November 19.......

Tarban Creek Mental Asylum established. First patients arrived 19th November

Select here for a description of Tarban Creek Asylum in 1849

November 21.......

Arrival of convict ship Earl Grey.  Master James Talbot. Surgeon Alexander Nisbett,

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November 28.......

Death of pioneer Solomon Wiseman

December.......

Patrick Grant appointed Police Magistrate at Newcastle

December 11.......

George Augustus Robinson appointed Chief Protector of Aborigines in NSW

December 18.......

Arrival of convict ship Portsea

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December 29.......

Arrival of the convict ship Elphinstone, Captain Thomas Flemlinn

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December 31.......

 
Arrival of the barque Francis Spaight from London; 370 tons; Captain Sayers. Passengers Rev. Dr. Ullathorne R.C. Vicar General; Rev. P.B. Gloghegan, Rev. Richard Marvin, Rev. Thomas Butler + Sisters of Charity