Colonial Events 1821

 

 

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Colonel Lachlan Macquarie Governor of NSW until December

 

 

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First Court house built, Newcastle

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19 executions in the colony in 1821 

January......

Limestone Plains, Canberra area explored by Charles Throsby

 

January 3......

 

 

Two men killed at Newcastle by lightning strike - Charles Louch and Francis Farrell.

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January 3.......

Newcastle Christchurch spire damaged by lightning

January 9......

Arrival of the Prince Regent convict ship. Captain Francis Clifford. Surgeon Alexander Taylor.

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Prince Regent.

January 17......

 

Two men, two women, and an infant, were drowned in the Hunter's River about a mile from Newcastle when their boat upset. They were Mrs. Allen, wife of a settler at Wallis Plains, Mrs. Swan, also wife of a settler at Paterson’s Plains, with her infant child, and Thomas Trainer and Jeremiah O’Neil, prisoners.

 

February 8......

Commissioner John Thomas Bigge returned to Britain on the Dromedary. Saluted with 13 guns from Dawes' Battery on his embarkation from the Governor's Wharf. Two Flank Companies of 48th Regt., to parade under Arms in Macquarie Place as Guard of Honour to the Commissioner.

February 12......

Arrival of convict ship Prince of Orange. Master Thomas Silk. Surgeon Superintendent Shaw Rutherford.

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Prince of Orange


 

February 19......

Arrival of convict ship Lord Sidmouth

The Lord Sidmouth departed Cork 4 November 1820 and arrived in Port Jackson 19 February 1821. Master James Muddle. Surgeon Thomas C. Roylance

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Lord Sidmouth

 

March 8.......

Stage coach commenced between Sydney and Parramatta.

Passengers - two Ministers, 2 Bank directors inside and 3 Officers of the 48th regt. outside passengers. Bugles played the entire journey

 
   

March 10.......

 

Captain Francis Allman appointed Commandant at Port Macquarie

 

March 10......

 

Rev. George Augustus Middleton appointed Assistant Chaplain at Newcastle

 

March 12.......

Arrival of the convict ship Dick

Master William Harrison. Surgeon Robert Armstrong R.N.

 

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March 13.......

Death of former NSW Governor John Hunter aged 83 years

Text not availableThe Annual Biography and Obituary for the Year (read more)

 

March 21......

 

Settlement at Port Macquarie founded by Captain Francis Allman. Soldiers, stores and convicts to Port Macquarie in the schooner Prince Regent, brig Lady Nelson and cutter Mermaid. Lieut. William Wilson of 48th regt., appointed Engineer and Inspector of public works

April.......

Murrumbidgee River explored by Charles Throsby

April 2.......

Passengers on board the Jessie - Henry Dangar, Robert Coram Dillon and Alexander Livingstone.

 

May 2.......

Death of surgeon Thomas Arndell

 

May 11.......

Death of George Howe, founder and editor of Australia's first newspaper (Sydney Gazette)

 

May 18.......

Arrival of convict ship Speke. Captain Peter McPherson. Surgeon Edward Coates.

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Speke.

 

June.......

Government vessel Snapper made the fastest voyage ever from Sydney to Newcastle and back in 38 hours.

 

July.......

Death of commissary William Broughton

   

July 9.......

Wreck of the Phatisalam at Hunter Island, Bass Strait. Captain Peter Dillon

September 8.......

 

Arrival of the convict ship Adamant

Captain William Ebsworthy. Surgeon James Hamilton.

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Adamant.

 

 

September 16.......

Arrival of convict ship Grenada 2

Captain Andrew Donald.  Surgeon Peter Cunningham

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Grenada.

 

 

October 25.......

 

Sailed for Europe - The Duchess of York. Passengers included G. Cathcart, William Redfern (& wife) and Edward Eagar with Emancipist petition re convict attaint

 

October.......

Arrival of John Rotton on the Lusitania, Captain Langdon

November 1........

Governor Macquarie departed on the Elizabeth Henrietta for a tour of inspection to Port Macquarie and Newcastle

November 7.....

Arrival of convict ship John Barry. Captain Roger Dobson. Surgeon Dan McNamara.

Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the John Barry.

 

 

November 7.......

Arrival in Sydney of Sir Thomas Brisbane and Australia's first government astronomer Christian Carl Ludwig Rumker on the merchant ship Royal George, under Captain Powditch

 

November.....

Lieutenant William Lawson traverses the site of Mudgee

November 17.......

Unusually high tides in Sydney

 

November 24........

 

Arrival of convict ship Hindostan.

Select here to read more about the Hindostan

 

November 24........

Lieutenant E.C. Close appointed engineer and inspector of public works at Newcastle

December 1.......

 

Sir Thomas Brisbane became Governor of the Colony

Nineteen gun salute to celebrate the occasion....Read more here

Reminiscences of General Sir Thomas Makedougall Brisbane

Sir Thomas Makedougall Brisbane died in 1860. Click on the text below to read his full obituary.

 

December 15......

Arrival of the Mariner, Captain Douglass from London. Passengers William Dun , wife & two children; Mrs. Reiby, Miss Reiby, Miss Jane Reiby; Lieut. & Mrs. Thompson; George Reiby; Mr. McLeod; Master Howe; Henry Moore; Henry Davis; Dr. H.E. Church; Henry Hawse; Henry Owen, Mrs. Stroud; Master William Apsey; Alex. Tompsey; Cornelius Dempsey.

 

 

December 16......

 

Arrival of Minerva convict ship with169 male convicts. Mariner John Bingle, later referred to as 'the father of commerce in Newcastle' passenger on board. Military guard under Lieut. Hingston.

Select here to find out more about the voyage of the Minerva

Gravestone of John Bingle Newcastle Cathedral Burial Ground

 

 

December 18.......

Arrival of convict ship John Bull.   Captain William Corlette. Surgeon William Elyard.

Find out more about the voyage of the John Bull HERE

 

December.......

Macquarie Harbour penal settlement established in December 1821

See The Forgotten Women Convicts, Macquarie Harbour 1821 - 1826 by Irene Schaffer

 

 

 

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