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28th regiment stationed in Newcastle 1836 - 1837


Drought continues in NSW
 

The Felony of New South Wales Being a Faithful Picture of the Real Romance of Life in Botany Bay published. With Anecdotes of Botany Bay Society ... By  James MudieCastle Forbes was James Mudies' estate in the Hunter Valley.
 

January 5....... Arrival of convict ship St. Vincent from Cork.
 

January....... Edward Deas Thomson appointed Colonial Secretary vice Alexander McLeay


January....... Sir John Franklin appointed governor of Van Diemen's Land.

Sir John Franklin's Appointment
 

January....... Joseph Weller vessel belonging to J. Peacock on shore at Port Stephens with large hole in the bottom.


January.......Caernarvon vessel struck a sand bank on entering Newcastle harbour


January 23....... Brisbane Water settler Willoughby Bean arrested, put in irons and sent to Sydney on the Betsy. Later tried and acquitted of cattle stealing
 

February...... Arrival of Irish immigrants on the Lady MacNaughten. Vessel quarantined due to typhoid fever

Historical Records of Australia, Series 1, Volume XIX, p.12..... Report of the Board appointed by His Excellency Sir Richard Bourke to Inquire into, and Report on the causes which occasioned so great a loss of human life among the Emigrants embarked at Cork in November 1836 in the ship Lady MacNaughten, which arrived in the Port of Sydney on 26th February 1837 and was placed in Quarantine in consequence of the highly contagious fever prevailing on board. This report includes a list of the witnesses examined.

See also Elizabeth Rushen's Homepage for a list of passengers on the Lady MacNaughten


February....... Rev. Charles Pleydell Neale Wilton of Newcastle appointed by the Bishop of Australia as his Surrogate for granting marriage licenses
 

February 7....... Arrival of the convict ship John


February 12........Arrival of convict transport Norfolk from Portsmouth with 279 prisoners. Botanist Allan Cunningham passenger


February 18....... Arrival of the vessel James Watt. Alexander Brown passenger on board
 

February........Newcastle Breakwater to be strengthened. In February 40 labourers were sent from Sydney to Newcastle to begin work
 

March....... Approval of Town plan of Melbourne by Governor Burke



March 15....... Death of road builder William Cox

 

April....... John Bingle and child and D.A.C.G. John Paty with two children (husband of Dorothy Paty) depart on the Kinnear for England

 

April 23....... Death of land owner Archibald Bell


April 23....... Arrival of the convict ship Sarah & Elizabeth. Master John Davidson. Surgeon John Rankine.
 

May 8....... Arrival of the convict ship Prince George


May......... J.T.Hughes, G. Porter, Peter McIntyre, John Eales, J.White, and M. Goggs, convicted of conspiracy, in preventing Crown Lands from being disposed of at a higher rate than the upset price.


May.........Foundation stone of St. Andrew's Cathedral laid by governor Sir Richard Bourke
 

May 26..........Governor Bourke directed to discontinue the assignment of convicts to free settlers in the colony.
 

May 30....... Arrival of the convict ship Margaret


June..........First Issue of South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register


June..........Busby's bore completed almost ten years after commencement.


June 1....... First land - 100 allotments sold in Melbourne. Lowest price 7; highest price 95
 

June....... First cargo of stone prepared at Goat Island by convicts arrived at Newcastle for construction of new barracks


July 10....... Arrival of the convict ship Mangles


July 12.........Arrival of convict ship Heber. Captain Campbell. Surgeon Superintendent Dr. Neall, R.N., Passengers Captain Furlong 80th regt., Mrs. Furlong + 4 children. 

Select here to find out about bushranger Edward Murtagh who arrived on the Heber


July....... George .W. Jackson appointed pilot at Newcastle


July 13..........Permission granted by King William IV for South Australian capital to be named after Queen Adelaide
 

July 17....... Arrival of Lloyds convict transport. Master Edward Garrett


August 2....... Earthquake at Newcastle

On Wednesday night, the 2nd instant, at twenty minutes past ten, Newcastle was visited with a very smart shock of an earthquake; it was accompanied by a loud noise, something similar to a park of artillery firing at a distance, which lasted from twenty to thirty seconds (The Australian 8th August 1837)
 

August 2....... Convicts working on the Newcastle breakwater seriously injured in an explosion. They were employed in blasting rock and had been ramming the powder down when the explosion took place. They were taken to Newcastle hospital.


August 5....... Arrival of the convict ship Calcutta. Captain Joseph Brown. Surgeon Anthony Donoghoe RN. The Guard consisted of Lieutenant Scheberras, Ensign Tyrrin and 27 rank and file of 80th regiment

More about Rinaldo Scheberra at Colonial Military Officers

Find out more about bushrangers Edmond Branigan and Timothy Braddish, John Shea and John Quigley who arrived on the Calcutta


September....... Australian Gas light Company formed in Sydney


September....... Duke of York, Captain Morgan wrecked 800 miles north of Moreton Bay
 

September....... Death of Architect Francis Greenway. Buried St. Peter's cemetery, East Maitland


September 5........ Death of pioneer farmer James Ruse


October....... Edward Denny Day appointed Police Magistrate at Muswellbrook
 

October....... News received in colony of the death of William IV
 

October 2....... Rev. Threlkeld's windmill at Lake Macquarie struck by lightening


October 9....... Arrival of convict ship Charles Kerr. Captain Harford Arnold


October 25....... Bushrangers Sullivan, Bowser and Doolan Captured by mounted policeman George Colway in a gully at Weary's Creek, NSW
 

October 25....... Arrival of convict ship James Pattison. Captain Cromarty. Surgeon Thomas Robinson


October....... Vessels entering Newcastle harbour in danger because coal for the coal fired beacon was not being supplied...........Read more


November...... Resignation of Sir Richard Bourke accepted although successor not yet named. To depart on the Samuel Winter after a levee at Government House

Sir Richard Bourke


December 2...... Arrival of the convict ship Asia V Select HERE to find out more about the voyage of the Asia
 

December 5....... Governor Bourke departed from the Colony


December....... Steamer Tamar grounded at Reid's Mistake. Capain Mulhall. Read Captain Mulhall's account


December 6...... Lieutenant Colonel K. Snodgrass (Lieutenant-governor) from 6 December 1837 to 23 February 1838
 

December....... Arrival of ship Portland with passengers Rev. Dr. Lang (returning) and the following clergymen: Messrs. George McFie, George Anderson, John Gregor, James Forbes, Thomas Dugall, James Fullerton, H.R. Gilchrest, R. Blane, Cunningham Atkinson. John Goodwin Esq., surgeon. Total of 310 emigrants.
 

December....... Sir George Gipps appointed Captain General and Governor in Chief of New South Wales and Van Dieman's Land

Sir George Gipps


December....... Departure of first overland mail from Sydney to Melbourne


December 22...... Arrival of convict ship Henry Wellesley bringing female prisoners


December....... Loss of the vessel Vulcan off Nobbys reef.     Read the account from the Sydney Herald


December 25....... Arrival of the convict ship Sir Charles Forbes Master James Leslie. Surgeon William Clifford

 

 

 

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