1807 - At Cockle Bay, Sydney Harbour, a chap managed to survive
a shark attack.
1808 - The ship City of Edinburgh arrived at Port Jackson with
a cargo of 100,000 litres of whiskey. Part owner Alexander Berry is
1809 - Gnung-a Gnung-a Mur-re-mur-gan, the first Australian
Aboriginal to visit America ( in 1793), was found dead in present
day Sirius Park, Sydney ; his death was thought to be related to
old injuries inflicted by warrior Pemulwuy.
1810 - Governor Lachlan Macquarie appointed emancipist Andrew
Thompson a Justice of the Peace and Chief Magistrate at the
Hawkesbury. He was the first emancipist magistrate appointed.
1814 - Nurragingy (Creek Jemmy), chief of South Creek, and
Mary-Mary, chief of the Mulgoa clan, with their families, totalling
51 men, women and children, visited Governor Macquarie at
Parramatta. They were given breakfast and dinner (midday meal) in
the Government Domain (Parramatta Park). Narrang Jack, a previously
hostile Aborigine, came to give himself up.
1823 - In an effort to shape up those shocking convicts who sat
around knitting all day, Rev Archibald MacArthur held the first
Presbyterian service in Hobart.
1824 - Governor George Arthur, hearing about the fine woollen
garments those convicts were spinning with their yarns in Tassie,
dropped by for a look-see.
1826 - The Hobart Town Gazette reported the visit to Launceston by
When crossing Patersons Plains they were wantonly fired on by
the whites, and in their return some of their women were treated
with indescribable brutality. When they reached the Lake River, two
sawyers, who had never before suffered molestation, were wounded
with their spears.
1830 - The first large grant of the year was allotted on this
day to Mr. Thomas Peel, who selected 250,000 acres, described as in
1835 - Rev. Henry Carmichael established the Normal
Institution to train teachers for system of national schools in
NSW, situated near Hyde Park it opened for the admission of
boarders and pupils on this day.
1835 - A collision occurred between the first paddle steamer to
operate in NSW coastal waters, Sophia Jane, and the steam tug
1836 - Charlie Darwin popped his head in at Sydney to make our
acquaintance while he was parked on board HMS Beagle.
1837 - The ship Coromandel anchored in Holdfast Bay, South Oz,
where ten of the crew deserted and could not sail without more
crew. Governor Hindmarsh offered a reward of 5 per head, or 50 for
the ringleader, for information leading to their apprehension.
The deserters headed for the hills, then came to a lovely valley
which they named after their ship, Coromandel., where some of them
1838 - Mudgee, NSW, was gazetted as a village.
1843 - Heron Island was eyeballed and named by J...