Historical Records of the Illawarra Region of NSW, Australia

1770 - 1855

A Chronological Guide to Sources and Events

Michael Organ and A.P. Doyle

January 1995


Contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Chronological Guide

Convict Gangs & Free Settlers 1836 - 1840

1836

Local branch of New South Wales Cattle Association formed.

Population - Wollongong district 1297, Kiama district 1312

January - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

1 - Blue Books: Edward Corrigan appointed Chief Constable; 1 district and 3 ordinary constables; 1 scourger.

1 - Sarah, schooner, to Wollongong with sundries.

1 - NSWGG: Tenders called for provisions.

8 - Lt Otway letter re assigned servant {AONSW}

12 - NSWGG: Tenders called.

12 - NSWGG: Tickets of leave.

14 - Grace Smith born at Wollongong Stockade, daughter of John Smith, soldier.

22 - Charlotte Osborne baptised.

28 - Bishop Polding writes from Wollongong .

February - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

2 - Sarah, schooner, from Wollongong with sundries.

8 - NSWGG: Tenders and contracts announced.

February 13 - HRA: Captain J.G. Collins letter to Lord Glenelg re leasing of land at Kangaroo Valley .

17 - Samuel Haberfield and Martha Jones married.

18 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

18 - Dr John Osborne to Col Sec seeking land grant.

19 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

20 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

23 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

24 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

28 - Sarah, schooner, from Wollongong with sundries.

March - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

5 - Sydney Gazette: Black Swan cutter overdue at Sydney from Wollongong . Lost off Five Islands .

9 - Francis Ranalds and Margaret Murphy married.

11 - Anne Spinks buried.

22 - NSWGG: Tickets of leave.

28 - William Peberdy and Mary Ferry married.

April 1 - Lt Sheaffe replaces Lt Otway at Crossroads Stockade.

1 - Report on loss of cutter Swan with Patrick Lysaght and William Goring.

4 - NSWGG: Tickets of leave.

5 - NSWGG: Reward offered for murderer of P. Fox at Kiama.

10 - Lt Henry Maxwell Otway commits suicide at Crossroads Stockade.

13 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

16 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

17 - Thomas sloop from Wollongong with sundries and passengers.

26 - NSWGG: Tickets of leave.

27 - Captain Westmacott purchases 60 acres at Woonona from Moses Brennan.

May - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

Reverend John Dunmore Lang and his brother Andrew visit Illawarra - see J.D. Lang's An Historical and Statistical Account of New South Wales.

4 - Captain Westmacott purchases 300 acres at Bulli from Cornelius O'Brien.

10 - Captain Westmacott purchases 100 acres at Woonona.

21 - Edward, schooner, from Shoalhaven with sundries.

23 - Ann Louisa and William Thomas Pugh, George Wood, Frances and William Hunt, and Mary Ann Smith baptised.

25 - NSWGG: Tickets of leave.

29 - Harriet Wiffin baptised.

June - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

1 - District Constable appointed.

12 - James Macbeth born at Wollongong Stockade, son of Norman Macbeth of 50th Regiment.

13 - NSWGG: Tickets of leave.

16 - Surveyor Elliott ordered to survey "Great Reserve" at Illawarra.

26 - James Macbeth baptised.

28 - NSWGG: Tickets of leave.

29 - Thomas Taylor granted license for the " Royal Oak " inn at Wollongong .

July - Surveyor Elliott ordered to survey church site at Wollongong .

NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

1 - Blue Books: Watchhouse Keeper appointed; Medical Attendant appointed to Iron Gang.

2 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

3 - Martha Haberfield buried.

5 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

10 - William Boyce buried.

11 - NSWGG: Tickets of leave.

July 26 - The Colonist: Report on Wollongong road gang.

27 - NSWGG: Alfred Holden replaces W.N. Gray.

August 1 - Alfred Holden replaces W.N. Gray as resident Police Magistrate at Illawarra.

1 - Robert Benjamin and Ann Burton married.

14 - Henry Miller baptised.

16 - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra; list of runaways.

23 - NSWGG: Tickets of leave.

26 - James Parry, convict, dies at Wollongong Stockade.

September - Return of punishments available.

Catholic Church built at Wollongong to seat 250.

5 - Jeremiah Buffy buried.

8 - Hesta Williams baptised.

19 - Backhouse and Walker - Campbelltown to Appin.

20 - Captain Westmacott applies to Col Sec re land at Bulli.

20 - NSWGG: Illawarra runaways.

20 - Backhouse and Walker, Quaker missionaries, arrive at Appin.

21 - Backhouse and Walker travel from Appin to Wollongong . Reverend Backhouse reports on Crossroads road gang.

22 - Backhouse and Walker at Wollongong .

23 - Backhouse and Walker at Wollongong and Mount Keira .

24 - Backhouse and Walker at Wollongong .

25 - Backhouse and Walker at Dapto and Marshall Mount.

26 - Backhouse and Walker at Marshall Mount.

27 - John Howse and Bridget Bourke married.

27 - Backhouse and Walker at Kiama.

September 28-30: Backhouse and Walker at Shoalhaven and Coolangatta.

October 1-3: Backhouse and Walker at Shoalhaven.

4 - Backhouse and Walker travel to Bong Bong.

5 - Backhouse and Walker at Berrima.

16 - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

17 - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

24 - Thomas Rogers and Mary Mitchell married.

30 - Richard Hughes baptised.

November 3 - Captain Westmacott receives letter from Col Sec re land at Bulli.

5 - Edward, schooner, from Shoalhaven with sundries.

9 - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

14 - NSWGG: Tickets of leave.

20 - William Smith baptised.

24 - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

December 9 - John Henry Williams and Ellen Mulcahy married.

10 - William Gogerly and Eliza Kelly married.

10 - Andrew Campbell, convict, dies.

11 - Henry Angel baptised.

13 - Thomas Chilby and Janet Stewart married.

17 - Joseph Taylor and Eleanor Amar married.

17 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

17 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

19 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

21 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

22 - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

24 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

December 25 - Hannah George baptised.

26 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

26 - William Reckets and Fanny Hart married.

27 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

27 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

28 - NSWGG: Tickets of leave.

30 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

31 - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

31 - 50th Regiment at Illawarra - 1 subaltern, 2 corporals, 24 rank and file.

1837

General Return of Convicts in New South Wales .

Select Committee on Immigration - evidence by Colonel Leahy re his Wollongong property, the Mount Keera Estate {NSWLC V&P, 1837, p651}

January 1 - NSWGG: Tenders called for supply of provisions to garrison.

2 - Westmacott letter re Cornelius O'Brien's land at Bulli.

10 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

10 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

11 - Captain Westmacott purchases 132 acres at Bulli.

11 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

11 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

11 - Westmacott buys 132 acres at Woonona.

12 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

13 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

14 - Surveyor Elliott instructed to prepare plan of Kiama.

15 - William Elliott baptised.

January 19 - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

20 - Alexander Stewart appointed constable.

20 - Westmacott letter re land at Illawarra.

23 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

24 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

25 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

25 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

31 - Col Sec letter re Chippendale land at Austinmer.

February - Captain Barney instructed by Governor Bourke to carry out harbour works at Wollongong .

2 - NSWGG: Tickets of Leave.

4 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

7 - NSWGG: Alexander Stewart appointed Police Constable at Wollongong .

9 - Alexander Elliott obtains license for The Wollongong Hotel.

9 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

10 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

11 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

12 - Edward Davis baptised.

13 - Samuel Sneyd and Catherine Muleaby married.

15 - Westmacott letter re land at Illawarra.

18 - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

24 - Monitor: Marriage at Wollongong church by Rev. M.D. Meares.

25 - Col Sec letter to Captain Westmacott re land at Bulli.

March 3 - John Kay, convict, dies at Illawarra Stockade.

3 - NSWGG: Captain Westmacott issued 132 aces at Bulli.

4 - John Rickles and Margaret Renalds married.

March 6 - William Kelly and Susan Ireland married.

7 - NSWGG: Tickets of leave.

8 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

10 - Anne Gilchrist born at Wollongong Stockade.

13 - NSWGG: Tickets of leave.

21 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

22 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

29 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

30 - William IV, steamer, leaves Sydney for its first trip to Wollongong .

April 1 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

2 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

2 - Elizabeth Taylor and Anne Gilchrist baptised.

2 - William IV departs from Wollongong with sundries, mail, and passengers.

3 - William Vincent and Mary Driscoll married.

3 - Thomas Henry Taylor baptised.

4 - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

9 - Isabela Hudson baptised.

9 - Edward, and Lark, schooners, from Wollongong .

9 - Roger Hale Sheaffe born at Wollongong Stockade.

10 - NSWGG: Tickets of leave.

12 - Deed for grant of Keelogues property issued to J.H. Plunkett.

13 - Col Sec letter from Alexander Elliott re sale of land to Captain Westmacott.

21 - SMH: Son born to Lt Sheaffe at Wollongong Stockade.

28 - John Cowen, First Fleeter, dies at Kiama.

30 - Mary Graham baptised.

May 1 - Edward, schooner, from Shoalhaven.

2 - Governor Bourke at Wollongong . Presented with an address.

3 - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

7 - Lucy Rixon and Edward Chilby baptised.

9 - NSWGG: Tickets of leave.

11 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

12 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

14 - James Reberdy baptized at Wollongong , son of a Mounted Policeman. Also Elizabeth and William Simpson.

15 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

17 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

17 - NSWGG: Governor Bourke's Illawarra address published.

18 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

20 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

20 - Edward R. Stack issued 300 acres; promised to John Stack in 1825.

21 - Roger Hale Sheaffe baptised.

22 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

24 - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

24 - Edward, schooner, from Shoalhaven.

28 - Thomas Henry Taylor buried.

29 - NSWGG: Tickets of leave.

29 - William Garrett and Mary Coghlan married.

June 4 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

4 - John James Denniss baptised.

12 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

15 - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

June 19 - NSWGG: Tickets of leave.

20 - License issued for The Gum Tree Inn at Kiama, to David Smith.

21 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

21 - William Blackmore and Elizabeth Lewis married.

24 - Alexander Elliott's Wollongong Hotel name changed to The Governor Bourke Family Hotel.

27 - Michael Hyam obtains license for The Harp hotel at Jamberoo.

27 - Cornelius Hoolihan obtains license for The Governor Bourke hotel.

28 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

29 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

29 - Westmacott letter re land at Illawarra.

30 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

30 - Governor orders Surveyor Elliott to locate Illawarra Reserve land into 100 acre lots.

July 1 - Samuel Coulston obtains license for "The Traveller's Inn " at Wollongong .

9 - Elizabeth Harrigan baptised.

10 - John Algar and Margaret Whithill married.

11 - Captain Westmacott purchases 105 and 50 acres at Bellambi.

14 - Henry Hunt and Mary Anne Elliott married.

17 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

August - Thomas Daniel Ellis, convict, dies.

2 - William Wilson and Elizabeth Perkins married.

3 - SMH: Report on Westmacott's fall from horse.

3 - James Spears and Ellen Cunningham married.

4 - Australian: Report on Westmacott's fall from horse near Appin.

10 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

10 - Edward, schooner, from Shoalhaven.

August 14 - James Watt, steampacket, leaves Sydney for Wollongong , with passengers, troops, convicts, and stores.

15 - James Watt, steamer, leaves Wollongong for Sydney with passengers and troops.

15 - Thomas Keevers born at Dapto.

16 - Captain Patrick Plunkett (80th Regiment) replaces Lieutenant Sheaffe (50th Regiment).

18 - Albion , new brigantine, from Wollongong with potatoes.

21 - Blue Books: Thomas Cronin appointed Foreman of Works at Wollongong harbour.

23 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

26 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

29 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

September 4 - George Baines and Catherine Murphy; John Blinknell and Julia Shea married.

5 - William James and Isabella Nuura married.

6 - Surveyor Elliott surveys Captain Collins' land at Kangaroo Valley .

8 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

8 - Edward, schooner, from Shoalhaven.

9 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

11 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

18 - William Hill and Catherine Coffey married.

18 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

19 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

20 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

27 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

27 - Reverend John Tait created first Presbyterian minister at Illawarra.

30 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

October 3 - Surveyor Elliott forwards plan of Kiama township.

9 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

11 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

13 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

16 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

23 - Sydney merchant A.B. Spark begins visit to Illawarra and Jamberoo Valley .

23 - Edward, schooner, from Shoalhaven.

26 - Michael Hindmarsh letter.

28 - Edward, schooner, to Shoalhaven.

November 2 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

3 - A.B. Spark ends visit to Illawarra.

4 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

4 - Col Sec letter re Westmacott land at Bulli, titled Woodlands.

7 - William IV, steamer, to Wollongong .

8 - William IV, steamer, from Wollongong with sundries.

14 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

16 - Captain Westmacott mortgages land at Illawarra for £800.

16 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

17 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

30 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

30 - Captain Westmacott granted 60 acres at Woonona.

December - Bishop Polding sends Mr and Mrs Fowler to establish Catholic school at Wollongong .

1 - Lieutenant Rait replaces Captain Plunkett as Superintendent of Iron Gangs and Assistant Engineer.

1 - Patrick Plunkett appointed Police Magistrate at Illawarra.

5 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

5 - Australian: List of Illawarra magistrates.

8 - Eliza Harriett Harris dies at Wollongong , age 25.

18 - Work begins on excavations at Wollongong harbour with convict labour.

18 - Captain Westmacott granted 60 acres, Woodlands, at Woonona.

22 - Australian: Address to Alfred Holden.

26 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

27 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

27 - George Brown's "Ship" hotel moves to Dapto.

29 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

31 - 80th Regiment - 1 Captain, 1 Subaltern, 2 sergeants, 29 Rank and File

1838

January 1 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

13 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

15 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

16 - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

20 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

23 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

31 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

February 1 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

3 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

5 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

7 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

9 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

12 - SMH: Report on Green robbery incident.

16 - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

February 26 - NSWGG: Westmacott's 60 acres at Wollongong .

March 10 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

14 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

15 - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

19 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

21 -Return - Bench of Magistrates.

23 - Elizabeth, cutter, to Wollongong and Kiama.

24 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

31 - Reverend Matthew Devenish Meares appointed Illawarra Anglican rector.

April 5 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

6 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

8 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

9 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

11 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

12 - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

16 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

17 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

May 4 - Edward Palmer replaces James O'Brien Croker as Postmaster at Wollongong .

5 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

14 - Peter Jackson replaces James O'Brien Croker as Clerk to the Bench of Magistrates and Registrar to the Court of Requests.

15 - William IV, steamer, to Wollongong .

15 - Australian: R.M. Westmacott's "Series of Views in Australia " published in Sydney .

15 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

23 - Sydney Monitor: Report on Wollongong harbour works.

June - Public informed that Woodstock Mills (Jamberoo) would begin operations in July (Jervis, p155)

2 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

12 - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

23 - David Dillon obtains license for "The Wollongong Hotel".

29 - Hugh Kennedy obtains license for the "Governor Bourke" hotel at Wollongong .

29 - Michael Hyam obtains license for "Jews Harp" at Kiama.

July 20 - Thomas Dowards, convict, dies.

August 9 - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

22 - Sydney Monitor: William Bucknall owner of Stanwell Park at "Bole".

September 6 - Reverend J.D. Lang's Dunlop Vale sold at auction.

15 - Sarah Hay born at Dapto Stockade.

19 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

22 - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

22 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

24 - A.B. Spark begins visit to Illawarra and Kangaroo Grounds.

26 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

29 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

October 1 - Monitor: Marriage of Alfred Holden PM to Jane Osborne.

5 - NSWGG: List of assignment of male convicts at Illawarra.

9 - A.B. Sparke visit to Illawarra ends.

10 - Monitor: Report on Sydney-Appin mail coach.

11 - Surveyor Burnett submits plan of Kiama to Surveyor General.

11 - Westmacott letter to Col Sec re Chippendale land at Austinmer.

18 - Union, from Shoalhaven with hay, beef, and butter.

21 - Henry Scales replaces Edward Corrigan as Chief Constable.

October 29 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

31 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

November 3 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

12 - William Johnson, convict, dies at Wollongong Stockade.

18 - Sydney Monitor: Report on Bishop Polding's visit to Illawarra.

28 - Sydney Monitor: Report on Bishop Polding's visit to Illawarra.

December 8 - NSWGG: List of Magistrates.

10 - Surveyor Burnett forwards plan for town of Kiama .

16 - Sydney Gazette: Wollongong Market Square .

18 - James Keevers born at Dapto.

21 - Captain Westmacott mortgages land at Illawarra for £1200.

22 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

24 - H.A.B. Bennett letter to Governor Gipps re grant of land.

26 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

26 - Sarah Smith, wife of C.T. Smith, dies, age 39.

27 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

29 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

31 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

31 - 80th Regiment at Illawarra - 1 Captain, 3 Sergeants, 30 Rank and File.

1839

January 1 - Australian: Advertisement for Mdme. Dubost school at Wollongong and land sale by J.T. Wilson.

2 - Earl of Durham arrives in Sydney with Dr Robert and Margaret Menzies.

5 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

5 - Australian: Sale of Brighton Hotel.

7 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

7 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

10 - Surveyor General submits plan for Village of Kiama to the Governor.

12 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

12 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

12 - Frederick Raitt born at Illawarra Stockade.

14 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

15 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

16 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

16 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

30 - John Gooding dies at Wollongong Stockade.

February 1 - William Taylor replaces Peter Jackson as Registrar of Court of Requests at Illawarra.

2 - Captain Westmacott purchases Wollongong lots off C.T. Smith.

4 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

9 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

9 - Sydney Gazette: Report on Wollongong .

12 - Sydney Gazette: Town of Balgownie established on John Buckland's 1920 acres.

13 - A.B. Sparke buys 650 acres at Kangaroo Ground.

16 - NSWGG: Notice re site for Kiama township.

19 - Governor approves plan for town of Kiama .

20 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

20 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

22 - Agreement between C.T. Smith and R.M. Westmacott re land at Wollongong .

21 - Doctor Robert Menzies buys 600 acres at Jamberoo.

27 - Private John Hart dies at Wollongong Stockade.

February 28 - Dr and Mrs Menzies at Appin, en route to Jamberoo.

March 3 - The Menzies' arrive at Kiama.

6 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

9 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

10 - Baby Collins dies at Dapto Stockade.

11 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

13 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

14 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

15 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

18 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

19 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

20 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates. Constable Joseph Davis dismissed, replaced by Stephen Costello.

21 - Croom grant of 1280 acres issued to Isabella Crocker.

22 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

22 - 2560 acres at Jamberoo, named Curramore, granted to Thomas Foster. Promised 1830.

25 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

26 - H.A.B. Bennett letter to Governor Gipps re mistreatment at Illawarra and request for land.

April 2 - Colonel J.T. Leahy, owner of the Mount Keera Estate dies at The Club, Sydney.

3 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

4 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

5 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

9 - H.A.B. Bennett letter to Governor Gipps.

11 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

13 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

April 18 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

19 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

20 - Surveyor Burnett instructed to lay out Kiama township.

22 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

24 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

May 3 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

4 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

6 - Surveyor Burnett instructed to survey allotments at Kiama for James Danley.

7 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

8 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

9 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

10 - Notice re meeting to discuss formation of Illawarra Steam Packet Company.

10-17 Lady Jane Franklin in Illawarra.

11 - Australian: Steamer to run from Sydney to Illawarra.

13 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

14 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates. List of Publicans.

14 - Meeting to discuss formation of Illawarra Steam Packet Company.

16 - Australian: Report on meeting of committee of Illawarra Steam Packet Company.

19 - The Menzies move from Kiama to site of Minamurra House at Jamberoo.

21 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

22 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

23 - First stonework laid at Wollongong Harbour by Mr Cronin.

23 - Australian: Wollongong Steamship Co. purchases Maitland.

24 - William Davey dies at Wollongong Stockade.

May 25 - Captain King of A.A.Co. dispatch to London re Westmacott coal land at Bulli.

30 - Maid of the Mill, schooner, blown ashore at Kiama and wrecked.

June 3 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

3 - SMH: Letter re formation of Illawarra Steam Packet Company.

4 - H.A.B. Bennett letter to Governor Gipps.

4 - Sarah, cutter, to Wollongong . Too rough, returned.

5 - Australian: Report on meeting of Illawarra Steam Navigation Company.

6 - Captain Westmacott letter to Col Sec re moorings at Wollongong Harbour .

7 - Balgownie Estate sold for £12,000.

8 - Announcement that Maitland would commence trips to Illawarra.

8 - Sarah, cutter, from Wollongong . Capsized at Sydney Heads.

10 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

10 - Bernard McCauley obtains license for "The Harp" hotel at Wollongong .

12 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

12 - John Wearin born at Illawarra Stockade.

12 - Colonist: Maitland purchased by Illawarra Steam Packet Company for £6500.

14 - NSWGG: Westmacott granted 300 acres at Bulli.

15 - Steamer Maitland commences service to Wollongong .

19 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

22 - William Dawson obtains license for "The Royal Oak" at Wollongong .

23 - The Sydney Standard : Report on Maitland trip.

24 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

24 - Maitland, steamer, from Wollongong .

24-30 Andrew Brown of Lithgow visits Illawarra and Shoalhaven (IHS July 1970).

26 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

June 29 - Michael Hyam obtains license for "The Harp" at Jamberoo.

29 - Hugh Kennedy grant of 50 acres at Corrimal.

July 1 - No. 4 Company of the 28th Regiment of Foot takes up posting at Illawarra, replacing the 80th Regiment.

2 - Maitland, steamer, from Wollongong . Hazardous voyage.

4 - Captain Westmacott requests lease of 1280 acres at Austinmer-Coledale. Col Sec refuses.

13 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

16 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

16 - James Alderson obtains license for "The Wollongong Hotel".

20 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

21 - Maitland, steamer, from Wollongong with passengers and cargo.

23 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

27 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

29 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

30 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

30 - Westmacott letter re Chippendale land.

August 1 - Dr Bartholomew O'Brien succeeds Dr John Osborne as District Surgeon.

3 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

3 - Westmacott to Col Sec re Chippendale land to be called Clifton .

4 - Presbyterian church at Wollongong opened by Reverend Tait.

5 - Charles Throsby Smith marries Mrs Isabella Campbell Jackson at Wollongong . His second wife.

6 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

7 - SMH: Report on opening of Presbyterian church.

9 - Maitland, steamer, from Wollongong .

10 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

August 13 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

14 - Dr Bartholomew O'Brien appointed Medical Superintendent at Wollongong .

15 - Maria Organ born at Wollongong Stockade.

16 - Maitland, steamer, from Wollongong .

29 - Australian: Liquidation of Illawarra Steam Packet Company and formation of General Steam Navigation Company.

September 2 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

3 - Organ family arrive in Sydney on Bussorah Merchant. Settle in Wollongong.

6 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

10 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

15 - William IV, steamer, from Wollongong .

16 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

17 - NSWGG: Trustees appointed for bank deposits at Wollongong .

27 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

29 - Elizabeth Joanna Menzies born at Jamberoo.

29 - Maitland, steamer, to Wollongong with Governor Gipps and suite.

October 1 - Maitland, steamer, from Wollongong .

6 - William IV, steamer, from Wollongong .

7 - First visit to Wollongong of Methodist minister Rev. Schofield.

12 - Col Sec letter re road from Braidwood to Batemans Bay .

18 - Deed issued to Westmacott for land at Austinmer titled ' Clifton ' with coal exemption.

27 - William IV, steamer, from Wollongong . Returned to port.

28 - Receipt from Captain Adams for pay for soldiers at Illawarra.

November 1 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

3 - William IV, steamer, from Wollongong .

November 5 - General meeting of General Steam Navigation Company.

6 - James Philcox dies at Wollongong Stockade.

8 - William IV, steamer, from Wollongong .

19 - Land for Catholic church at Wollongong brought from C.T. Smith for £20.

24 - William IV, steamer, from Wollongong .

28 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

29 - William IV, steamer, to Wollongong .

December - Catholic school established at Dapto, with teacher J. Hayes.

1 - William IV, steamer, from Wollongong .

2 - Henry Osborne and others begin overland journey from Illawarra to South Australia with cattle.

3 - William IV, steamer, from Wollongong .

6 - General Steam Navigation Company purchases Sophia Jane and Tamar for £18700.

6 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

7 - William Whettson dies at Wollongong Stockade.

9 - Maitland, steamer, to Wollongong .

12 - Surveyor Burnett to Surveyor General re Kiama.

25 - Maitland, steamer, from Wollongong .

30 - Richard Clough, convict, dies.

30 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

31 - 28th Regiment - 1 Captain, 2 Sergeants, 30 Rank and File. 203 Convicts

1840

John and Elizabeth Gould, ornithologists/artists, in Illawarra.

January 2 - Reverend W.B. Clarke and party from Wilkes' U.S. Expedition, including J.D. Dana, arrive at Wollongong .

2 - Mail first carried overland from Wollongong to Shoalhaven.

2 - Louisa Karshaw born at Wollongong Stockade.

3 - Clarke and Dana study geology at Wollongong .

4 - Australian: Petition for Bank at Wollongong .

Saturday: Steamer William IV arrives at Wollongong with Mr Agate and Mr Rich from the US Expedition. Clarke and Dana investigate geology along beach north of Wollongong .

5 - William IV, steamer, from Wollongong .

6 - Clarke and party travel to Dapto and Kangaroo Ground.

7 - Clarke and party travel to Shoalhaven and Coolangatta.

7 - Commencement of weekly mail to Shoalhaven and Kiama.

8 - Clarke - Shoalhaven to Kiama.

9 - Clarke - Kiama to Wollongong .

10 - Clarke - Wollongong to Appin.

11 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

11 - Australian: Notice re Bank at Wollongong .

12 - William IV, steamer, from Wollongong .

15 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

15 - Meeting of General Steam Navigation Company.

17 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

18 - Governor to take steps regarding Westmacott coal and AACo rights.

20 - HRA: Letter re Westmacott and AACo coal rights.

February - James Gormly and family arrive in Illawarra.

2 - William IV, steamer, from Wollongong .

10 - Presbyterians at Kiama meet Reverend Tait and form a committee.

11 - Australian Chronicle: Report on value of Illawarra land.

14 - Australasian Chronicle: Report on Illawarra.

15 - Australian: Westmacott cautions against employing his escaped convicts.

17 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

22 - George Gulliver dies at Wollongong Stockade.

23 - Elizabeth Organ dies at Wollongong Stockade.

26 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

27 - Maitland, steamer, from Wollongong .

28 - SMH: Legal dispute over ownership of Sophia Jane and Tamar.

29 - Col Sec letter re road from Minamurra to Kiama, from J.G. Collins.

29 - Charles Throsby Smith issued 1280 acres at Calderwood. Promised in 1829.

March 3 - Captain Westmacott mortgages land at Illawarra for £2000.

3 - William IV, steamer, from Wollongong .

3 - 2000 acres at Kembla Grange promised to J.D. Wylie in 1829, issued to Andrew Lang and Gerard Gerard.

4 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

8 - Blue Books: Captain Adams replaced by Lt James D. Morris as Superintendent of Iron Gangs and Assistant Engineer.

10 - Australian: Tenders called for building of Roman Catholic church at Wollongong .

12 - Australian: Report on race meeting at Wollongong .

12 - William IV, steamer, from Wollongong .

13 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

14 - HRA: Governor Gipps minute re Westmacott coal land at Bulli.

16 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

17 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

17 - Letter from Surveyor Burnett to Surveyor General re Kiama.

19 - Australian: Report on race meeting at Wollongong .

20 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

21 - Captain Adams leaves for England . Replaced by Lieutenant J.D. Morris.

March 23 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

26 - Australian: Report on race meeting at Wollongong .

30 - Andrew Lang issued with grant for 2000 acres at Kembla Grange.

31 - Australian: Land sale at Wollongong .

April 1 - William and Thomas Organ purchase discharges from 28th Regiment to settle in Illawarra.

2 - Australian: Report on race meeting at Wollongong .

3 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

3 - Murder at Macquarie River {Campbell Papers}.

7 - William Sharpe Macleay letter re visit to Illawarra (Mander-Jones).

7 - Col Sec letter re road from Minamurra to Kiama, from J.G. Collins.

7 - Maitland, steamer, from Wollongong .

7 - Australian: 51 acre farm at Dapto sold.

7-9 Race meeting at Wollongong .

8 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

10 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

16 - Australian: Report on race meeting at Wollongong .

17 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

18 - Australian: Report on race meeting at Wollongong .

20 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

20 - R.M. Westmacott's watercolour 'Wollongong from the Stockade, April 20th, 1840.'

23 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

23 - Col Sec letter from Abraham Lincolne re road through his land at Kiama.

23 - Australian: Cottages at Wollongong for sale.

24 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

May - James Robinson letter from Fintona Cottage, Wollongong .

2 - Australian: Advertisement re Garden of New South Wales and Andrew Lang's estate sale.

12 - Australian: Advertisement re sale of Dunlop Vale estate.

14 - Australian: Advertisement for land sale at Wollongong .

16 - Australian: Report on Kiama town.

19 - Australian: Advertisement re sale of Illawarra General Stores.

25 - Martin McDouagh, convict, dies.

25 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

28 - Australian: Andrew Lang sells part of Kembla Grange estate.

29 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

29 - William IV, steamer, to Wollongong . Put back due to heavy swell.

June 3 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

8 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

9 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

9 - Australian Mining Company formed to mine Westmacott's land at Bulli.

9 - Col Sec letter to P. Plunkett re National School at Wollongong .

9 - Australian: Advertisement re sale of Cabbage Tree Farm at Dapto.

10 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

12 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

13 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

14 - Plunkett letter to Col Sec re National School.

16 - Col Sec letter re Kiama road.

18 - Australian: Cottage for sale at Wollongong .

20 - William Dawson obtains license for "The Royal Oak".

23 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

25 - George Brown's "Ship" hotel at Dapto renamed "The Illawarra Hotel".

June 26 - Charlotte, cutter, wrecked at Wollongong harbour.

27 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

27 - Letter and petition from residents respecting National School at Wollongong .

30 - Sydney Gazette: Report on wreck of Charlotte .

30 - William IV, steamer, from Wollongong .

July - John Palmer's steam mill begins operations at Wollongong .

1 - Col Sec letter re survey of Westmacott land at Bulli.

7 - William IV, steamer, from Wollongong .

9 - Australasian Chronicle: Prospectus for Australian Mining Company.

11 - Anne Deane dies at Charcoal Creek Stockade.

11 - Australian: Sale of land at Kiama.

12 - Australasian Chronicle: Letter re Australian Mining Company.

18 - John Henry senior dies at Riversdale.

19 - Thomas Smith dies at Wollongong Stockade.

22 - HRA: Letters re Westmacott and the AACo.

25 - Col Sec letter re Kiama road.

August - Croom grant at Terragong offered for sale in lots.

1 - Alexander Elliott replaces Edward Palmer as Postmaster at Wollongong .

1 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

1 - Australian: Report on buildings at Dapto, and murder at Albion Park ; cottage for sale; farm at Keelogues.

3 - Maitland, steamer, from Wollongong .

7 - Counter petition from residents re National School at Wollongong .

12 - NSWGG: Illawarra Police District described.

12 - Australian: Legislative Council grants a further £1700 for Wollongong Harbour works (also 29th).

12 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

18 - Maitland, steamer, from Wollongong .

22 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

24 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

25 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

25 - Maitland, steamer, from Wollongong .

31 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

September 3 - Maitland, steamer, from Wollongong .

5 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

7 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

8 - Australian: Notice re erection of Episcopalian and Roman Catholic churches at Wollongong .

8 - Australian: Sale of Fairy Meadow estate.

9 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

9 - Australasian Chronicle: Alexander Elliott.

10 - Maitland, steamer, from Wollongong .

11 - Ellen Scales born at Wollongong .

12 - Australian: Part of Keelogues Estate for sale.

15 - Australian: Campbelltown Races; Fairy Meadow estate to be sold on 7 October.

18 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

22 - Col Sec letter re Kiama Road .

28 - A.B. Spark begins visit to Illawarra.

29 - Col Sec letter re Kiama Road .

30 - Col Sec letter re Kiama Road .

October 1 - Col Sec letter re road from Wollongong to Bulli, by R.M. Westmacott.

1 - Australian: Coal mining on Westmacott's land at Bulli.

1 - Col Sec letter to Westmacott re land at Rixon's Pass.

1 - Maitland, steamer, from Wollongong .

8 - William IV, steamer, from Wollongong .

11 - Australian Chronicle: Report on purchase of 2 acres for Catholic Church at Wollongong .

13 - Foundation stone laid for St Francis Xavier's church at Wollongong by Bishop Polding.

13 - A.B. Sparke returns to Sydney by steamer from Wollongong .

14 - Foundation stone laid for St Michael's at Wollongong .

19 - SMH: Report on laying of foundation stone.

20 - Westmacott deed for land at Rixon's Pass.

20 - John Waugh letter describing Woodstock Mills at Jamberoo. ML.

27 - Letter from Wollongong Hotel by J.W. Waugh.

27 - William Walker, convict, dies.

28 - A new schooner leaves Sydney for Wollongong .

30 - Col Sec letter re Kiama Road .

November 1 - HRA and SMH: Governor Gipps to Lord Russell re Pilot at Wollongong Harbour .

3 - Australian: Arthur Westmacott appointed Illawarra magistrate.

12 - Surveyor General letter re Westmacott land at Bulli.

December - Kiama residents meet to appoint Trustees for Kiama to Wollongong road.

1 - Westmacott letter to Col Sec re supply of timber.

8 - Australian: Report on land sale at Wollongong .

10 - Australian: Report on Australian Immigration Association.

15 - Col Sec letter to Westmacott re supply of timber.

23 - Trial from Bulli with timber; Lark from Wollongong with bark etc.

21 - Australian: Fare rise for Sydney-Wollongong steamer.

28 - Bee from/to Kiama with timber; Julia from Shoalhaven with potatoes.

29 - Australian: Notice of Plunkett Dinner.

29 - Trial to Bulli.

30 - Lark to Wollongong .

31 - Hyndes from Kiama with timber.

31 - Australian: Notice of Plunkett Dinner.

31 - 80th Regiment - 1 Subaltern, 3 sergeants, 54 Rank and File. 177 Convicts.


Depression Years 1841 - 1843

1841

Population of Wollongong - 831.

January - Joseph Proctor drowns in the sea off Kiama.

2 - Australian: Report on Plunkett Dinner.

2 - Julia to Shoalhaven with sundries.

4 - Hyndes to Kiama.

5 - Thomas Carr, convict, dies at Wollongong Stockade.

5 - Australian: Advertisement for farm at Fairy Meadow.

7 - Australian: Report re mail from Kiama via Wollongong .

8 - NSWGG: Notice re Post Office at Kiama. George Hindmarsh appointed postmaster on 1st.

9 - Australian: Report on Jordans Pass.

9 - Australian: Westmacott farm at Illawarra to let.

21 - Robert Archibald Menzies born at Jamberoo.

21 - Australian: Wollongong Races.

February - Correspondent 'Quinburra' visits Wollongong . (IHS July 1988).

2 - Kiama road petition.

6 - Australian: Notice re trespass on Colonel Leahy's Estate.

9 - Meeting of General Steam Navigation Company.

9 - Australian: Report on proceedings against George Underwood Alley at Jamberoo.

13 - Australian: Description of district; 4 bushrangers captured.

February 16 - Australian: Westmacott finds boat at Clifton .

23 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

27 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

March 2 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

4 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

6 - John Waugh letter from Woodstock Mill, Jamberoo.

9 - Australian: Sale of cottage at Wollongong .

15 - Australian: Alexander Elliott cottages for sale.

15-16 - 1841 Census of the Illawarra taken. 2633 males, 1411 females.

16 - Australian: Sale of Westmacott land at Bulli; Alexander Elliott house and hotel at Wollongong to let; notice of Wollongong races.

20 - Westmacott mortgages land at Bellambi for £400.

23 - Australian: Coach service begins between Wollongong and Dapto.

30 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

April 1 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

1 - Australian: Westmacott offers reward for escaped convict; report on George Brown coach.

2 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

3 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

3 - Australian: Report that Wollongong - Appin mail coach would carry passengers.

3 - Australian: Report on Wollongong - Appin mail coach.

10 - Australian: Report on Sydney to Wollongong trip; Balgownie.

13-15 - Race meeting held at Wollongong .

13 - SG: Auction sales - Mount St. Thomas and Wollongong .

20 - Australian: Wollongong races.

April 24 - Australian: Westmacott offers reward for escaped convicts; George Brown gives notice of Coach service from Dapto to Wollongong ; complaint re pilot service at Wollongong Harbour .

27 - Australian: Growth and prosperity of Wollongong .

29 - Australian: Ellengowen and Illawarra (or Five Islands ) Estate to be sold.

May 7 -Westmacott deed for 60 acres at Coledale.

10 - Westmacott deed for 60 acres at Coledale.

11 - Australian: Sale of Michael Hyam's Jamberoo property.

13 - Trial in Sydney of Matthew Lynch, accused of murdering Michael Sullivan at Jamberoo.

22 - SG: Auction sale - Bulli estate.

June 1 - Westmacott mortgages 150 acres at Bulli for £620.

3 - Friday: Hanging of Matthew Lynch.

10 - Australian: Westmacott land for sale.

22 - Australian: Westmacott's Bulli estate for sale.

July - Artist John Skinner Prout visits Illawarra.

1 - Assignment of Convicts officially ended.

11 - Westmacott mortgages Illawarra land for £4000.

13 - Australian: Steam boat service to Wollongong commences; sale of Hasdegrove, Dapto; report on Wollongong basin and breakwater.

14 - Meeting of Kiama landholders.

15 - Australian: Notice re meeting of Kiama landowners.

15 - Meeting of General Steam Navigation Company to discuss large debt.

19 - Westmacott mortgages land at Coledale for £400.

22 - SMH: Report on cost of Wollongong Pilot.

24 - Meeting of General Steam Navigation Company.

31 - Meeting of General Steam Navigation Company.

August 2 - Charles Wood, convict, dies at Wollongong Stockade.

10 - Australian: W.C. Wentwoth 1000 acres at Illawarra to be sold on 19 August.

21 - Meeting of General Steam Navigation Company to consider dissolution.

September 1 - Robert Davidson replaces Alexander Elliott as Postmaster at Wollongong .

4 - Australian: Westmacott's affairs placed in hands of Trustee.

4 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

4 - Meeting of General Steam Navigation Company.

7 - Australian: Notice re disposal of village of Jamberoo ; Crown Street cottages for sale.

7 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

9 - Westmacott sells 52 acres at Illawarra for £217.

14 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

16 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

20 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

23 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

23 - Australian: Letter re Wollongong Temperance Society.

27 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

30 - Marshall Mount grant of 2500 acres issued to Henry Osborne. Promised 1829.

31 - 80th Regiment - 1 Subaltern, 3 sergeants, 54 Rank and File. 177 Convicts.

October 1 Westmacott sells 50 acres at Rixons Pass for £200.

3 - Letter from Bloomfield by James Robinson.

6-7 - Westmacott transfers all land to Trustees.

8 - Edward Dobson, convict, dies.

12 - Col Sec letter re St Vincents road.

14 - Australian: Trustees appointed for Westmacott.

16 - Australian: Balgownie estate for sale.

October 18 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

22 - Eliza Reed born at Wollongong Stockade.

27 - John Dein born at Charcoal Creek Stockade.

30 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

31 - Australian: Report on Australian Mining Company to begin mining at Bulli.

November 6 - Westmacott deeds all land to Trustees.

16 - SMH: Report on Wollongong harbour works.

18 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

20 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

21 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

23 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

1842

January 3 - SMH: Wollongong beach Bathing House story.

13 - Horsley estate granted to Augusta Brooks and Elizabeth Weston.

18 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

27 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

27 - SMH: General Steam Navigation Company liquidated and Illawarra Steam Navigation Co. formed.

28 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

February 2 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

5 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

5 - SMH: Illawarra Races.

8 - Deed for St Michael's church land at Wollongong .

8 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

9 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

9 - SMH: Arthur Westmacott Commissioner of Peace.

9 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

11 - SMH: Church sites at Wollongong ; story on ISNCo.

12 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

13 - Australian: Report on Wollongong inns.

14 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

15 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

16 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

19 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

22 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

25 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

March 2 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

3 - SMH: Notice re opening of Episcopalian church at Jamberoo on the 6th.

5 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

10 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

18 - Mary Alexander Menzies born at Jamberoo.

28 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

28 - SMH: Report on boat wreck at Gerringong, and Bong Bong road.

31 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

April 2 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

4 - William Brown, convict, dies.

6 - SMH: Report on land sales at Kiama.

7 - SMH: Report on Berrima road.

8 - Letter sent to England by Charles Cartwright, convict, from Wollongong . {IHS 1986}.

24 - Meeting of Directors of defunct General Steam Navigation Company.

April 9 - SMH: Obituary for Jemima Jenkins.

9 - SMH: Report on Wollongong harbour works.

10 - Robert King, convict, dies.

13 - SMH: Report on village at Bellambi.

16 - HRA: Arthur Westmacott made a magistrate.

18 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

19 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

23 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

May 2 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

3 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

5 - John Collins, convict, dies.

5 - Australian: Advertisement for sale of Colonel Leahy Estate.

13 - SMH: Report on Illawarra coal.

16 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

18 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

19 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

28 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

29 Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

June 4 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

4 - Col Sec letter re road.

8 - James Marks obtains license for "Steam Packet" hotel at Kiama.

11 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

14 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

20 - John Osborne obtains license for "Settlers Arms" hotel at Illawarra.

24 - SMH: Agricultural report by GUA.

25 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

25 - Joseph Harris obtains license for "The Commercial Inn" at Wollongong .

28 - Samuel Coulston obtains license for the "Wollongong Hotel".

29 - Edward Adams obtains license for "South Huskisson Hotel".

29 - John Musgrove obtains license for "Harp of Erin".

July 1 - SMH: Report on church to be built at Dapto.

11 - A. Campbell obtains license for "Breadalbane Inn" at Jervis Bay .

18 - Australian: Notice re land at Illawarra {Henderson}

19 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

19 - Bernard McCauley obtains license for "The Harp of Erin" at Broulee.

22 - SMH: Report on C.T. Smith tram road at Wollongong .

29 - Australian: Report on harbour basin work.

30 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

August 1 - SMH: Auctions of Illawarra properties.

2 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

6 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

7 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

8 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

20 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

23 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

25 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

30 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

31 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

September - 80th Regiment of Foot stationed at Wollongong replaced by 99th Regiment of Foot in September.

2 - SMH: Story on prospects of district by George Underwood Alley; Dapto Steam Mill to let.

8 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

8 - Major Ewen McPherson of the 99th replaces Lieutenant Morris of the 80th as Assistant Engineer and Superintendent of Ironed Gangs.

12 - SMH: Report on Berrima road.

14 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

30 - 99th Regiment at Illawarra - 1 Captain, 2 Sergeants, 35 Rank and file. 118 convicts.

October 4 - Alick Osborne, 21, dies, of Daisy Bank.

9 - SMH: Report on church at Dapto.

11 - Samuel Seaton, convict, dies.

14 - Australian: Report on future land sale.

19 - SMH: Report on steam flour mill at Dapto.

29 - SMH: School for young ladies opens at Wollongong .

November 10 - SMH: Article on Parish Road dispute.

December 5 - Australian: Sale of Woodstock Mill equipment.

6 - Thomas Smith, convict, dies.

6 - Trustees sell 52 acres of Westmacott land.

8 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

8 - SMH: Letters re insolvency of Woodstock Mills at Jamberoo.

9 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

9 - SMH: Bushfires destroy crops.

10 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

11 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

12 - Australian: Illawarra report.

14 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

16 - Australian: Berrima Road Committee (also 19th, 28th and 30th).

21 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

21 - Australian: Report on Berrima road

December 21 - Australian: Detailed description of Wollongong by George Underwood Alley

24 - SMH: Report on money for Berrima road.

26 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

27 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

28 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

30 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

31 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

1843

99th Regiment of Foot at Illawarra.

January 6 - Australian: George Underwood Alley (GUA) Illawarra report.

10 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

12 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

19 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

21 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

24 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

27 - Australian: GUA Illawarra report.

February 3 - Australian: GUA Illawarra report.

7 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

8 - George Whitton, convict, dies.

17 - Australian: GUA Illawarra report.

18 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

27 - Australian: GUA Illawarra report.

March - Robert and Georgiana Lowe visit Illawarra between March and May. Georgiana sketches.

6 - NSWGG: Robert Scott vs R.M. Westmacott in Supreme Court.

7 - SMH: Report on Berrima road construction.

March 8 - SMH: Story on Wollongong Harbour and C.T. Smith.

13 - Australian: GUA Illawarra report.

18 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

21 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

23 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

27 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

28 - Henry Gordon obtains four grants at American Creek.

29 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

29 - Australian: GUA Illawarra report.

31 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

April 15 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

18 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

May 1 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

3 - T.L. Mitchell begins survey of Sydney to Illawarra road.

4 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

23 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

25 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

June - Westmacott loans horse to T.L. Mitchell during Illawarra visit.

6 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

28 - John Musgrove obtains license for "Elephant and Castle" at Wollongong .

19 - Australian: Wollongong Races.

30 - Francis Phillips obtains license for "Commercial Inn" at Illawarra.

30 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

July - Temporary slab chapel erected for Methodists at Wollongong .

22 - Roderick Mitchell submits plan for new Sydney to Illawarra road. Road gang begins work.

August 4 Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

9 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

10 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

15 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

22 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

25 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

26 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

29 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

30 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

September 3 - SMH: Westmacott declared insolvent.

5 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

6 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

6 - NSWGG: Notice of meeting of Westmacott creditors.

9 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

14 - Westmacott insolvency proceedings.

16 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

19 - Westmacott insolvency proceedings.

20 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

23 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

25 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

November 29 - SMH: Report on Wollongong Basin .

December 7 SMH: Report on Caroline Chisholm immigrants settled at Illawarra.

15 - George Stockton, convict, dies at Shoalhaven.

19 - SMH: Report on fire at George Brown's hotel.

30 - Westmacott conveys all land to Robert Scott to clear debt.

31 - Military establishment at Illawarra and Newcastle - 210 convicts. 99th Regiment - 1 Captain, 2 Sergeants, 35 rank and file.


The Garden of New South Wales 1844 - 1855

1844

99th Regiment of Foot at Illawarra. Leave at end of year.

January 1 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

6 - John Skinner Prout sketches the Aboriginal man "Old Frying Pan" at Wollongong .

20 - Elizabeth Ruttleton (alias Mary Haynes), convict, dies.

27 - Australian: Report on drowning of soldier at Wollongong ; report on fire at George Brown's inn.

February 1 - Captain Richard Ramsbottom replaces Major McPherson in charge of 99th Regiment at Illawarra.

12 - Meeting at Coulston's Inn , Wollongong , where R.M. Westmacott suggests formation of Agricultural Society.

12 - SMH: Sale of land at Kiama.

13 - Meeting held to form local Agricultural and Horticultural Society.

19 - SMH: Report on formation of IAHS and meeting of District Council.

22 - John Spray drowned at Bulli.

29 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

29 - SMH: Boiling down works opened at Dapto by George Brown (also 8 March).

March - Petition re establishment of toll road near Wollongong .

1 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

5 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

5 - Prospectus for Illawarra Agricultural and Horticultural Society (IAHS) published.

6 - NSWGG: Westmacott applies for certificate to dissolve insolvency.

8 - SMH: Report on Illawarra.

11 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

March 14 - Australian: Sydney-Wollongong road works.

14 - SMH: Reading room and library at Illawarra.

15 - SMH: Report on IAHS meeting + 23rd.

16 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

23 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

26 - SMH: Proposal for tollbars at Illawarra.

29 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

29 - Australian: Agricultural report.

April - Illawarra visited by Reverend Dr Ross, its first Congregational minister.

Sydney-Illawarra Road gang at Bottle Forest (Heathcote) and behind Bulli.

1 - SMH: Coastal vessels to run to Illawarra.

1 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

6 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

8 - SMH: State of Illawarra roads.

10 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

10 - SMH: Illawarra District Council.

12 - First meeting of IAHS held.

16 - SMH: Report on IAHS.

23 - SMH: Report on IAHS; Bulli Mountain road; District Council; mast head found at Bulli beach.

23 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

28 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

30 - SMH: Robert Marsh Westmacott announces discovery of new Bulli Pass.

30 - Breakwater Petition calling for maintenance of Stockade and building of Wollongong breakwater.

May 7 - Meeting of IAHS held.

8 - Morning Chronicle: Report on Bishop Polding's visit to Illawarra.

22 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

24 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

26 - Russell Davis, convict, dies. member of Bulli Pass road party.

31 - SMH: Westmacott declared solvent.

June 1 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

13 - Bernard McCauley issued license for "Harp of Erin" at Wollongong .

21 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

22 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

26 - SMH: F.A. Bryant's letter on Illawarra.

30 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

July 6 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

7 - Meeting of IAHS held.

20 - SMH: Report on new road to Bulli.

23 - SMH: Letter re Bulli Mountain Road.

26 - SMH: Bulli Mountain Road - letters from Westmacott and S.A. Bryant.

August 7 - SMH: Report on Wollongong Races and Ben Rixon's coach from Sydney .

9 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

19 - SMH: Hunter River Steam Co. to run to Illawarra.

20 - SMH: Report on Illawarra and Bulli Mountain Road (also 26th).

22 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

28-30 - Race meeting held at Wollongong .

31 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

September 2 - Letter - Bench of Magistrates.

4 - SMH: Westmacott cottage at Bulli to let.

5 - Thomas Palmer replaces Robert Davidson as postmaster at Wollongong .

10 - Trustees sell Westmacott land to clear £4000 debt.

October - Petition to Surveyor General.

1 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

8 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

11 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

14 - SMH: Westmacott bullocks for sale.

19 - SMH: Letter re education at Wollongong .

26 - SMH: Sale of Keera Vale Estate

26 - SMH: Sale of land at Minamurra River

28 - SMH: Bulli Mountain Road - Westmacott unable to complete.

29 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

31 - SMH: New Trustee appointed for Westmacott estate.

November 5 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

8 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

20 - SMH: Report on IAHS.

22 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

25 - SMH: Report on cattle stealing at Bulli and completion of Wollongong harbour works.

26 - Meeting of IAHS held.

26 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

26 - Col Sec letter (Mitchell).

27 - J. Osborne letter to Col Sec requesting pilot be employed at Wollongong harbour.

December 10 - Meeting of IAHS held.

17 - Return - Bench of Magistrates.

19 - SMH: Report on IAHS.

1845

January - First IAHS Show held.

18 - SMH: Report on Illawarra and IAHS.

23 - SMH: Letter re failure to erect Church of England at Wollongong .

25 - SMH: Report on IAHS and Major McPherson.

27 - SMH: Report on ploughing match at George Brown's.

February 1 - SMH: Report on first IAHS show and dinner.

3 - SMH: Report on St Michaels's church at Wollongong .

4 - SMH: Report on IAHS festivities.

7 - SMH: IAHS prize list.

10 - Meeting of IAHS held.

March - Governor George Gipps visits Illawarra.

5 - Petition presented to Governor Gipps re completion of harbour works at Wollongong .

11 - SMH: Report on visit of Governor Gipps, and roads.

11 - Meeting of IAHS held.

April 8 - Meeting of IAHS held.

16 - SMH: Dairy report.

29 - SMH: 2 district councillors to be elected; Roman Catholic church assistant.

May 5 - Petition to Governor Gipps.

June 6, 9, 10 - SMH: Report on inadequate shipping to Illawarra.

July 1 - Meeting of IAHS held.

31 - SMH: Report on church at Dapto.

August - George French Angas, artist, visits Illawarra.

2 - SMH: Report on church at Dapto.

21 - SMH: Report on money needed for Illawarra road works.

28 - Australian Daily Journal: Freemasons dinner at Dapto.

September 30 - Meeting of IAHS held.

October 21 - SMH: Robbery on Bulli Mountain Road .

1846

Population of Wollongong - 515.

January 6 - Meeting of IAHS held.

February 15 - Meeting of IAHS held.

April 2 - SMH: Letter re Westmacott's Pass.

May 4 - Meeting of IAHS held.

19 - Meeting of IAHS held.

21 - Meeting of IAHS held.

June 4 - Col Sec letter to IAHS re request for building at Market Square , Wollongong .

September 18 - SMH: Report on Wollongong - Bulli road debate.

29 - SMH: Letter from Westmacott re Bulli road debate.

October 6 - SMH: Letter re Westmacott and Bulli parish road.

16 - SMH: Letter from Westmacott re Bulli road.

1847

January 18 - SMH: Notice of Westmacott farewell dinner.

February 8 - SMH: Report on Westmacott farewell dinner.

June 30 - SMH: Local committee formed to help poor in Ireland and Scotland .

July 14 - SMH: Report on dairying in Illawarra.

October 12 - SMH: Report on discovery of new Illawarra road.

November 2 - SMH: Report on new Illawarra road.

3 - SMH: Call for funds for Rixon's Pass road.

December 3 - SMH: Report on Wollongong .

1848

May 3 - Petition re completion of T.L. Mitchell's line of road.

August 8 - SMH: Report on Rixon's Pass.

December 20 - SMH: Report on Rixon's Pass.

1849

Colonel Mundy visits Illawarra - see Our Antipodes.

April 4 - SMH: Report on coal mining at Illawarra.

16 - SMH: Report on agricultural.

August 27 - Coal brought from Mt Keira mine to Wollongong Harbour for steamer William IV.

29 - SMH: Report on first coal mine.

September 10 - SMH: Coal mining at Illawarra.

15 - SMH: Coal mining at Illawarra.

December 6 - SMH: Report on Wollongong .

1851

July 5 - SMH: 'Wollongong' report.

1855

August 30 - SMH: Report on Wollongong .

30 - SMH : C.S. - Jottings in Illawarra: I & II 30 August 1855, III 7 September, IV 10 September, V 18 September, VI 27 September, VII 8 October, VIII ..., IX 26 October.


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