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An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island   By: (1738-1821)

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AN HISTORICAL JOURNAL OF THE TRANSACTIONS AT PORT JACKSON AND NORFOLK ISLAND WITH THE DISCOVERIES WHICH HAVE BEEN MADE IN NEW SOUTH WALES AND IN THE SOUTHERN OCEAN, SINCE THE PUBLICATION OF PHILLIP'S VOYAGE, COMPILED FROM THE OFFICIAL PAPERS; INCLUDING THE JOURNALS OF GOVERNOR PHILLIP AND KING, AND OF LIEUT. BALL; AND THE VOYAGES FROM THE FIRST SAILING OF THE SIRIUS IN 1787, TO THE RETURN OF THAT SHIP'S COMPANY TO ENGLAND IN 1792

BY JOHN HUNTER Esq., POST CAPTAIN IN HIS MAJESTY'S NAVY

ILLUSTRATED WITH SEVENTEEN MAPS, CHARTS, VIEWS AND OTHER EMBELLISHMENTS DRAWN ON THE SPOT BY CAPTAINS HUNTER AND BRADLEY, LIEUTENANT DAWES AND GOVERNOR KING

LONDON Printed for John Stockdale, Picadilly January 1, 1793.

CONTENTS

LIST OF SUBSCRIBERS LIST OF PLATES CHAPTER I

The ships destined for Botany Bay rendezvous at the Mother Bank. Leave that place, and proceed on the voyage. The convicts on board one of the transports attempt an insurrection. Are timely discovered, and the ring leaders punished. Arrived at Santa Cruz. Transactions there. Attempt of a convict to escape. Description of Laguna, and the adjacent country. Departure from Santa Cruz. Pass Cape Frio. Arrive at Rio Janeiro. Transactions there. City of St. Sebastian described. Table of Winds, Weather, etc.

CHAPTER II

Anchor in Table Bay. Refreshments procured there. Depart from the Cape of Good Hope. Captain Phillip quits the Sirius, and proceeds on the voyage in the Supply. The Sirius arrives in Botany Bay. Finds the Supply at anchor there. Arrival of the Bussole and Astrolabe. Leave Botany Bay, and anchor in Port Jackson. The Table of Winds, Weather, etc.

CHAPTER III

Frequent interviews with the natives. Weapons described. Ornaments. Persons, manners, and habitations. Method of hunting. Animals described. Birds, and insects. Diary of the weather. Departure of the Bussole and Astrolabe. A convict pretends to have discovered a gold mine. The fraud detected. Observations for the longitude, etc

CHAPTER IV

The Sirius leaves Port Jackson. Sails for the Cape of Good Hope, by the Eastern Passage. Falls in with many large islands of ice. Casts anchor at Robin's Island. Tables of the winds, weather, etc.

CHAPTER V

Depart from Robin's Island, and anchor in Table Bay. The sick sent on shore. Arrival of the Alexander transport. Provisions procured for the settlement at Port Jackson. Departure of the Sirius. In great danger from a violent tempest. Arrives safe at Port Jackson. Tables of the winds, weather, variation of the compass, etc.

CHAPTER VI

The small pox makes its appearance among the natives. Its fatal effects. A criminal court held. Six marines tried and convicted. Governor Phillip visits Broken bay. Explores its various inlets. Returns to Port Jackson. Broken bay surveyed. Botany bay surveyed. Two natives brought to the settlement, and kindly treated. One of them makes his escape.

CHAPTER VII

The Sirius and Supply sail for Norfolk Island. Land the marines and convicts. Wreck of the Sirius. Some provisions saved. Martial Law established. Ratio of provisions settled. Vast numbers of birds caught. In distress for provisions. Receive a supply from Port Jackson. Officers and crew of the Sirius leave Norfolk Island, and arrive at Port Jackson. Norfolk Island described. Its situation and extent. Soil. Climate, etc. Table of Winds, etc.

CHAPTER VIII

Great improvement of the country at Rose Hill. Vicissitude of the climate. Norfolk Island remarkably healthy. A native runs away from the settlement. Frequent visits from the natives. Governor Phillip wounded by the natives with a spear. Natives again visit the settlement. Entertain the governor, etc. with a dance. Decorate themselves for that purpose... Continue reading book >>




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