An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Volume 1 eBook

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On the 27th, two soldiers, going with their arms to Parramatta, stopped on the road to fire at a mark.  One of them, inconsiderately, placing himself behind the tree which was the mark, and presenting himself in the unfortunate moment of his companion’s firing, received the ball in his thigh near the groin.  He was brought to Sydney as soon as it was possible, when Mr. Harris the surgeon of the regiment amputated the limb.  The wound was so near the groin, however, that the tourniquet was fixed with much difficulty and hazard*.

[* The patient’s name was Nicholas Downie.  He recovered, after several weeks care and attention on the part of Mr. Harris; but his comrade suffered much anxiety during the cure.]

There was at this time under the care of the surgeon Joseph Hatton, a settler at the Eastern Farms, an elderly man, who had been dangerously stabbed in the belly by his wife, a young woman (named before their marriage Rosamond Sparrow), in a fit of jealousy and passion.  On his recovery, he earnestly requested that no punishment might be inflicted on her, but that she might be put away from him.


A Criminal and a Civil Court held
Circumstances of the death of Francis T. Daveney
Salt made
Wilson, Knight, and the natives
The new mill
Providence arrives from England
Four convicts brought from Port Stephens
Public labour
The Fancy arrives from Norfolk Island
The Supply and Reliance arrive
Governor Hunter’s commission read
The India ships sail
Another arrival from England
Military promotions
Colonial regulations
The Providence, Supply, and Young William sail
The Sovereign storeship arrives from England
Criminal court held
Convict executed
Printing-press employed
Information from Norfolk Island
The Cattle lost in 1788 discovered
Bennillong’s Conduct after his return from England
Civil Court held
Meteorological phenomenon at the Hawkesbury
Mr. Barrow’s death
Deaths in 1795

July.] The salted provisions being all expended, except a few casks which were reserved for the non-commissioned officers and private soldiers of the corps, on Saturday the 11th of the month the convicts received the following ration: 

Indian corn 12 pounds (unground);
Rice 5 ditto;
Dholl 3 pints;
Sugar 11/2 pound;

being the first time, since the establishment of the colony, that they had gone from the store without receiving either salted or fresh provisions.  On the Monday following the military received,

Salt pork 2 pounds;
Indian corn 12 ditto (unground);
Peas 3 pints;
Rice 3 ditto;
Sugar 6 ounces.

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