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

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The following report of the casualties which had happened from the day of our leaving England to the 31st of December 1788, was given in at this time, viz.

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-------------- Casualties from May 13, 1787, Garrison Convicts to December 31, 1788 Man Woman Child Man Woman Child Total ------------------------------------------------------------
--------- Died on the passage, from May 13, 1787, to Januarv 26, 1788, 1 1 1 20 4 9 36 Died between January 26, 1788, and January 1, 1789, 5 0 1 28 13 9 56 Killed by the natives in the above time, 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 Executed in the above time, 0 0 0 5 0 0 5 Missing in the above time, 1 0 0 12 1 0 14 ------------------------------------------------------------
--------- Total 7 1 2 69 18 18 115 ------------------------------------------------------------
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CHAPTER VI

New Year’s Day
Convicts, how employed
Their disposition to idleness and vice
Her Majesty’s birthday kept
Natives
Captain Shea dies
Regulations respecting the convicts
Instances of their misconduct
Transactions
The Supply sails for Norfolk Island
Public Works
Natives
Convicts killed
Stores robbed
The Supply returns
Insurrection projected at Norfolk Island
Hurricane there
Transactions at Rose Hill

1789.]

January.] The first day of the new year was marked as a holiday by a suspension of all kinds of labour, and by hoisting the colours at the fort.  The ration of provisions, though still less by a pound of flour than the proper allowance, was yet so sufficient as not to be complained of, nor was labour diminished by it.  Upon a calculation of the different people employed for the public in cultivation, it appeared, that of all the numbers in the colony there were only two hundred and fifty so employed—­a very small number indeed to procure the means of rendering the colony independent of the mother-country for the necessaries of life.  The rest were occupied in carrying on various public works, such as stores, houses, wharfs, etc.  A large number were incapable, through age or infirmities, of being called out to labour in the public grounds; and the civil establishment, the military, females, and children, filled up the catalogue of those unassisting in cultivation.

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