An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Volume 2 eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 388 pages of information about An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Volume 2.

A guinea L1 2 0 A rupee L0 2 6
A johannes 4 0 0 A Dutch guilder 0 2 0
A half ditto 2 0 0 An English shilling 0 1 1
A ducat 0 9 6 A copper coin of 1 oz 0 0 2
A gold mohur 1 17 6 A ditto of 1/2 oz 0 0 1
A pagoda 0 8 0 A ditto of 1/4 oz 0 0 01/2
A Spanish dollar 0 5 0

And as the supply of copper was sent to relieve the inconvenience under which persons who wanted to make small payments laboured, no sum exceeding L5 was to be deemed a legal tender in this money.  It was also declared, that the exporting or importing (except from the treasury) of any sum of the copper coin exceeding L5 should be punished by a forfeiture and fine of treble the value of the sum so exported or imported.

Several ships had arrived from India, England, and America, most of which had brought, upon speculation, cargoes consisting of wine, spirits, tobacco, teas, sugar, hardware, wearing apparel, etc, etc. the sale of which was, with the governor’s approbation, advertised by the commissary, and publicly sold to all descriptions of people.

It appears, that from these ships

59,294 gallons of spirits     )   had been imported.
30,896 gallons of wines       )
26,974 gallons of spirits     )   had been landed.
8,896 gallons of wines        )
32,320 gallons of spirits     )   had been sent away.
22,000 gallons of wines       )

Three ships had arrived with convicts, viz.  The Royal Admiral, on the 22nd of November 1800. Luz.  St. Anne, on the 21st of February 1801. Earl Cornwallis, on the 12th of June following.

On the 30th of June 1801, there were in the settlement, five thousand five hundred and forty-seven persons of all descriptions, of whom seven hundred and seventy-six were children.  At Norfolk Island the whole number of persons was nine hundred and sixty-one, making a total of six thousand five hundred and eight persons under the authority of the governor.

At Norfolk Island it was fortunately discovered, on the 14th of December 1800, that a plot had been formed by some of the convicts to murder the officers, and, getting possession of the island, to liberate themselves.  Two of the ringleaders were immediately executed.

Major Foveaux, the lieutenant-governor, had found, what had been so much wanted and hitherto unknown, a good landing-place for boats and small craft, in Anson’s Bay, where there were four and five fathoms of water within a few yards of the shore, which was a fine sandy beach, and the passage free from rocks or shoals.

The following was the state of the live stock, and ground in cultivation, in New South Wales: 

In June 1801 Sheep Cattle Horses Goats Hogs
               6269 362 211 1259 4766

Project Gutenberg
An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Volume 2 from Project Gutenberg. Public domain.
Follow Us on Facebook