A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 233 pages of information about A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson.

Here terminates the transcription of my diary.  It were vain to suppose, that it can prove either agreeable or interesting to a majority of readers but as this work is intended not only for amusement, but information, I considered it right to present this detail unaltered, either in its style or arrangement.

A return of the number of persons employed at Rose Hill, November 16th, 1790.

------------------------ How Employed | Troops | Civil dept | Troops | Convicts | | | |Wives | Children| Men | Women | Children| ------------------------------------------------------------
------------------- Storekeeper 1 Surgeon 1 Carpenters 24 Blacksmiths 5 Master Bricklayer 1 Bricklayers 28 Master Brickmaker 1 Brickmakers 52 Labourers 326* Assistants to the provision store 4 Assistants to the hospital 3 Officers’ servants 6 Making Clothing 50 Superintendants 4 ------------------------------------------------------------
------------------- Total number of persons 552| 29 | 6 | 1 | 3 | 450 | 50 | 13 | ------------------------------------------------------------

[Of these labourers, 16 are sawyers.  The rest are variously employed in clearing fresh land; in dragging brick and timber carts; and a great number in making a road of a mile long, through the main street, to the governor’s house.]


Farther Transactions of the Colony in November, 1790.

During the intervals of duty, our greatest source of entertainment now lay in cultivating the acquaintance of our new friends, the natives.  Ever liberal of communication, no difficulty but of understanding each other subsisted between us.  Inexplicable contradictions arose to bewilder our researches which no ingenuity could unravel and no credulity reconcile.

Baneelon, from being accustomed to our manners, and understanding a little English, was the person through whom we wished to prosecute inquiry, but he had lately become a man of so much dignity and consequence, that it was not always easy to obtain his company.  Clothes had been given to him at various times, but he did not always condescend to wear them.  One day he would appear in them, and the next day he was to be seen carrying them in a net slung around his neck.  Farther to please him, a brick house of twelve feet square was built for his use, and for that of such of his countrymen as might choose to reside in it, on a point of land fixed upon by himself.  A shield, double cased with tin, to ward off the spears of his enemies, was also presented to him, by the governor.

Project Gutenberg
A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson from Project Gutenberg. Public domain.
Follow Us on Facebook