BACKGROUND TO LIFE IN SYDNEY IN 1835. BASIL AND MELINDA ARE SAID TO HAVE MET AT A DANCE IN SUSSEX STREET AND THEY MARRIED VERY SHORTLY AFTERWARDS ON AUGUST 1,1835 WITH A “PREMATURE” BABY STILLBORN 8 MONTHS LATER.
George Street 1835 Charles de Sainson
published in the week of Melinda’s marriage provides background images of life as it was in Sydney in 1835 when Miss Melinda McNally married Basil Kendall at the 2nd Scots Church. The steam packet “Australia” headed up the river to Parramatta each morning except for Sunday although it couldn’t guarantee its times until the improvements to the river had been made.
The “Normahul” had returned to port after 17 months absence brining 1050 tons of sperm oil. The Australian Patriotic Society had met in the rooms of the Pulteney Hotel with Sir John Jamison in the chair. Jamison had arrived in Sydney in 1814 on the Broxbornebury , the ship on which Judith , Melinda’s Mother sailed to Sydney with her three children , Mary , William and Eliza. In the same convoy in 1814 Patrick McNally Melinda’s father was transported for life, convicted of treason at Court Martial in Chambly, Canada and John Ready was sent from Tipperary Ireland for 7 years , a transportation which would reunite him with his mother Johannah at Windsor near Melinda’s birthplace of Pitt Town.
There were 34 ships in port in that first week of August, 1835. Brigs and Barqies, Schooners and Cutters. The Captains of several of these ships had posted notice in the Commercial Journal that they would not be responsible for any debts incurred by members of their crews.
The Australian Bazaar in Hunter Street had goods for sale from England and from China. Everything from ” a needle to an anchor”.
The Dispensary was open at 12 O’Clock and persons properly recommended could receive advice and medicines gratuitously.
The Sydney Public Free Grammar School opened in 1825 . In 1830 Sydney College was founded. Sir Francis Forbes, Chief Justice, became President of the College and laid the foundation stone of the present building in College Street on 26 January 1830. In 1835, Sydney College opened in this building with W.T. Cape as Head Master. In 1842 he resigned and was succeeded by T.H. Braim. In 1850 Sydney College was closed.
Friendship. Wood, two-mast schooner, 89 tons. Built at Pilton, Devon, UK, 1824; reg. Sydney 8/1835. Lbd 58 x 19 x 10.3 ft. Captain John Harrison. On a voyage from Sydney to Tahiti, called at Norfolk island to land stores; wrecked ashore when her recently laid mooring chains parted in a gale, 17 July 1835. All saved. [LI],[LN],[AS1]
A schooner of this name was reported lost in Twofold Bay, 1835, but no official record of the wreck has been traced.
ST MARY’S CATHEDRAL
With the arrival in Sydney, in 1835, of the Most Reverend John Bede Polding OSB, Vicar Apostolic of New Holland and later Archbishop of Sydney, the Catholic Chapel became known as “St. Mary’s Cathedral”.
Convicts were still being transported and Jenny Fawcett lists those who are mentioned in SMH for 1835
Voices, such as Governor Bourkels in 1835 raised in favour of putting the natural sciences into an independent building were countered by equally persuasive tongues against such extravagance. William Charles Wentworth was one opponent; another was the editor of the Sydney Monitor who wrote:
The ADELAIDE EDU site tells of Charles Darwin on the Beagle being in Sydney in 1835.
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later to marry John Tan Kee
British artist Conrad Martens arrived in Sydney in 1835.
The experience of arriving at Sydney Harbour for the first time has been romanticised by convicts, adventurers and poor migrants to world leaders and entrepreneurs for over 200 years. It was no different for the young topographical artist, Conrad Martens one autumn day in April, 1835 when he sailed into Port Jackson on the Black Warrier. He was intoxicated with the 47 year old British colony claiming, “This is the finest harbour in the world” and for Martens, years of traveling had finally come to an end as he settled into his new home.