The Brisbane Courier… Friday 11 January 1889,
AND AS FOR THE SHIP : HM EMU ,the brig, appears to be carrying out the work she was built for in Australian waters. Small, armed and mobile.
AUSTRALIAN SEA SERVICE.
SOME NAVAL BEGINNINGS.
By T. DUNBABIN.
FROM THE ARGUS. SAT 12 JULY 1919.
Macquarie was as insistent as Phillip about the need for two vessels for the Service of the colony, but he asked that they should not be subject to Admiralty control. Two armed brigs, the Emu and the Kangaroo, were bought in 1812. The Emu was captured on the way out by the American privateer Holkar, which carried 137 men to the Emu’s 22. The Kangaroo reached Sydney safely, and on March 12, .1815, a second Emu arrived.
MORE MENTIONS OF THE SECOND EMU IN NLA NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER SOURCES.
The Sydney Gazette and… Saturday 14 October 1815,
The Sydney Gazette and… Saturday 27 January 1816
The Sydney Gazette and… Saturday 24 February 1816, page 2.
The Sydney Gazette and… Saturday 9 March 1816,
MR. WILLIAM WENTWORTH intending to leave the Colony in the Emu, requests that all Claims against him be presented for Payment.
The Sydney Gazette and… Saturday 23 March 1816,
EMU IS ready to depart for England.
The Sydney Gazette and… Saturday 27 April 1816
The Sydney Gazette and… Saturday 12 October 1816,
LETTERS lying" at the Post Office:- Lieut. Forster of the Emu
The Hobart Town Gazette… Saturday 28 December 1816,
The Sydney Gazette and… Saturday 26 April 1817, page 2.
By letters brought by the Shipley, we are happy
to be enabled to state, that the packets sent for Europe
by his Majesty’s armed brig Emu, and which had
been forwarded from the Cape by the Revolutionaire
frigate, had been received by that vessel ; and likewise
that Capt. Brabyn, who had proceeded on in the
Zebra, had also safely arrived.
22 APRIL 1817 The Hobart Town Gazette… Saturday 26 April 1817
The Hobart Town Gazette… Saturday 4 October 1817
THE SYDNEY GAZETTE AND NSW ADVERTISER OF TUESDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 1840
At this stage, it appears that the McNallys, specfically Mary( MARTIN) and William received grants of land at Fairy Meadow near Wollongong in 1830. One source suggests that James Martin then sold off Mary’s 50 acres in app 1840 and vanished. Be that as it may, one of the very few mentions I have so far found of Fairy Meadow in Newspaper sources is from the above edition.
The AUSTRALIAN AUCTION COMPANY put a valuable estate up for auction on 16 September 1840.The estate was FAIRY MEADOW. I,myself, think Melinda refers to the period of !830 when she writes in BELLAMBI’S LAKE.
I thought of my loved ones that were, and are not,
When we stood all together on this very same spot.
It was well we knew nothing of what was in store,
‘Twould have marred all the joys in those gone days of yore.
The property, FAIRY MEADOW, consisted of 100 acres with house. Immediately in the suburbs of Wollongong. To be divided into Villa or Bathing Allotments of from 8 -10 acres each. It was a half mile from Wollongong ” in the most aristocratic and delightful’ part of the suburbs and was bounded by the new line of road from Wollongong to Sydney. Within a half mile was a STEAM FLOUR MILL in full operation. Fairy Meadow was well watered and only a few hundred yards from the sea beach.
The Gazette tells us that that made it very suitable for the erection of BATHING VILLAS. There was very good land commonly known to produce 12-14 tons of potatoes to the acre. There were also THREE COAL MINES as well as the ONLY FREE-STONE in the district. Fairy Meadow had timber well suited to building and was near to town which suited the builders.
As for the residence it was a 2 storey Gothic construction with a very TASTY verandah on the 2nd floor which looked out to sea. TRULY BEAUTIFUL says the Gazette. Here is a description of parts of the view ;
The residence stands upon the corner of a gentle elevation, exactly in the centre of the Estate, and having been built after the Gothic style, has a very pretty and imposing appearance from the Road. The windows are all French, and on the second story, open upon a very tasty balcony. The view from the house is truly beautiful, the valley of (the appropriately named) Fairy Meadow, falls off in a gradual descent till it reaches the sea beach, throwing open to the view one of the grandest and most sublime sights imaginable, the great South Pacific in boundless extent ; the steamer to and from Wollongong, together with every vessel bound for Port Phillip, South Australia, Europe, and the Southern ports, can be distinctly seen from the verandah of the dwelling.
The fairies and elves from the meadow have gone
To some sylvan spot, where no railroads are known,
Where no miners will dig through the bowels of earth
To disturb them, and drive them away from their hearth.
SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER 1837 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2213667
PUNCH the Bull had either been stolen or had strayed from HART’S Paddock and a reward was offered. The details of his brandings and markings were listed clearly in the Gazette.
Selected bibliography on the Eora/ Iora language and people
held in the AIATSIS Library inc massacre at FAIRY MEADOW. http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/library/subject_guides__bibliographies/?a=2724
David William Gregory (April 15, 1845 in Fairy Meadow, New South Wales – August 4, 1919 inTurramurra, New South Wales) was an Australian cricketer of the 19th century.Motto: Orta Recens Quam Pura Nites (Newly Risen, How Brightly You Shine) Nickname: Premier State Other Australian states and territories Capital Sydney Government Governor Premier Const. …
Quote of the Day:
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
Year of BASIL KENDALL’s DEATH ON THE CLARENCE.
In January, the steamer PHOENIX, sailed for the Clarence from Sydney with sundries. She was 108 tons and her master was BENEAUD.
The Moreton Bay Courier Saturday 3 January 1852, page 2
RICHMOND RIVER.-The months of October and November are generally accompanied by severe storms of wind and hail in this district. The 24th of October will be marked for some years to come as being a serious visitation on part of this district. A perfect hurricane, accompanied by large hailstones, passed from the west side of the range dividing this river from the Clarence, through the district; the width of it was nearly three miles, and in a direction nearly east.
159 pounds was allocated for placing buoys on the CLARENCE RIVER.
The Maitland Mercury… Wednesday 21 January 1852, page 2.
I stated to you in a former communication that I intended to search this district for gold. I am happy to inform you that we have found gold within thirty miles from Grafton, on Clowd’s Creek ; the sample is sent to government by Mr. Commissioner Fry. Four men started to prospect that part of the district, namely, Messrs. Kirk, Henderson, Howlet, and B. Naughten ; and there is not a place that we tried but we got gold, but we could not give the bed of the creek a fair trial, as the water rose twice while we were there. The gold is a very fine sample, and I have no doubt when it gets a fair trial but it will be found to pay.
Grafton, January 8, 1852.
REFERENCE POINTS WITHIN THE POEM.
(By his mother)
1 He was born at the foot of the mountain,
2 He was taught his first letters in sand;
3 His companions – mimosas and gum trees –
4 And the beautiful birds of the land.
5 To his ear the wild scream of the curlew
6 Was sweeter than sweetest of fruits;
7 And the silvery tinkling of bell birds,
8 More soothing than ladies’ fine lutes.
SO far we have Henry established under Pigeon House Mountain at birth.
3 – Mimosa seems remarkably widespread on the South Coast of NSW. I thought it were an entirely different plant but now find it another name for plants with which I am familiar.
Best I also locate an image of some gum trees for those of you who haven’t had a gum tree as a companion.
I have my suspicions about the FEMALE ORPHAN SCHOOL, so I do. And about Melinda’s fate as a little girl aged between 5 and 9 when her father Patrick was tossed into the County Gaol on a pig stealing charge and Rev Fulton withheld payment for the fencing contract for his Glebe at Castlereagh. We know from records that the food situation for the McNallys was dire and involved Mr John Harris, settler. It was in this period 1822-23 that Melinda found herself as a servant girl in Hill’s household. I wonder why . Why were all the other children left in the family home? Why was Melinda the only child to go to the Hills? Could it have involved the Female Orphan School and the age requirements for entry ? Could Judith have found herself in great difficulty with Patrick in Gaol ?