IN THIS YEAR : 1814 ; SYDNEY GAZETTE SATURDAY 30 JULY
JEOFFREY H BENT Esq arrived on the 28th July to be Judge of the SUPREME COURT of JUDICATURE. This court had been recently established for the Territory of New South Wales. As we know, Judge Bent had come per the BROXBORNEBURY. (He kept a diary of the voyage which is available for reading at NLA but which I do not have access to much as I would like to.)
On the 30th July the Broxbornebury was at anchor in Sydney Cove. Judge Bent was to land in the forenoon of the 30th and to be greeted with a 13 Gun salute from Dawe’s Battery. This was a command of his Excellency the Governor ( LACHLAN MACQUARIE) and H C ANTILL was major of Brigade.
Under GOVERNMENT AND GENERAL ORDERS from HEAD QUARTERS, GOVERNMENT HOUSE, SYDNEY came this mention of the SURRY.
“ The male convict transport , SURRY, which arrived in this harbour from England on the 28th instant, having brought a malignant fever of a very infectious nature of which the Master ,first Mate, and forty other men have died during the voyage, previous to the arrival of the ship in this port; His Excellency the GOVERNOR had deemed it expedient to use every possible precaution to prevent the danger of the Contagion extending from her to the population of the Colony; and with this view he has given orders to institute the most rigid Quarantine Regulations in respect to the Ship herself and all Persons on board her until such time as the Fever has entirely subsided and the People now infected are recovered,
It is therefore the Governor’s most positive Orders that no Persons whatsoever ( the Medical Quarantine Officers and their Attendants excepted) shall have any intercourse or Communication of any sort with said Ship or the Persons now on board her until such Time as she is relieved from Quarantine which will be announced in Public Orders; and the Governor further directs and commands that no Person shall visit or have any intercourse whatever with the Military Detachment, Sailors and Convicts who are about to be landed from the said Ship on the North Shore of Port Jackson; where they are to remain encamped under strict Quarantine Regulations until further orders:- There will be a Guard on board the Ship Surry and also on the North Shore; to enforce these Orders; and any Person detected in attempting to act in Disobedience of them will be confined and most severely punished”
By order of his Excellency,
J T CAMPBELL Secretary.
The Governor was greatly agitated in the matter of the runaways and Bushrangers . He directed that any person known to be harbouring them or holding intercourse with them would forfeit EVERY INDULGENCE on the part of the Government. They would also be PUNISHED “with the utmost rigour of the law”.
The Governor also reflected ‘with the greatest abhorrence’ on the unparalleled depravity of DENNIS DONOVAN. Donovan had been recently executed. The Governor was horrified that Dennis, instead of repenting and praying to his ‘offended creator’ went out of his world ‘protesting in the most solemn manner his total innocence of the murders of the two unfortunate men, JENKINS and EDWARDS at the Parramatta Turnpike. Hmmm! Two innocent men had apparently been accused of the crimes and almost met an early end on the Gallows –the Governor considered that Dennis Donovan from ‘detestible malignity to his fellow creatures and to life itself’ would not confess even at the cost of the two innocent men’s lives
(THE DETAILED ARTICLES AS WRITTEN AT THE TIME CAN BE SEEN IN NATIONAL LIBRARY AUSTRALIA ONLINE HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS – http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article628955)
AND FROM THE BROXBORNEBURY:
THIS IS TO GIVE NOTICE TO EVERY PERSON THAT CAPTAIN THOMAS PITCHER OF HIS MAJESTY’S HIRED STORE-SHIP BROXBORNEBURY, WILL NOT PAY OR CAUSE TO BE PAID ANY DEBTS THAT THE SEAMEN OR ANY OTHER PERSON UNDER HIS COMMAND MAY CONTRACT WITHIN THE COLONY OF NEW SOUTH WALES.
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