Colonial Events 1799
JanuaryCircumnavigation of Van Diemen's Land completed by Bass and Flinders
March 3Floods at the Hawkesbury river begin. Crops and stock destroyed. Govt. store house swept away
May 3Arrival of the vessel Buffalo. The Buffalo brought live cattle from the Cape and other goods for the settlement. Settlers with useful trades came with their wives and families and John William Lewin a painter and drawer in natural history who was to be allowed government rations during his residence. The settlers who signed terms of settlement were James Thomas, John Bean, John Hanson, William Weller and Thomas Bradley. The Buffalo returned to England in 1800.
JuneArrival of the Albion, Captain Bunker, from England with 900 tons of salt pork.
July 8Departure of Matthew Flinders from Sydney on the sloop Norfolk. -
July 14Arrival of Matthew Flinders at Cape Moreton.
July 26Arrival of the convict ship Hillsborough. David Dickinson Mann, George Crossley, and George Pellwere some of the convicts on board
SeptemberPopulation - General Return of the colony - 4,746.
NovemberCorrespondence re the cost of food and supplies and living conditions for new arrivals
November 3Arrival of ship Walker. Master John Nichol
November 13Departure of the Friendship from St. Helena. Bound for Botany Bay
December 8Arrival of East India ship Swallow.
December 14Arrival in Port Jackson of ship Martha, with seal oil and skins. William Reed, Master.
DecemberIncreasing confidence in the colony with success on the whale boats, production of sufficient wheat and discovery of wild cattle. Success of the whale boats and Captain Eber Bunker