Departure from Portsmouth of Matthew Flinders in the Investigator (formerly Zenophon). Under the recommendation of Sir Joseph Banks, the Investigator was said to admirably fitted out and manned with specially selected men who were distinguished by a glazed hat decorated with a globe and the name of the ship in letters of gold. (Ipswich Journal 27 June 1801).
Robert Brown was appointed botanist on the Investigator by Sir Joseph Banks
Female orphan School established in the former residence of Lieut. Kent, George St. Sydney. Formally opened on this day.
Fustic had been discovered at the Hunter River. In September 1801 Governor King issued an order prohibiting any trees of that kind to be cut down without written permission of government. King sent samples to the Duke of Portland stating that although the trees were small they appeared to yield excellent dye. Samples were also sent to Sir Joseph Banks, however it was very cheap to obtain from the West Indies and it was doubted whether there was any commercial potential from the Hunter River fustic. (Fustic produced a very fine yellow dye)
Return to England on the Hunter, of John Macarthur
Departure of Earl Cornwallis, Capt. Tennent for Bengal
Departure from the Colony of Lieutenant James Grant.
Blankets made at Parramatta gaol from locally produced wool.