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  • Title
    Collection 02: William Bradley - Journal. Titled `A Voyage to New South Wales', December 1786 - May 1792; compiled 1802+
  • Creator
  • Call number
    Safe 1/14
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    December 1786 - May 1792; compiled 1802+
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    412904
  • Issue Copy
    DigitisedPhotocopy : A 3631
  • Physical Description
    1 volume - manuscript
    29 drawings - (bound or hinged) - watercolour
    Drawings - 22 charts, 14 maps (disbound)
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    William Bradley served in the Royal Navy for 42 years. He sailed with the First Fleet in May 1787 following his appointment to First Lieutenant on board HMS Sirius in October 1786.
    Bradley's journal records his impressions of the colony and reflects his particular interest in Aboriginal people and natural history.
    After arriving at Port Jackson on 26 January 1788, he was immediately deployed to assist John Hunter on a series of surveys of Sydney Harbour. Bradleys Point on the northern harbour shore was named for him.
    From October to May 1789 he sailed with Hunter to the Cape of Good Hope, via New Zealand and Cape Horn, to procure provisions for the settlement.
    In November 1789, to his displeasure and distaste, he was one of the party ordered by Governor Arthur Phillip to capture two Aborigines, Colebee and Bennelong, with the intention of learning about their customs and language.
    Bradley sailed to Norfolk Island in March 1790. When the Sirius wrecked on arrival, on 19 March, he was forced to remain on the island for 11 months. He undertook a survey of the island during this period before returning to Port Jackson on the Supply.
    In March 1791 Bradley returned to England on board the Dutch chartered ship Waaksamheid, sailing via the Philipines. In England he was one of several officers, including Hunter, court martialled over the loss of the Sirius. All were honourably acquitted.
    Following Governor Phillip's request, Bradley was promoted to the rank of Master and Commander, in July 1792. Special reference was made of his survey work on Norfolk Island.
    He rose to the rank of Rear Admiral of the Blue and was superannuated in September 1812. (see Mollie Gillen, The founders of Australia; ADB)
  • Source
    Acquired from Francis Edwards, Antiquarian Booksellers, for 1,200 pounds, in August 1924. The manuscript was first offered to the Mitchell Library for purchase in 1923. The offer was made by Sir Charles Russell (solicitor) acting on behalf of an unnamed client. At this time the manuscript was declined because the price (1,800 pounds) was considered too high, and the owner was not named. This journal has been digitised as part of the Nelson Meers Foundation Benefaction, 2002.
  • Published Information
    This journal has been published in facsimile: William Bradley, A voyage to New South Wales (Sydney: Trustees of the Public Library of New South Wales, 1969).
  • General note

    This journal was probably compiled some years after the events it records. It seems to be a fair copy compiled after 1802. Page 48 bears a watermark for the year 1802.
    It is bound with covers dating from the late 1800s, attached to the existing spine.
    Facsimilie copy available on open access in the Mitchell Library Reading Room at ML Ref. 1/981/54A3-4. Another copy at ML 981/54A1-2.
    Microfilm copy available at CY 1885, frames 1-351.

    PLEASE NOTE: Bradley's maps have been catalogued on Webcat: [Bradley's manuscript charts] [cartographic material] / By William Bradley.
    Digital order no:Album ID : 823591
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