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412913
  • Title
    Collection 05: John Hunter journal kept on board the Sirius during a voyage to New South Wales, May 1787-March 1791
  • Creator
  • Call number
    SAFE/DLMS 164
  • Level of description
    sub-fonds
  • Date

    May 1787-March 1791
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    412913
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    1 volume of textual material - manuscript
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    John Hunter sailed with the First Fleet as second captain on board HMS Sirius. Once at Port Jackson, Hunter made surveys in the harbour and around the coast and records in his journal his surprise at the size of the indigenous population which belied the notion of terra nullius. In October 1788, the Sirius, under Hunter, returned to the Cape of Good Hope to buy emergency supplies for the colony returning in May 1789.
    Hunter returned to England on the Waaksamheid in March 1791. In England he was court martialled for the loss of the Sirius and honourably acquitted. In February 1795 he was appointed Governor of New South Wales to succeed Phillip though he did not return to the colony to take up his new position until September. (see Mollie Gillen, The founders of Australia; Australian Dictionary of Biography)
  • Source
    Bequeathed by Sir William Dixson, 1952 Dixson had acquired the journal from Angus & Robertson, 22 December 1918, for 1000 pounds.
  • Published Information
    This journal has been published: 'John Hunter, An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island: including the journals of Governors Phillip and King ...' (London: Printed for John Stockdale, 1793). A preservation microfilm copy of Hunter's own copy of his published Historical Journal, 1793, is available at CY 532, frames 1-636 (C 689).
  • General note

    Microfilm copy available at CY 3613, frames 1-191 (Microfilm copy made October 1996)
    Transferred from DLSPENCER 376
    Digital order no:Album ID : 823673
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