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  • Title
    Collection 10: George Bouchier Worgan - letter written to his brother Richard Worgan, 12 - 18 June 1788. Includes journal fragment kept by George on a voyage to New South Wales with the First Fleet on board HMS Sirius, 20 January 1788 - 11 July 1788
  • Creator
  • Call number
    Safe 1/114
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    20 January - 11 July 1788
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    412921
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    1 volume
    Textual Records - (manuscript)
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    George Bouchier Worgan was probably born in 1757. He joined the Navy in 1775 and was appointed Surgeon on HMS Sirius in November 1786. Musically inclined, he brought his piano with him to the colony. Along with the crew of the Sirius, he left Australia to return to England in March 1791, arriving in April 1792. He had left his piano with Elizabeth Macarthur.
    His journal is an account of the first five months of settlement in New South Wales, attached to a letter written to his brother Richard Worgan.
    He married Mary Lawry, probably after his return from Australia, and they had two sons and a daughter. Both sons eventually migrated to Australia. Worgan died in March 1838, his death certificate says by apoplexy but there are other accounts which suggest suicide. (see Mollie Gillen, The founders of Australia; ADB)
  • Source
    Presented by Mrs Margot Gaye for her deceased aunt, Miss A. Batley, 1955. The relationship between Miss Batley and the journal has not been discovered.
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: In copyright
    Copyright holder:: assignee of George Bouchier Worgan
    Research & study copies allowed: Author has been deceased for more than 50 years
    Approval for publication required:
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and Courtesy copyright holder<br>
  • Published Information
    This journal was published, in transcription, by the Library Council of NSW in 1978. `Journal of a First Fleet surgeon / by George B. Worgan'. Sydney : Library Council of New South Wales in association with the Library of Australian History, 1978.¶Another typescript transcription is available at ML B1463.
  • General note

    No watermarks are evident. The manuscript was bound by the Library in full maroon kangaroo. On receipt it was sewn in two sections. The leaf now bound as the first was originally the second.

    Microfilm copy available at MAV/FM4/67 (21 frames)
    Digital order no:Album ID : 823462
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