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447128
  • Title
    Henry Colden Antill - journals, 1809, 1815; written in 1849
  • Creator
  • Call number
    Safe 1/20a
  • Level of description
    item
  • Date

    1808-1810, 1815, 1849
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    447128
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    0.01 metres of textual material (1 volume) - manuscript
    Clippings
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    Henry Colden Antill (1779-1852) was born in New York and spent his youth in Canada. He joined the 73rd regiment in 1796. In 1807 he went to England with the regiment and gained the rank of captain in early 1809. Later that year he sailed with the 73rd regiment on the Dromedary which was taking Lachlan Macquarie to Sydney as the newly appointed Governor of New South Wales. On arrival in Sydney Antill was officially appointed aide-de-camp to the governor and accompanied him on tours throughout the colony. He was one of the vice-regal party which officially opened the road to Bathurst in 1815. In 1825 he settled at Jarvisfield near Picton, where he died in 1852.
  • Scope and Content
    Volume containing two manuscript journals with cover title: 'Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales 1809', written and signed 28 Dec. 1849. The volume also includes an undated newscutting, after 1932, concerning 'Major Antill's pine' in the Royal Botanic Gardens written by J.M. Antill, and a biographical note about H.C. Antill. The 1809 journal covers the period Dec. 1808-1 Jan. 1810, including a voyage with the 73rd Regiment from Yarmouth, England, to Sydney, NSW, on board the HMS Dromedary commanded by John Pritchard, 7 May 1809-1 Jan. 1810. Antill begins his account in December 1808 when he was ordered to go on foreign service with the 73rd Regiment. He was offered an appointment as aide-de-camp to Major-General Miles Nightingall who was to be Governor of New South Wales. When Nightingall withdrew because of ill health, Antill accepted the same post with Lachlan Macquarie. The Dromedary left England in company with HMS Hindostan under Captain John Pasco. Antill describes several ports of call including Madeira, Port Praya, Rio de Janeiro and the Cape of Good Hope. The ship arrived in Port Jackson on 28 December 1809. The Governor went ashore on 31 December and the regiment disembarked on 1 January 1810. Antill mentions people on the voyage including Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie and Judge Advocate Ellis Bent.
    25 April-19 May 1815; 'Journal of an excursion over the Blue or Western Mountains of New South Wales, to visit a tract of new discovered Country in company with His Excellency Governor & Mrs Macquarie, and a Party of Gentlemen', 25 April-19 May 1815. Members of the party included Sir John Jamieson, John Oxley, James Meehan, William Lewin, William Redfern and William Cox. They proceeded via Parramatta, Springwood, Blackheath, Cox's Pass and Campbell River to Bathurst. Includes list of distances, list of members of the party and list of views drawn by John Lewin.
  • Source
    Presented in 1935
  • General note

    The collection of watercolour sketches by John Lewin which accompanied this volume is located at PXE 888.

    The journals were published in 1914 as: 'Early history of New South Wales : two old journals, being the diaries of Major H.C. Antill on the voyage to New South Wales in 1809, and on a trip across the Blue Mountains in 1815', Sydney, Govt. Printer, 1914

    The original volume at Safe 1/20a was copied onto preservation microfilm, Oct. 1972.

    Microfilm - CY 265, frames 1088 - 1152 (Safe 1/20a)

    Photocopy - CY Safe 1/20a (a xerox copyflo of Safe 1/20a, on open access).
    Digital order no:Album ID : 846220
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