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  • Title
    Series 07: Rowland Hassall, Parramatta store day sales books, 1803-1804, 1809-1812
  • Call number
    A 861-A 863
  • Level of description
  • Date

    1803-1804, 1809-1812
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Physical Description
    0.1 metres of textual material (3 volumes) - manuscript - 32.5 x 23.0 cm

    Rowland Hassall fled Tahiti for Sydney aboard the 'Nautilus' in 1798, along with his wife Elizabeth and sons Thomas, Samuel, and Jonathan. On their arrival at Port Jackson the family first lived at Parramatta in a house owned by lay preacher George Barrington, a reformed pickpocket. Hassall was granted 100 acres of land at Dundas and established a flock of merino sheep with sheep from the flocks of Samuel Marsden and George Barrington. On Samuel Marsden's recommendation, Governor King appointed Hassall as superintendent of convicts and government storekeeper at Parramatta and Toongabbie in 1800. The appointment was terminated in 1802 due to Hassall's inability to detect forged signatures. Around that time Hassall opened a store at Parramatta stocked with a diverse range of goods. Hassall's fair prices are said to have helped break the monopoly of extortionists in the Colony. Hassall's Parramatta store also provided a valuable service to missionaries who remained in Tahiti by supplying them with much needed goods.
  • Scope and Content
    Rowland Hassall's Parramatta store day sales books, three bound volumes with manuscript entries recording sales each day. Entries include date, name of customer, goods purchased, and cost of goods purchased. Day sales books provide an insight into the availability and cost of goods in the Colony. Customers of the Parramatta store are representative of every aspect of colonial society and include missionaries of the London Missionary Society in Tahiti.

    FILE 1

    Rowland Hassall, Parramatta store day sales book, 1803-1804. A 861 (Microfilm: CY 1213, frames 1-89)

    FILE 2

    Rowland Hassall, Parramatta store day sales book, 1809-1810. A 862 (Microfilm: CY 1213, frames 90-243)

    FILE 3

    Rowland Hassall, Parramatta store day sales book, 1810-1812. A 863 (Microfilm: CY 1213, frames 244-382)
  • General note

    Microfilm copy available at CY 1213, frames 1-89 (A 861), CY 1213, frames 90-243 (A 862), and CY 1213, frames 244-382 (A 863). Digitised from the microfilm copy in 2015.
    Digital order no: Album ID: 1325631
    The Hassall's Parramatta store day sales books were acquired with funds from the David Scott Mitchell endowment.
  • Creator/Author/Artist
  • Subject
  • Place
  • Exhibited in

    Breaking the shackles - Parramatta Heritage Centre (August 2009 - ). Applies to: A 861-A 863

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