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Saturday 2. June 1821 !
We set out from Ross at 10. a.m. and arrived at Wright's in York Plains at 1. P.M. Disce. 18 miles. — In passing through Salt Pan Plains, named a pretty Peaked Hill "Mount Montague" on East side of the Plains. — Named also a very high Hill, South of Antill Ponds, "Belle Vue" on account of the grand, fine, and beautiful Prospect from the Top of it.
Further on towards Wright's, passed a fine Springs called Tin-Dish-Hole, which I have changed into a fitter and more appropriate designation by calling them "Sorell Springs". — Named three very beautiful Peaked Hills in York-Plains, "Mount Stewart", "Mount Robeck" and "Wylde's Hill". —
Sunday 3. June 1821.
I afterwards named a pretty Valley, connecting Westmoreland with Woodford Plains, "Gordon Valley", – in honor of the late Countess of Westmoreland's maiden Surname. — At ½ past 2. P.M. we arrived at the Govt. Hut on the North side of Spring-Hill, where we took up our Quarters for the Night.
Monday 4. June 1821.
At 11. a.m. Halted on Bagdad Plains, and fixed on the Site of a Township there on a Peninsula formed by the River Jordan and "Strathallan Creek" (so named now) possessing all the requisites for a Town of a plentiful supply of Water, rich fertile Country around it, and plenty of Stone for Building and within 3 miles of the River Derwent. — I have named the intended Township "Brighton" in honor of our present gracious Sovereign's favorite place of residence.
The great Hill on the South East of the Town I have named "Mount Price", – and another pretty Peaked Hill on the East of it "Harcourt Hill", in honor of Mrs. Macquarie's friends of those Names respectively. —The fine Tract of Land on the West side of the Jordan, I have named (after Mrs. Macquarie's mother's Family Estate –) "Stonefield Plains". —
After admiring the beautiful grand scenery in the vicinity of this new "Brighton", we pursued our Journey along the Plains to Austin's Ferry. — On the Road thither we were met first by Mr. Thrupp, Free Settler, and afterwards by Major Bell. We stopped at the Farm of the Former – about a mile off the Road, a pretty place, and which I have named "Thrupp Vale"– at the Owner's own request.
Whilst I went to this Farm Mrs. M. with Lachn. proceeded in the Carriage to the Ferry in charge of Major Bell, and crossed it before my arrival there, – which I did at ½ past 3. P.M. then crossed, and arrived at Austin's at 4, O'Clock. — Here we dined and took up our Quarters for the Night; Major Bell and Mr. Thrupp having staid to dine with us. —
We arrived at the Government Cottage at ½ past 3. P.M. disce. 13 miles, the Road thither being very rough. — The Cottage is a very pretty one; and afforded us excellent accommodation. — It is built on a beautiful Point, forming a part of Elizabeth Town, almost surrounded by the River Derwent – and "Lachlan's River" now so named (– being hitherto called the Thames which name is thus discontinued for the future) in honor of Lachlan; the Town being called after his Mother. — Majors Bell and Taylor, Dr. Redfern, Mr. Evans, and Lt. Macquarie, were of our Party to New Norfolk, and we sat down at 5 O'Clock to a very good Dinner at the Cottage.
Thursday 7. June 1821.
After returning Home to the Cottage, I named a very high beautiful conical Hill to the Westward of Elizabeth-Town "Taylor's Peak" in honor of Major Taylor, now making one of our little Party. —
Friday 8. June 1821.
Soon after setting out we called to inspect Mr. Terry's new Water Mill on the River Lachlan, close to Elizabeth Town, and after spending about Half an Hour there, we pursued our Voyage down the River Derwent – which we found very pleasant – the weather being very fine. —We arrived at Austin's at a quarter past 4. P.M. where we found all our friends who had proceeded by Land waiting for us – and all our Baggage – as well as our Carriage safely arrived. — Majors Bell & Taylor went on to Hobart Town. — Dr. Scott & Lt. Robinson met us at Austin's and staid to dine with us there. — We sat down to a very excellent Dinner at ½ past 5,O'Clock.
Saturday 9. June 1821.
On our way to Hobart Town, we stopped at Risdon Cove to visit Major & Mrs. McLeod at their present residence there, – and remained with them for about Half an Hour. — We then pursued our Voyage in the midst of very heavy Rain – and arrived at Hobart-Town, all safe at ¼ past 4,O'Clock; taking up our Quarters once more at Mr. Birch's after an absence of Five Weeks ! —
Sunday 10. June 1821.
Monday 11 June !!!
Wednesday 20. June 1821.
We ferried from Hobart Town to Kangaroo Bay (disce. 2 miles) where we found our Horses ready waiting for us – and set out from thence at 10,O'Clock; arrived at the Bluff on Pitt Water at ½ past 12 at Noon, disce. 10 miles, and ferried from thence to Pitt Water District, disce. 4 mile –, where we landed at ½ past 1. P.M. near Mr. Wade's Farm. —We met several of the most respectable Settlers waiting there for us, along with Mr. Gordon the Magistrate of the District.
From the Landing Place we proceeded to the Ground intended for the site of the Township, which I named "Sorell" in honor of the Lt. Governor.
It is a beautiful commanding Piece of Ground, centrical for the District – and well watered by a running stream; – a Jail has been already built here – and I have now marked out the site of a School House and temporary Place of Worship. There is Water Carriage to this Town, which is highly advantageous.
From Sorell we proceeded to the Farm of Mr. Reardon disce. 2 miles, and took up our Quarters at his House, it being a very good one. —
Our Servants and Baggage had arrived there the day before, and we sent our Horses round from the Bluff to the narrow Ferry of Pitt Water at Mr. Gordon's. —
Thursday 21. June !
Friday 22. June 1821 !
Saturday 23. June !
I inspected Major Bell's Company this forenoon at the Barracks.
In the afternoon the Ship Lady Ridley Commanded by Capt. Weir with 137 male Convicts on board, from England, anchored in the Harbour.
She sailed from Falmouth on the 23d. of January last.
Wednesday 27. June 1821.
Saturday 30. June 1821.
At 12,O'Clock I went to the Govt. House, where I was waited upon by all the Civil Officers of Government, the Military being drawn up there to receive me; and after receiving their compliments, I proceeded to the Wharf accompanied by [the] Lt. Governor and all the Civil Officers – and where I was met by all the Principal Inhabitants of the Town – who gave me three Cheers on my leaving the Wharf in the Government Barge – a Salute of 19 guns commencing firing at the same time from Mulgrave's Battery.
Mrs. Macquarie went to pay some visits in Town on my leaving our Quarters at Birch's, and embarked from the Naval Officer's Wharf quietly by herself in a different Boat, accompanied by Mrs. Scott; —Lachlan, accompanied by Master Edmund Sorell (– who proceeds under our Protection to Sydney to be placed at the Revd. Mr. Reddall's Academy) and Charley Whalan, having gone on board with me. — The Honble. Mr. Judge Advocate Wylde also embarked with me on board the Caroline on his return to Sydney – as did likewise Major Taylor and Doctor Redfern. — We got on board the Caroline at 1. OClock – and Mrs. Macquarie in about a quarter of an Hour after us.
The Caroline got under weigh at 2. P.M. – and Lt. Govr. Sorell – and our other Shore friends, then bid us adieu and returned on shore. —
Mr. Theodore Bartley, our dear Boy's Tutor, has remained in Van Diemen's Land, at his own particular request to become a Free Settler there. — We have asked Capt. Taylor of the Caroline to live with us during the Voyage to Sydney, and he has accepted our invitation. —
The Wind was Northerly and consequently very favorable for carrying us out of the Harbour – which we cleared, and got out to Sea by 5,O'Clock in the Evening – when the Pilot left us. I wrote a short Note by him to Lt. Govr. Sorell.