Thursday 1. March 1821 !
I went to Parramatta with my Family,
accompanied in a separate Carriage
by Major & Mrs. Mc.Leod & Family.
Friday 2. March !
I went to Windsor wt. Major Druitt in
the Carriage accompanied by Major
Mc.Leod & Lt. H. Macquarie on Horse-back;
Dined & Slept there; having inspected
all the Public Works before Dinner.
Saturday 3. March !
We set out very early this morning
from Windsor — Breakfasted with
Sir John Jamison at Regent Ville
and afterwards visited & Inspected the
Govt. Farm on Emu Plains. —
We returned in the afternoon to Parramatta.
Monday 5. March !
Went to Transact Business at Sydney,
returning to Parramatta to Dinner. —
Thursday 8. March !
I went to Liverpool early this morning
accompanied by Mrs. Macquarie & Lachlan
in the Carriage to inspect the
Public Works there. — We Breakfasted
and dined at the Inn, and in the Evening
returned to Sydney. —
New South Wales
The Governor's Diary – and Memorandum Book
– Commencing on Sunday – the 11th. of March 1821 – and – Ending on [12 February 1822]
Sunday 11. March 1821 !
This day at Noon the Ship Dick,
Commanded by Capt. William Harrison,
with 140 Male Convicts from England,
anchored in Sydney Cove; Doctor
Armstrong R.N. being Surgeon Supdt.,
and the Guard consisting of 26 Soldiers
of the 24th. Regt. being commanded
by Lieut. Isaacson of the 47th. Regt. —
The Dick sailed from Falmouth
on the 4th. of Novr. last – being 4 mos.
& 7 days Passage; touched nowhere,
and has lost none of her men. —
No Dispatches have been received by
this Ship. —
Saturday 17. March 1821 !!!
This morning early the Expedition
Commanded by Capt. Allman of the
48th. Regt. Embarked for "Port
Macquarie" — on board the Government
Vessels Lady Nelson Brig, Mermaid
Cutter, and Prince Regent Schooner;
the Expedition consisting of the following
number and description of them — Vizt.
1 Capt. Francis Allman Commandant
2 Lieut. William Wilson – Actg. Engineer
3 Mr. A. Fenton – Asst. Surgeon
33 Privates – Total Troops – 41.
4 Mr. Stephen Partridge – Supdt. of Convicts
& Public Labour.
1 Convict Doctor (Cooke)
60 Convict Artificers & Labourers
Women & Children
Wednesday 21. March !
The Expedition for Port Macquarie
sailed finally this morning for its
Destination with a fair wind; having
been detained lying at the Heads
for the last four days by contrary Winds. —
Thursday 22 March 1821 !!!
This morning between 6 and 7,O'Clock
the Ship Shipley, Commanded by
Capt. Moncrief, sailed direct for
England. — Lieut. Leroux of the
48th. Regt., and Family, are gone
Home in the Shipley. — I gave charge
of my Dispatches for Lord Bathurst
to Capt. Moncrief, and of my Military
Dispatches to Lieut. Leroux. — Capt.
Moncrief was so good as to take charge
of some presents (including a Pair
of Emus & 3 Black Swans) for Countess
Temple from Mrs. Macquarie; and
also of a Box of Feathers & Pebbles of N.S.W.
from me for Miss Harriette Morley. —
Monday 26. March !
The Govt. Brig Prince Leopold commanded
by Capt. Chace, with Troops, Stores and Slop
Clothes for Van Diemen's Land sailed
early this morning for the Derwent. —
Major Mc.Leod & Family, Mr. Talbot, & the Revd.
Mr. Conolly went Passengers in the Prince Leopold.
This afternoon between 4 and 5,O'Clock
William Minchin Esqr. (late Capt.
in the 102d. Regt.) Principal Superintendent
of Police and Magistrate of this
Territory, departed this life after one
week's illness universally and most
deservedly regretted by all who knew him,
and his Death must be considered
a very great Public loss; as, I know
not a single man in the Colony
competent to fill up his Place as
Supdt. of Police. —
Tuesday 27. March !
The Interment of the late William
Minchin Esqr. Supdt. of Police &c.
took place this afternoon at 5,O'Clock,
and was most numerously and
respectably attended. — I was not able
to attend owing to Indisposition
which I regretted much. — In order
however to mark my sense of the
loss the Colony has sustained by
the Death of this valuable and useful
Officer, I have resolved on having
a handsome neat Tomb erected
over his Grave at the Public Expence,
and have given orders to that
effect accordingly to the Chief Engineer.
Wednesday 28 March !!!
This being the Anniversary of the
Birth of our beloved Boy, who this
day completes his Seventh Year,
the same was kept and celebrated
with the usual demonstrations of
Joy. — In the morning we had
a water Excursion to as far as Point
Piper – with several Boats full
of Natives – his own Cutter forming
one of our little Fleet. — The Boys
and Natives were afterwards entertained
by Lachlan at Dinner, as well as at
Breakfast. — His adult Friends were also
Entertained at a separate Dinner – and
the whole concluded with a Ball in the Evening.
Thursday 29 March !
Having some time resolved on
proceeding on a Public Tour
of Inspection to the Settlements in
Van Diemen's Land, and having
with that view lately engaged a
Passage for myself and Family
(Mrs. Macquarie & Lachlan intending
to accompany me –), on board the
Private Merchant Ship Midas,
belonging to Mr. Underwood, I this
day sent my Horses and Carriage
and the principal part of my
Baggage on board that Ship,
it being my intention to sail
on Saturday morning next, wind
and weather permitting.
Friday 30th. March !
The remaining part of our
Baggage, Stock, and Stores for the
Voyage, were shipped on the
Midas in the Course of this Day. —
Saturday 31. March 1821 !
It was our intention to have embarked
and sailed on this day in the Midas;
but unfortunately the Wind has
changed, and blows this morning
a very Strong Southerly Gale,
which precludes the possibility of our
departure till the Wind again changes,
and which it is feared it will not do
for 3 or 4 days to come. — We shall however
be ready to start the moment the Wind
becomes favourable for us. — It came
on very heavy Rain at 11,O'Clock
this forenoon. —
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Macquarie, Lachlan. Diary 1 March 1820 - 8 March 1821.
Original held in Mitchell Library, Sydney.
ML Ref: A774 pp.210a. [CY Reel 301 Frame #622].
Macquarie, Lachlan. Diary 11 March 1821 - 12 February 1822.
Original held in Mitchell Library, Sydney.
ML Ref: A774 pp.210b-217 [CY Reel 301: Frames #623-#630].