Colonial Events 1821
Colonel Lachlan Macquarie Governor of NSW until December
First Court house built at Newcastle
19 executions in the colony in 1821
JanuaryLimestone Plains, Canberra area explored by Charles Throsby
January 3Newcastle Christchurch spire damaged and two men were killed in a lightning strike - Charles Louch and Francis Farrell
January 9Arrival of the Prince Regent convict ship. Captain Francis Clifford. Surgeon Alexander Taylor
January 17Two men, two women, and an infant, were drowned in the Hunter's River about a mile from Newcastle when their boat upset. They were Mrs. Allen, wife of a settler at Wallis Plains, Mrs. Swan, also wife of a settler at Paterson's Plains, with her infant child, and Thomas Trainer and Jeremiah O'Neil, prisoners.
Colonial Appointments dated February 8:
Robert Espie, Surgeon, R.N., appointed Surgeon at Port Dalrymple, in the room of Mr. Moutgarrett
James Scott, Surge, R. N., appointed Surgeon at the Derwetn in the room of Mr. Luttrell
Patrick Hill, Surgeon, R.N. appointed assistant Surgeon at Liverpool
Richard Tress appointed Master Boat Builder of the King's Dock Yard at Sydney
John Nicholson, Master, R.N., appointed Master Attendant and Harbour Master at Port Jackson
February 8Commissioner John Thomas Bigge returned to Britain on the Dromedary. Saluted with 13 guns from Dawes' Battery on his embarkation from the Governor's Wharf. Two Flank Companies of 48th Regt., to parade under Arms in Macquarie Place as Guard of Honour to the Commissioner
February 12Arrival of convict ship Prince of Orange. Master Thomas Silk. Surgeon Superintendent George Shaw Rutherford
February 19Arrival of convict ship Lord Sidmouth. The Lord Sidmouth departed Cork 4 November 1820 and arrived in Port Jackson 19 February 1821. Master James Muddle. Surgeon Thomas C. Roylance
March 8Stage coach commenced between Sydney and Parramatta. Passengers - two Ministers, 2 Bank directors inside and 3 Officers of the 48th regt. as outside passengers. Bugles played the entire journey
March 10Captain Francis Allman appointed Commandant at Port Macquarie
March 10Rev. George Augustus Middleton appointed Assistant Chaplain at Newcastle
March 12Arrival of the convict ship Dick Master William Harrison. Surgeon Robert Armstrong R.N.
March 13Death of former NSW Governor John Hunter aged 83 years The Annual Biography and Obituary for the Year
March 21Settlement at Port Macquarie founded by Captain Francis Allman. Soldiers, stores and convicts to Port Macquarie in the schooner Prince Regent, brig Lady Nelson and cutter Mermaid. Lieut. William Wilson of 48th regt., appointed Engineer and Inspector of public works. Abraham Fenton appointed Surgeon
AprilMurrumbidgee River explored by Charles Throsby
April 2Arrival of the Jessie. Passengers - Henry Dangar, Robert Coram Dillon and Alexander Livingstone.
May 2Death of surgeon Thomas Arndell
May 11Death of George Howe, founder and editor of Australia's first newspaper, the Sydney Gazette
May 18Arrival of convict ship Speke. Captain Peter McPherson. Surgeon Edward Coates.
JuneGovernment vessel Snapper made the fastest voyage ever from Sydney to Newcastle and back in 38 hours.
JulyDeath of commissary William Broughton
July 9Wreck of the Phatisalam at Hunter Island, Bass Strait. Captain Peter Dillon
September 8Arrival of the convict ship Adamant Captain William Ebsworthy. Surgeon James Hamilton.
September 16Arrival of convict ship Grenada Captain Andrew Donald. Surgeon Peter Cunningham
October 25Sailed for Europe - The Duchess of York. Passengers included G. Cathcart, William Redfern and wife and Edward Eagar with Emancipist petition re convict attaint
OctoberArrival of John Rotton on the Lusitania, Captain Langdon
November 1Governor Macquarie departed on the Elizabeth Henrietta for a tour of inspection to Port Macquarie and Newcastle
November 7Arrival of convict ship John Barry. Captain Roger Dobson. Surgeon Daniel McNamara
November 7Arrival in Sydney of Sir Thomas Brisbane and Australia's first government astronomer Christian Carl Ludwig Rumker on the merchant ship Royal George, under Captain Powditch
NovemberLieutenant William Lawson traversed the site of Mudgee
November 17Unusually high tides in Sydney
November 24Arrival of convict ship Hindostan
November 24Lieutenant E.C. Close appointed engineer and inspector of public works at Newcastle
December 1Sir Thomas Brisbane became Governor of the Colony. Nineteen gun salute to celebrate the occasion
December 15Arrival of the Mariner, Captain Douglass from London. Passengers William Dun
Arrival of convict ship Minerva. Surgeon Charles Queade
December 18Arrival of convict ship John Bull. Surgeon William Elyard