Colonial Events 1828
State Library NSW.New South Wales holey dollar, the first distinct currency of Australia was withdrawn from circulation in 1828
January 3Arrival of Convict Ship Florentia, Captain Billett. Surgeon Superintendent James Dickson
January 12Arrival from Cork of the convict ship Elizabeth . Surgeon Superintendent Joseph Hughes
January 13Arrival of the convict ship Marquis of Huntley. Master William Ascough . Surgeon-Superintendent John Smith
February 8Arrival of the vessel Ellen from London. Passengers included Henry Donnison, wife and two children; E. Nunn; Mr. and Mrs Chapman. Steerage, Robert Wright, Henry Hawden and William Wake
February 24Arrival of convict ship Hooghley, Captain Reeves. Surgeon-Superintendent Alexander Nisbet
February 27Westernport settlement abandoned
March 1Post offices opened at Parramatta, Windsor, Liverpool, Campbelltown, Penrith, Bathurst, and Newcastle; Australia's first postman appointed in Sydney, a twice-weekly horse post established between principal towns.
March 3Arrival of convict ship Morley, Captain Williams. Surgeon Peter Cunningham. The Morley brought whooping cough to the colony. Immediate quarantine did not prevent the disease from spreading throughout the colony causing the death of many children.
March 10Postmaster appointed in Newcastle and'regular sea postal service commenced between Sydney, Newcastle, Port Macquarie and Hobart
March 13Arrival of the Convict ship Asia 1. Surgeon-Superintendent James McTernan
March 19Steam boats discussed for use at Newcastle and Hunter River
AprilDeath of an infant child of Lieutenant Sweeney near Cottage Creek at Newcastle
April 2Death of Charles Throsby at his estate Glenfield
April 18Woodlark wrecked in Torres Straits under Captain G.A. Leary. Six drowned. Survivors given food and shelter by Captain Logan and family at the Moreton Bay settlement. They arrived back in Sydney late June.
April 21Brick house built by William Powditch at Newcastle offered for sale. (Newly erected and situated near the wharf in the main street. Builtat an expense of £1200 and said to be well situated for an Inn) More about Watt St. Newcastle
April 23Formation of Australian Racing and Jockey club
John Erskine appointed Clerk to the Bench of Magistrates at Newcastle. Previously held position of Superintendent of convicts at Norfolk Island for two years
May 26John Oxley, Surveyor general of Colony died 'after a long course of bodily infirmity'
Thomas Livingstone Mitchell appointed Surveyor-General of New South Wales following the death of John Oxley
MayThe coal mine at Newcastle, commenced c. 1818, had completely fallen in and was abandoned. A new mine opened yielding 15 tons per day.
June 2Arrival of convict ship Mangles from Dublin. Captain William Carr. Surgeon Superintendent Harman Cochrane. R.N.
June 5Sloop Dove wrecked at Port Stephens. Master William Vurrell. Owned by Thomas Street of Darling Harbour. The master, a seaman, a Newcastle constable and a prisoner of the Crown after suffering great privations were brought into Newcastle by Natives. 7 lives lost including 2 seamen, a free man John Delaney and 4 prisoners of the Crown.
July 10Masters' and Servants' Act passed in New South Wales.
July 11Court-martial of Captain Robert Robinson of the Veterans for libel against Governor Darling
July 12Arrival of convict transport Borodino . Surgeon-Superintendent George Thompson
July 14Arrival of the convict ship Phoenix I under Master Thomas Curzons. Surgeon Superintendent William Bell Carlyle, R.N..
Arnold Fisk appointed Pilot and landing waiter at Newcastle in the room of Messrs John Rush Moore and William Eckford, resigned
July 26Arrival of Bussorah Merchant, Captain Baigrie.
July 30Capt. James Stirling, having returned to England, urged the Colonial Office to form a colony on the Swan River.
AugustBussorah Merchant placed in quarantine due to outbreak of smallpox. Military Guard and convicts landed and encamped on the North side of the Harbour and the schooner Alligator stationed adjoining to as a Hospital Ship
AugustPublication of Henry Dangar's Map of the Hunter and its branches by Joseph Cross, London
August 3Whooping cough causes many deaths including Edward the infant son of Governor Darling on 3rd August
Captain Patrick Logan and Allan Cunningham climb Mount Lindesay (now Mount Barney) and sight and name the Macpherson Range.
August 17Terence Rooney a newly arrived convict by the Borodino fatally wounded at George St. Sydney by a soldier of the Garrison. £100 reward offered for information leading to perpetrator's conviction for murder. In September John Geason, soldier, was sentenced to transportation for life for the murder.
Allan Cunningham determines access to the Darling Downs through Cunningham's Gap.
September 8Arrival of the convict ship Countess of Harcourt Captain Harrison. Surgeon Superintendent John Drummond
September 13Bank of Australia in George Street, Sydney robbed. Entry gained through a nine foot thick foundation wall reached by excavating through a drain that had been opened on the opposite side of the street. Reward of £100 offered for information leading to discovery of robbers
September 13Capt. Collet Barker arrives at Raffles Bay to take over command of the settlement.
September 17Holey dollars withdrawn from circulation
SeptemberEscape attempt from Newcastle Gaol. Prisoners had attempted to excavate underground.
October 10Arrival of the convict ship Competitor from London. Master John Stewart.
October 12Arrival of the convict ship Marquis of Hastings, Captain Drake. Surgeon-Superintendent William Rae.
NovemberCensus taken in November. Population 36, 598
NovemberCaptain Robert Hunt of 57th Regt., appointed Commandant at Norfolk Island
November 3Ship Magnet arrived in New South Wales with employees and servants of the Australian Agricultural Company - John Edward Stacey, John Hallam, Thomas Hewitt, Thomas Laman, Thomas Sawkins, John Swayne.
November 3Arrival of convict ship Albion. Surgeon Superintendent Thomas Logan R.N.
November 10Charles Sturt with Hamilton Hume and a party leave Sydney to trace the course of the Macquarie River.
November 12Convict transport City of Edinburgh, Captain James R. Glendon . Surgeon-Superintendent William Anderson
November 17Announcement of the first Provincial Bank established in the Colony, under the title of the Bank of Newcastle
November 18Arrival of the convict ship Eliza III . Surgeon Superintendent James Patton
November 24Arrival of the convict ship Royal George . Master Robert Embledon. Surgeon- Superintendent William Gregor
December 27Arrival of architect John Verge on board the Clarkstone. Land grant at Dungog - Lyndhurst vale
December 30Stirling given instructions to occupy the Swan River area and officially appointed Lt-Governor of WA.
DecemberGeorge Wyndham established Dalwood vineyards on land previously belonging to David Maziere in 1828