1st January 1822 – anchored in King George’s Sound

1822-01-01Around this day, 1st January 1822 HMS Bathurst, with Allan Cunningham on board, was anchored in King George’s Sound. They’d been there since 23rd December 1821. Mr Cunningham had only just recovered from a debilitating illness and was filled with enthusiasm and gratitude for feeling well again. [Ref 1]

Robert Heward wrote: During the remainder of their stay at King George’s Sound, Mr Cunningham landed daily, and made great accessions to his collection of specimens and seeds. [Ref 1]

King George Sound is the name of a sound on the south coast of Western Australia. Originally named King George the Third’s Sound, it was referred to as King George’s Sound from 1826. The name “King George Sound” gradually came into use from about 1934, prompted by new Admiralty charts supporting the intention to eliminate the possessive ‘s’ from geographical names.  Located at 35°02′S 117°56′E, it is the site of the city of Albany… The sound is bordered by the mainland to the north, by Vancouver Peninsula on the west, and by Bald Head and Flinders Peninsula to the south. Although the sound is open water to the east, the waters are partially protected by Breaksea Island and Michaelmas Island. There are two harbours located within the sound, Princess Royal Harbour and Oyster Harbour. Each receives excellent protection from winds and heavy seas. Princess Royal Harbour was Western Australia’s only deep-water port for around 70 years until the Fremantle Inner Harbour was opened in 1897. [Ref 2]


Reference 1: Heward, Robert. “A Biographical Sketch of the Late Allan Cunningham.” The Journal of Botany Volume IV and Volume I (1842) Print.

Reference 2: Wikipedia – King George Sound


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