26th May 1821 – departs Port Jackson on King’s fourth voyage

1821-05-26On this day, 26th May 1821, Allan Cunningham, after various delays, departed Port Jackson on HMS Bathurst under the command of Phillip Parker King and in company with another ship, the Dick.

(Prior to the 1821 voyage, HMS Mermaid, commanded by Phillip Parker King, had been used for four major coastal survey voyages; three circumnavigating Australia’s mainland and one around Tasmania.  HMS Mermaid was replaced by the much larger HMS Bathurst, in March 1821, because it had become a wreck and was condemned.)

Reference 1:
Heward, Robert. “A Biographical Sketch of the Late Allan Cunningham.” The Journal of Botany Volume IV and Volume I (1842) p268 Print.

Robert Heward’s 1842 Biographical Sketch of Allan Cunningham is now out of copyright and was originally published in three parts: Part One appeared in The Journal of Botany Volume IV, printed in London 1842; and Part Two and Three appeared in The London Journal of Botany Volume I, also printed in 1842.  These volumes can be located at the libraries of the University of New South Wales Library, in Sydney and the National Library of Australia Library, in Canberra (Ref: FRM F3424)

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