Tag: 1831

22nd December 1831 – Charles Fraser, the Colonial Botanist, dies

On this day, 22nd December 1831, Charles Fraser, the Colonial Botanist, working in Port Jackson, died. Charles was a founder of the Botanic Gardens in Sydney and took part in many exploratory expeditions including several in the company of Allan Cunningham …

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22nd October 1831 – Gov Darling leaves the colony

Governor Darling sailed from Sydney for the UK with his wife and children in the “Hooghley” on 22 October.

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21st October 1831 – Mr Wentworth celebrates with a Fete

While Allan Cunningham was on his way to England on the “Forth”, in October 1831, Mr William Charles Wentworth celebrated the departure of Governor Darling by organising a “splendid Fete” at his home on the shores of Sydney Harbour, inviting many colonists to enjoy his hospitality. Over 4000 people attended.

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1st August 1831 – New London Bridge Opened

On this day, 1st August 1831, the New London Bridge was opened in London. At this time, Allan Cunningham was living at Strand-On-The-Green. It is interesting to wonder whether Mr Cunningham went to the opening celebrations.

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1st July 1831 – Allan purchases a house at Strand-on-the-Green in London

On this day, 1st July 1831, Allan Cunningham purchased a residence at Number 21 Strand-on-the-Green

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18th June 1831 – Allan Cunningham at sea on the “Forth”

Sometime around 18th June 1831 Allan Cunningham was aboard the “Forth” sailing to England. A brig, “Three Sisters”, outward bound from Bahia crossed their path. The ship had sailed from Bahia to Guernsey, laden with sugar. From her captain and one of her passengers, who were invited on board, they received a long account of the revolution that had taken place in Brazil, and of the abdication of Don Pedro.

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9th June 1831 – At sea aboard the “Forth”

On this day, 9th June 1831, Allan Cunningham was at sea aboard the “Forth” heading for England. A ship, the “Royal Admiral”, outward bound from Port Jackson, sailed into view. Light winds kept them together several days, and visits were occasionally paid to and from both vessels until the wind picked up and they continued on their way.

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14th May 1831 – The Steamship “Sophia Jane” arrives

On this day, 14th May 1831, the first steamship to operate in Australian waters, “Sophia Jane”, arrived at Port Jackson from Britain under sail.

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14th April 1831 – at sea off the coast of Cape Horn

On this day, 14th April 1831, Allan Cunningham was onboard the “Forth” sailing for England and off the coast of Cape Horn.

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31st March 1831 – Steamship SS Surprise launched at Neutral Bay

While Allan Cunningham sailed toward England, on this day, 31st March 1831, the first steamboat in Australia, Surprise, was launched at Neutral Bay.

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25th February 1831 – Allan departs for England on the “Forth”

On this Day, 25th February 1831, Allan Cunningham sailed homeward to Portsmouth in England from Port Jackson on the “Forth” after collecting botanical specimens and exploring the Australian wilderness for 15 years.

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