Tag: Sydney

27th June 1838 – Snow in Sydney

In June 1838 Sydney was shivering under a cold spell when, on the afternoon of the 27th, rain began to fall and continued through the night as the temperature dropped to Zero C. The next morning the rain turned to snow, covering the ground with a white blanket about an inch (2.5cm) thick.

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1st March 1837 – Allan Cunningham took up his position as Colonial Botanist

On this day, 1st March 1837, Allan Cunningham took up his position as Colonial Botanist in New South Wales.

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30th January 1836 – Charles Darwin Leaves Sydney

While Allan Cunningham is in England, Charles Darwin ends his visit to Sydney and departs aboard “The Beagle” 30th January 1836.

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12th January 1836 – Charles Darwin arrives in Sydney

While Allan Cunningham is in England, Charles Darwin arrived in Sydney aboard “The Beagle” on 12th January 1836

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26th December 1832 – First Performance Theatre Royal

Australia’s first professional theatrical performance is staged at the Theatre Royal, Sydney, organised by Jewish entrepreneur Barnett Levey.

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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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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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3rd July 1826 – The Bank of Australia Opened

On this day, 3rd July 1826, The Bank of Australia opend in “Underwood’s Building” in the northern most house of the “connected two-story houses” facing George Street opposite the Essex Streed intersection.

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3rd January 1826 – Alexander Macleay arrives in the colony

While Allan Cunningham was at his home in Parramatta recuperating from his trip to the Wellington Valley, Alexander Macleay arrived in Port Jackson, aboard the convict ship Marquis of Hastings, with his wife and six daughters, to take up the role of Colonial Secretary of New South Wales.

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2nd January 1824 – Dumont D’Urville and Rene Lesson visit the colony

Around this day, 2nd January 1824, Frenchman Dumont D’Urville, botanist and Rene P lesson, naturalist visit the colony.

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1st August 1822 – exploring and collecting in The Illawarra

Around this time, 1st August 1822, Allan Cunningham was exploring and collecting in The Illawarra region south of Sydney.

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25 April 1822 – return from King’s fourth Australian coastal survey

From 26 May 1821 to 25 April 1822 – King’s fourth Australian coastal survey:Northward From Port Jackson aboard HMS “Bathurst”

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