An account of a voyage to establish a colony at Port Philip in Bass's Strait on the south coast of New South Wales, in His Majesty's Ship Calcutta, in the years 1802-3-4

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An account of a voyage to establish a colony at Port Philip in Bass's Strait on the south coast of New South Wales, in His Majesty's Ship Calcutta, in the years 1802-3-4  (1805) 
by James Hingston Tuckey

A

VOYAGE

TO ESTABLISH A COLONY AT

PORT PHILIP in BASS's STRAIT.

&c. &c.

Strahan and Preston, Printers,

New-Street Square, London.

AN

ACCOUNT

OF A

VOYAGE

TO ESTABLISH A COLONY AT

PORT PHILIP in BASS's STRAIT,

ON THE SOUTH COAST OF

NEW SOUTH WALES,

IN HIS MAJESTY'S SHIP CALCUTTA,

IN THE YEARS 1802-3-4.



By J. H. TUCKEY, Esq.

FIRST LIEUTENANT OF THE CALCUTTA.





LONDON:

PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, AND ORME,
PATERNOSTER-ROW ;
AND J. C. MOTTLEY, PORTSMOUTH.

1805.

CONTENTS.


Motives which induced Government to employ King's ships in transporting Convicts to New South Wales.—Intention of establishing a Colony in Bass's Strait.—Calcutta appointed to convey thither the first establishment.—Passage from England to Teneriffe, and the Cape Verd Islands.

Page 1
 

From the Cape Verd Islands to Rio de Janeiro.—North Atlantic Ocean.—St. Sebastian.—Population.—Manners, Climate, and Disseases.

31
 

Rio de Janeiro.—Productions, Trade.—Slaves, Indians.—Police and Courts of Justice.—State of Defence.—Political Situation.

77


 
From Rio de Janeiro to the Cape of Good Hope.—Islands of Tristan d'Acunba—Cape Town.—Simmon's Town.—Dutch.—Departure from the Cape.—Island of St. Paul.—Arrival at Port Philip.

115
 

Transactions at Port Philip from the Arrival to the Sailing of the Calcutta.—Survey of the Port.—Natives.—Communication with Port Jackson.—Determination to remove the Colony.—Examination of Western Port.

153
 

ADDENDA.
No Page
I. 215
II. List of Plants found at Port Philip, October, November, and December, 1803 218
III. Meteorological Journal for the Months of October, November, and December, at Port Philip. 220
IV. Observations on the various kinds of Timber found in New South Wales. 224
V. Observations respecting the selection of Convicts for transportation, and on the means of preserving health on the voyage. 231

ERRATA.

Page 5, line 9, Note for Hinders read Flinders.
 62, line 3, for gate read grate.