Sitting Magistrate-Rev. Robert Knopwood, M. A.
SHIP NEWS -Arrived on Wednesday
from England, the brig Thalia, Captain John Welsh, owner (late
commander of the ship Claudine).
She brings out a valuable cargo of merchandize, and a few passengers;-namely, Miss Maria Randell, Miss Margaret Roberts, Mr. Henry Heylin, Mr. George Marshall, Mr. John Street, and Mr. Wilson.- The Thalia left Falmouth the 5th of November, and on her passage touched at the Cape of Good Hope, where she left some
Same day His Majesty's colonial brig Duke of York, under the charge of the Harbour Master (Mr. Kelly), returned to port from Macquarie Harbour, after a short passage of only 5 days.
Remain in the harbour with His Majesty's co- lonial brigs Duke of York and Prince Leopold, the ships Royal George and Castle Forbes ; the brigs Thalia and Jupiter ; and the schooner Vic-
Yesterday being Good Friday, Divine Service was performed at St. David's Church.
When the Thalia left England, the Denmark Hill and packet Hope were on the eve of sailing for this Colony ;-these vessels may consequently be daily looked for in this port.
Fencing.-In a Government and General Order of the 30th of June last, the attention of the settlers was called to fencing, as a step most important to the improvement and security of their property ; and the same Order notified, that the Co- lonial Regulation of the parent Colony, which de- clares, that, in case of damage being done by stock upon corn land, no compensation for the injury sustained thereon should be claimable, except the land be fenced, would be made a Regulation in this Dependency from and after the 1st of July next.
From the numerous advantages which would eventually be derived from such a judicious mea sure, and which must of course be rapidly felt by the proprietor of the land, we have every reason to hope that fencing will ere long have a more par- ticular share of attention and care; and as the sweet-briar is a plentiful plant, and of rapid growth, in this Colony, we recommend this species of fence as the cheapest, and perhaps the best, that can possibly be reared, where quick or hawthorn is not in plenty ; for it would, in a few years after plant ing, if properly attended to, entirely supersede the necessity of posts and rails, the usual fences now made, upon which much money must be ex- pended, without the advantage of durability. The method of raising this beautiful plant is simply this:-Let the berries, or hips, as they are usually called, be gathered when ripe (which is the case now in the Colony), and, being properly dried, sow them, in the ensuing spring, in a bed of light rich garden mould: they will quickly appear; and, as they grow exceedingly fast in this climate, some of the strongest of them may be taken up early in the following winter, and planted where they are to remain : the others may be planted out as they strengthen in their growth, and as they may be required to be removed.
Preparations are making for the removal of that part of the trunk, which conveys the water to Mr. Pick's mill, across Murray-street, by placing large tubes from one side of the street to the other, under ground, by which means the water will be conveyed equally as well to the mill ; and the street in that part, which has always been wet and nearly impassable in consequence, will in future be perfectly dry and clean.
At a Bench of Magistrates, held on Saturday last, at which the Deputy Judge Advocate presided; James Brown (free) was fully committed for trial before a Court of Criminal Jurisdiction, on a
charge of stealing a coil of rope and other articles, the property of Mr. Nathaniel Thornton.
Matthew Travers, Richard Hurlstone, and Ro- bert Greenhill (convict), pleaded guilty to the charges of absconding from the Public Works, and of feloniously stealing and carrying away a Schooner, the property of Messrs. Kemp and Co. They were sentenced to receive 150 lashes each, and to be transported to Macquarie Harbour for the remainder of their respective sentences.
Patrick Dogherty (convict) was found guilty of feloniously shooting at, and wounding Mr. Thomas Roadknight. He was sentenced to receive 200
lashes, and to be transported to Macquarie Har-
bour for the remainder of his sentence.
Henry Gascoign (convict) was sentenced to la- bour one month in the gaol gang for maiming a working bullock, the property of his master, Thos. Chaffey.
T. Bradfield, a convict servant to Joseph Beres- ford, was ordered to be returned to the Govern- ment Works, for assaulting John Head, school master, in the district of Glenarchy.
Wm. James Overell was ordered to find security for his good behaviour for four months, himself in £20, and two sureties in £ 10 each, on a charge of assaulting George Hull, Esq.