Hobart Town Gazette
FRIDAY, APRIL 16.
Sitting Magistrate - E. F. Bromley, Esq. HOLIDAY AT THE BANK ON MONDAY.
SHIP NEWS.- On Saturday arrived the ship Hope, Captain Norris, with merchandize. She left England the 19th of September, and the Cape of Good Hope the 18th February.
Yesterday morning arrived from Eng- land the ship Heroine, Captain Ostler, with merchandize and numerous pas- sengers. She sailed from London the 15th November and from the Cape
Same day arrived the ship Brothers, Capt. Motley, with 89 female convicts, and 56 free passengers. - Surgeon Su- perintendent, Dr. Hall, R. N. She sailed from the Downs the 6th Decem-
ber, and spoke the Triton on the 11th instant, 60 miles from land.
Same day also arrived the brig Ami- ty, Captain McMeckan, from Scotland, with merchandize and passengers. She left Stauraer the 10th November, and touched at Rio de Janeiro, which port she left on the 26th January.
On Sunday sailed His Majesty's Colonial cutter Mermaid, Capt. Pearce,
for Port Jackson.
Remain in the harbour, the ships Hope, Heroine, and Brothers; and the brigs Perseverance, Amity, and Jupiter.
We have the satisfaction to state, that a party of Gentlemen returned
last week from an excursion to the Great Lake, to the north-west of Ho- bart Town about 90 miles; and from one of them we learn, that the country the party passed through was very beauti- ful, particularly St. Patrick's Plains,
which lie about 7 miles to the south-east of the Great Lake, and consist of an extensive tract of fine country, 7 or 8000 acres of clear land, calculated to feed a considerably stock, and well watered by the River Shannon, which runs nearly through the centre of the
The party experienced little or no difficulty in the conveyance of a boat to the Lake, by which they were enabled to take an accurate survey of this im- mense expanse of water, which in ap- pearance much resembled the entrance
of the River Derwent. Five hours
were occupied in taking the boat (row- ing four oars) from the north shore of
the Lake into a bay to the most southern extremity. The number of peninsulas which run into the Lake, with the deep bays consequently formed, make the circumference about 75 miles, its length about 20 miles, and breadth 10 miles.
In the Lake are five Islands, mostly covered with a species of cedar (the foilage of which much resemble the Huon pine), and a vast number of beautiful shrubs. The party landed on some of the Islands. Although the Lake exhibits so great a surface of wa- ter, the party were much disappointed in finding its greatest depth not exceed- ing three fathoms, and generally not deeper than three feet; appearances however existed of the water at times being considerably higher. Few or no birds were seen ; one Platypus Para-
doxus was discovered near the boat
whilst under weigh, but it could not be caught. The only river observed run- ning from the Lake was the Shannon to the south. The land around is gene- rally good, and displays a very pic- turesque appearance ; and on the whole the country is described capable of feed- ing extensive herds and flocks on a variety of plains.
This day being Good Friday, it was observed as a holiday throughout the Settlement. - Divine Service was per- formed at St. David's Church ; also at the Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist Chapels. The flag was hoisted at Mulgrave Battery, and on Mount Nelson the whole of the day.
The Amity has brought from Scotland two bulls and four cows, the property of Mr. Ralston and Mr. James Greig.
By the Hope we learn, that the Pro- vidence, Capt. Remington, was in Table Bay on the 1st February. She left Fal- mouth the 9th November, and Madeira
the 27th November.
The ship Ardent, from Dublin with passengers for Van Diemen's Land, was at Rio when the Amity sailed.
Extract of a Letter from London, dated 18th October, addressed to a Mer- chant of Hobart Town ; it is taken from Lloyd's books : -" The brig Minerva, Captain Bell, from New South Wales, has at length been announced in our books. She put into Valparaiso on the *4th June, leaky, 16 weeks from New Holland; and, in going to discharge and repair, was run foul by a Chilian frigate, Valdaia, beat in her top-sides, carried away her boom, &c. The frigate was expected to sink before they could get her guns out. The storm was dreadful and many vessels were damaged. Fifty guineas per cent, were given at one period upon the Minerva."
This day being a holiday at the Bank
we understand that the sixth instalment of 10 per cent, will be in consequence paid by the Proprietors to-morrow.
We are informed, that the Bank
Shares are all to be done on parchment of Colonial manufacture, and printed upon a fine large and elegant new Type (old English or Black), shortly expect- ed to arrive in the Colony, per the brig Deveron.
The Bank Directors have, it is un- derstood, sent to England for an entire new set of engraved Copper Plates for the Bank of Van Diemen's Land ; which are expected to, be executed in the first style.- Bank Paper, which cannot be' imitated or forged, from its transparent colours, will also come out with the plates.
In our Paper the Week before last, we reported the arrival of 17 convicts per the Triton from Port Jackson. It appears that these men are most notorious and abandoned characters, runaways from Port Macquarie, in New South Wales, and that they were drafted to this Colony in order to their being kept at hard labour, for the remainder of their terms of transportation, at Macquarie Harbour, where escape is never accom- plished without loss of life, either by perishing in the woods, or by some other
It may not be generally known, that SAX BANNISTER, Esq. His Majes- ty's newly-appointed Attorney General
for New South Wales, is the Barrister who recently edited Bridgeman's Legal Reports.
On Monday, the 22d ult. the Races for the county of Cornwall, took place at Launceston; and, we understand, the attendance was much more respect- able and numerous than on any former occasion.-The horses that started were,
Mr. Jordan's Waratan;
Mr. R. White's Duke of Bronte ' Mr.. Hardwickes Scrambler Mr. Massey;s Highflyer; and Mr. Clayton's Chase.
Chase was the favourite amongst the knowing ones at starting ; but Waratan beat by half a neck.- The Duke of Bronte did wonders-.- A heat afterwards took place between Mr. Cathcart's Swift, and Dr. Mountgarrett's Model; which was gained by the former with ease.
A Cabbage, of the drum-head spe- cies, was this week sent to a Gentleman in town by Mr. George Espie, Forest of Arden, Cross Marsh, which weighed 28 lbs. ; when growing is stood two feet high, and covered with, its luxuriant leaves nine feet in circumference. This species of cabbage grows in this Co-
lony to the greatest perfection, and may, be cultivated to great advantage for the feeding of milch cows and the fat- tening of bullocks, sheep, and swine.
A remarkable circumstance has oc- curred this season in that of a male quince-tree bearing fruit in the garden of a Gentleman at Newtown. For the inspection of the curious, this fruit, which is imperfectly ripe, may bee seen at
the Gazette Office.
The following are the passengers by the ship Hope ; Mr. and Mrs. De Graves
and family Mr McIntosh
Mr. & Miss Venables Miss Bacon
Mr. and Mrs. James
Blair and child
Mr. and Mrs. Rooke
Mr and Mrs. Marzetti
& 3 children
Mr. Michael Lee
Mr. J: Perrysughes Mr. J. E. Mace .
Mr. J. Walters
Mr. R. Jarvis Mr. J. Blair Mr.R. Lake Mr. G. Curlewis Mr. J. Carter
Mr. J. Purmer Mr.T. Tayer
Mr. J. A. Clarke Mr. Byen
Mr. W. Woodman Mr. G. Russell
Miss E. Cummings, in all 43
Passengers by the Heroine:-
Mr. D. Wedge
Mr. J.H. Wedge Mr John Darke
Mr. Mrs. and Miss
Reeves, and 4
Mr. & Mrs. Bayles, and 4 children Mr. G. Simpson
Mr. and Miss Williamson
Mr and Mrs. Hammond
Mr. and Mrs. Oakes
Mr. and Mrs. Grant
Mr. Hamilton, R.N. Mrs. Hamilton
Mr. S. Greenhill Mr. T. Greenhill Mr. Marshall
Mr. James Bayles
Mr. J. G. Jennings Mr. H. Jennings,
and 33 steerage passengers.
Passengers by the Amity -
Mr & Mrs. Ralston and family
Mr. Grieg Mr. A. Grieg Mr. Munn
Miss Wilbraham Mr. J. Drummond Mr. Alexander Mr. Neil Campbell Mr. M. campbell Mr. M'Cullum Mr. M'Kellar