On Saturday His Majesty's ship Tees, Captain COE, returned from New Zealand.
On Sunday arrived from Port Dalrymple, with 5000 bushels of wheat, 59 bales of wool, 452 kangaroo skins, and 6 tons of potatoes, the brig Aun, Captain Moon. She sailed the 28th ult. and brings passengers, Deputy Assistant Commissary General Roberts, Mr. Cathcart, Mr. Nowland, and Margaret Feigh.
Same day returned from a sealing trip, the brig Perseverance, Captain Craig, with 30 tons of salt,
and 4000 skins.
Remain in the harbour, with H. M. ship Tees ; the ships Hibernia, Brothers, Countess Dalhousie, Hope, Midas,Caroline, St. Michael, Rambler, and John Bull ; the brigs Ann, Active, Lynx, Brutus, Mercury, Amity, Perseverance, Governor Mac- quarie, Glory, and Minerva.
His EXCELLENCY the GOVERNOR in CHIEF, for the Despatch of Public Business, visited the Capital on Monday afternoon. His Excellency did not return to Parramatta till yesterday after-
This day the first SUPREME COURT OF CRI- MINAL JURISDICTION held in this Territory, commences operations.
Our Readers will see, per the General Orders in to-day's Gazette, the appointment of John THOMAS CAMPBELL, Esq. late PROVOST Marshal of the Territory, to the office of Sheriff; and that also of FREDERICK GARLING, Esq as the Com- missioner of the Court of Requests.
We are proud to inform our Readers, that it is the intention of the Government, almost imme- diately, to form a Settlement at Moreton Bay, or in its vicinity. The Colonists may anticipate much in favor of Australia's prosperity from the establishment of this contemplated Dependency. New and valuable discoveries will inevitably be the consequence of such a measure.
The ship Midas, which has been purchased, with her fine cargo, of Mr. JOSEPH UNDERWOOD, for £12,000, by the House of ICELY and HINDSON, is destined to sail the latter end of next week for England.
Notwithstanding the procurance of the in- formation from the best authority that could be got at, we regret to find, that the report of the late Coroner's inquest on the body of young Cox, in which Billy Blue was said lo be so grossly implicated, turns out to be incorrect ; and that the case, as regards Billy Blue, stands quite free of that flagrancy which was erroneously, and as we thought dispassionately, reported to us. It is foreign from our wish, and at variance with our principles, to give wrong statements ; and we shall always be most happy in affording prompt correction to misrepresentations - casualties to which the most particular and best conducted Journals are obnoxious.
Under the proper head of shipping intelligence we have noticed the return to port, after an absence of rather better than seven weeks, of His Majesty's ship Tees, Captain COE. Eighteen days were occupied in an attendance on the brig Elizabeth Henerietta, in endeavouring to get her off the beach, and it may be supposed that no effort was left untried to secure the object of the Tees' trip to New Zealand; but all the activily and ability exercised proved unavailing. The vessel was removed a distance of five yards, and there was then every prospect of success in the at- tempt; but, unfortunately, a gale set in on the shore, which drove her higher up the beach, and not till then was the fate of the Elizabeth Henri-
etta decided. The Tees brings up the crew, save the commander (Mr. Kent) and three men, who remain with the vessel, till instructions are despatched by the Government as to the only manner of proceeding that now remains to be dopted. Capt. COE thinks nothing better can
be effected, than that of burning the hull, and
thus save the iron work.
Weare happy to announce to the Friends of the Sydney Bethel Union, that it is intended, as soon as £200 are in hand, to commence the long spoken-of Floating Chapel. It is hoped, there- fore, that those Gentlemen, and others, who have been so considerate as to promise their assistance, will forward the intention of the Institution by giving in their respective Subscriptions. Divine Servies is regularly performed afloat every Sab- bath afternoon, and the congregations are both respectable and tolerably numerous.
SUNDAY SCHOOLS.-Monday last the Annual Examination of the WESLEYAN SYDNEY SCHOOL UNION took place in Prince-street Chapel. In the forenoon the Rev. Mr. COWPER preached a ser- mon, in the Church of St. Philip, on the pleasing occasion ; immediately after which the usual course of examination was pursued.
On Tuesday morning, the Annual Examination of the Sunday Schools of St. James, also took place, in the New Public School, in Castlereagh street. We have only room merely to notice these occurrences, to,unquestionably giatifying to the public feeling ; suffice it to say, that the children, on both days, gave the most unbounded
We are sorry to report that natives,, in the vicinity of Bathurst Plains, have beeil particularly troublesome duning the past month, and that within the last fortnight several stockkeepers have been killed. . Many contradictory statements are in circulation, but that which we have now to nar- rate may be depended on as correct, the same being contained in a letter from Mr. Terry's over- seer, and is dated the 2o th ult. On the estate of Mr.Terry, at Millamorah, three poor men have been destroyed by the natives; their names are, John Donnelly, David Brown, and Joseph Ross. Donnelly was discovered 432 yards from the hut, and must have maintained a stout resistance for his life, as traces of blood were visible in many places between the body and the hut. A waddy was found by his side, with which it is supposed the poor man defended himself till overpowered. In various parts, of the body he was dreadfully wounded, particularly about the head. Brown re- ceived a spear quite through the body; one tre- mendous blow was inflicted on the nose ; and the back part of the head was beaten in. The head of the third man (Ross) exhibited one mass of contu- sion, and three spears had penetrated the body. When the hapless men were killed, the sable mur- derers then proceeded to break up and destroy every article of convenience about the place; 12 sheep were killed and eaten at their camp, which was only 400 yards oft the hut. Several other sheep were also killed, and many wounded. This horde secured one musket and two bayonets, with all the ammunition in the hut. Three other un-
fortunate fellow creatures, servants to Mr.Tindell, also fell victims to the barbarity of these moun- taineers ; two of them having been burnt to death in the hut ; and the other had no less than 5 spears through the body, and one through each hand. This station, too, was stripped of every article. They were occupied three successive days in the perpetration of those horrible outrages, viz. on the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The writer of the letter now before us, reports that the natives have in their possession 7 stand of arms, with plenty of ammunition ; and, that unless timely suc- cour is afforded, many more lives are likely to be sacrificed. That such outrages will quickly be suppressed, and in future prevented, it would be presumptuous for any one to deny, who are at all aware as to the anxiety of the Government to afford and ensure all the protection and security in its power, so loudly called for as in the present instance. Those measures are now in operation that will bestow prompt relief to the affrighted settler, and unprotected stockman. Bul, in the interim, it would he as well for the settler, and his servants, to refrain from any thing like revenge. We would hope the report incorrect, which goes to say, that a party went out in quest of the natives, for the purpose of spreading destruction amongst their ranks, but the only horde they fell in with comprised three women; and, without question- ing the propriety of such a step, immediately dis- patched the poor unoffending creatures, notwith- standing they were females! If this be a fact, Heaven will not readily absterge so foul a stain -
how then is it to be expected that man should jus-
tify such blood-stained guilt ? We hope the next accounts will prove more favorable ; and there is no doubt but that the wisdom and energy of the Executive Authority will be exerted, as in former years, to obtain that permanent amity and good faith, which is as equally necessary for the safety of lives and property, as it is cal- culated to open the door, at no-distant day, for the civilization and evangelization of those present hostile myriads.
Some nocturnal depredators attempted an en- trance, on Friday night, or on Saturday morning last, into a house in Prince-street, but were un- fortunately too quickly disturbed, otherwise the chaps would have encountered a warm reception, which however is still in reserve for a second visit. They went to the next house, and walked off with a pie from the stye; and not content with this satisfaction for their trouble, the resolute villains actually honored the third house with a call; but, after well reconuoitering the premises, by trying the strength of the windows, and finding the shut- ters invincibly obstinate-to all attempts at opening for an easy admission, they were obliged to decamp. If those marauders would only be as persevering and induitrious in the day in honest pursuits, as it unquestionably appears they are engaged in crime by night, how sweet would be their repose, how undisturbed their contentment ? In such a case our society would, indeed, be blessed. Those characters, who are determined on ad-
hering to such unseasonable incursions, may calcu- late upon forming, sooner or later, as intimate acquaintance with the unrelenting lash of the law. They will be apt to proceed from so disgraceful a visitation, to the gaol gang; if that hard-working de- gradation be unsuccessful in its operation, the next retregade movement is likely to be a visit to Emu Plain, where men that forsget to reverence their God, honour not the King, or fail in regarding the laws of their country, will meet with that un- pleasant discipline which, while it is incongemal to the refractory mind, is at the same time essen- tially necessary to the preservation of good order
in Society, and the well-being of Government. Should this renovating station, however, prove in-
adequate to the end contemplated, which in some instances, after every care, will be the case, per- haps a visit to the tread-mill may not be considered quite inexpedient. In the event of all those ex- periments failing, Port Macquarie then becomes the most desirable spot for correction and reflec- tion on this side of Bass's Straits. But expe- rience has demonstrated that this penal seulement, even with the sentence of death hanging over the devoted head, has not been powerful enough to keep enchained the creature, who has, in lament- ably repeated instances, manifested that he is no longer fit to participate in the rights and privileges of a free subject ! At Port Macquarie the unhappy outcasts of Australia might, by penitence and good behaviour, in the course of time, merit a restora- tion to that society from which crime had induced their banishment; but not so generally, for, in very many instances, the only alternative left a benign and paternal Government, on this side of eternity, in which compassion may still, and only as it were be barely exercised, is the exilium of the unfortunate desperado to Macquarie Harbour, in Van Diemen's Land-there to spend the residue of his sentence (perhaps the remainder of his life) in the most abject slavery! To the prisoner of these Colonies, alone intent on rapine, this new sou- thern settlement should operate as a terror; for
we are assured, from the best authority, that the misery and wretchedness of men, drafted to Mac- quarie Harbour, beggars the power of descrip- tion-one and all exclaiming, when once they set foot on the shore, that transportation was only a name before, but that there it is transportation in reality! It is fit that men should smart for the abuse of that Royal mercy, which is so repeatedly
despised. When Macquarie Harbour fails in de- terring obdurate offenders from the commission of vice, then It is high time that the place of execu- tion should sweep them away from the face of that earth, which groans under the weight of the many years' atrocity that supplicates Heaven's justice ! Under all these circumstances, therefore, who will be unwilling to exclaim with the proverbialist, that " honesty is the best policy."
The Aguilar was still lying at George Town when the Ann left. We begin to get surprised at her long detention.
The estate of Bavly Park, which was sold by the hammer on Friday last, brought £3000.
A whale-boat, of some tons, commanded by a Mr. Apsey, well known in the Colony as the master of the Martha whaler (which vessel was condemned and broke up in this port 3 or 4 years since), was lately cleared out at the Colonial Office (so goes our information) for the settlement of Newcastle. This was the same boat in which
Messrs. Laurie, Child, and others, attempted their escape from the Colony some few months back, and had only been lately decked. It now appears, that several individuals are absent, without leave, in this identical colonial vessel, among whom are
comprised Laurie, Child, and Oldfield (an at- torney's clerk), all well known. That those indi- viduals are absent, and plentifully supplied with provision, is certain; but their intentions remain, at present, undeveloped. By this second and equally sudden exit, many creditors are remunerated with a "fying topsail."