Archive for the ‘The Botany Bay Medallion’ Category

PERU – SILVER AND GOLD

Saturday, July 17th, 2021

‘There were plans to use the corps in expeditions against Panama, Peru and the Philippines but nothing eventuated’. Dr. Peter Stanley, The Remote Garrison, The British Army In Australia 1788-1870, Kangaroo Press, Sydney, 1986

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‘The British had long sought to penetrate Spain’s jealously guarded South American trade’. Nigel Rigby, Peter van der Merwe, Glyn Williams – Pacific Explorations, Voyages of Discovery from Captain Cook’s Endeavour to the Beagle, Bloomsbury, Adlard Coles, London 2018. 

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‘Without the direct intervention of Britain’s adversaries, France and Spain, on America’s side, the colonies could not hope to prevail against the superior British army and navy to win their independence outright’. Larrie. D. Ferreiro, Brothers at Arms, American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved it, First Vintage Books, 2017

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‘Phillip…had instructions to deal with the ‘natives’ with ‘amity and kindness’. Professor Larissa Behrendt, The Honest History Book, Invasion or Settlement, NewSouth Publishing, 2017

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‘For a brief moment there was hope…within a matter of years violence had broken out on both sides and Phillip would now instruct raiding parties to bring back the severed heads of warriors’.  Stan Grant, Talking To My Country, Text Publishing, 2017

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‘Flag’s Up…[3 June 1790] Lady Juliana with London on her stern. Letters, Letters was the cry…for the first time we heard  of the French Revolution of 1789, with all the attendant circumstances of that wonderful and unexpected event, succeeded to amaze us’. Tench. Marine Captain Watkin Tench, Sydney’s First Four Years, ed. L.F. Fitzhardinge, Angus and Robertson, 1961

 

‘Another great change came in the arrival [June 1790] with the Second Fleet of the first companies of the New South Wales Corps…  [among them] Lieutenant John Macarthur – a central figure in the military ‘mafia’ which quickly established itself as Australia’s first governing and property-owning elite’. Pacific Explorations. op.cit.

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‘his excellency pitched on me [Tench] to march tomorrow morning [14 December 1790] in order to “bring in six [6] of those natives who reside near the head of Botany Bay; or, if should be found impracticable, to put that number [6] to death…bring in the heads of the slain”. Governor Arthur Phillip RN, cited Tench. ibid

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‘Within a generation the heads of Aborigines were shipped to Britain in glass cases to be studied as relics of a doomed race’. Grant. op. cit.

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INVASION – THE GREAT BLACK WHITE DIVIDE

Monday, June 20th, 2016

The Old Privy Council decision in Cooper V Stuart [1889] was based on the factual error that Australia was peacefully settled and that Aborigines were never in possession of the land. That case was also inconsistent with the common law decisions of the United States, Canada and New Zealand. In short, it was wrongly decided’. Professor Bruce Kercher, An Unruly Child, A History of Law in Australia, Allen & Unwin, 1994

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BRITAIN BY A NOSE

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

1785 – August, Brest: ‘In 1785 Louis XVI quietly sent the Comte de la Perouse with two ships La Boussole & L’Astrolabe to survey likely spots for French settlements. Aboard were copper plates engraved with the royal arms to be used as permanent notification of French ownership’. Australian Discovery and Exploration, Michael Cannon, 1987  

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ARTHUR PHILLIP – HUNG OUT TO DRY

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

June 1790: In which long time no supplies [from England] had reached us. From the intelligence of our friends and connections we had been entirely cut off, no communication whatever having passed with our native country since the 13th May, 1787, the day of our departure from Portsmouth’. Marine Captain Watkin Tench, Sydney’s First Four Years, ed. F.L. Fitzhardinge, Angus and Robertson,1961.

1790  – 3 June, Sydney: When on 3 June 1790  Lady Juliana with ‘London on her stern’ sailed into Sydney Harbour three (3) years had passed since a large convoy of eleven (11) English ships, known in Britain and Australia as the  ‘First Fleet’, sailed from Portsmouth, England bound for Botany Bay, New Holland.

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