The day was actually passing me by without my knowing that.
Now that I know it I'll pass it on to some others.
In turn I'd welcome being contacted by anyone interested in Arthur
Phillip's first sighting (and naming) of the Blue Mountains features.
According to standard history AP and party set off from Manly and
headed west and that night camped at Bungaroo (
Next day they continued west and they saw the Mountains.
But from where? There's all sorts of speculations on this and at
the moment I'm favouring Pymble-Turramurra area as being where they
Very soon after that he set out again towards what he'd seen ---
didn't get there but such trip resulted in Prospect being reached
(first called Bellevue - "nice view"
And their best camping spot was at the "Crescent" near the head of
the Parramatta River .. even planted some seeds there I think, and
Phillip like Macarthur said 'I'll be back'.
He'd resolved to return there, or send people there, when the season
was better later on, to permanently settle - thus began the SECOND
settlement in NSW - Parramatta.
That first sighting he did from ?Turramurra began the concerted push
westwards ... initially because he thought, and wrote, where there's
big mountains there must be a big river.
And wherever there's a big river the English of those times could
settle - likely with much better soil that found around Sydney Cove.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michelle Nichols" aus-pt-jackson-convicts(a)rootsweb.com
Sent:Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:12:38 +1000
Subject:[PJ] Celebrating Governor Arthur Phillip
As many of you are probably aware, today marks 200 years since the
death of Governor Arthur Phillip (1738-1814). A British naval officer,
he was appointed the first Governor of NSW in 1786. He supervised the
First Fleet voyage and then the subsequent settlement which was
established at Sydney Cove. Laid a sound foundation for the colony.
Phillip held the post of Governor until 1792 when he returned to
England due to illness.
Arthur Phillip's died on 31 August 1814 and was buried in Bathampton.
There are several good articles you can read online providing more
information about NSW's first Governor including his own account "The
Voyage Of Governor Phillip To Botany Bay: With An Account Of The
Establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson And Norfolk Island"
Australian Dictionary of Biography
Dictionary of Sydney
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