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1796 in Australia

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1796 in Australia
Decades:  1780s 1790s 1800s 1810s
See also:  Other events of 1796 Timeline of Australian history


  • Governor of New South Wales – John Hunter
  • Lieutenant-Governor of Norfolk Island – Philip Gidley King
  • Inspector of Public Works – John Macarthur/Richard Atkins
  • Events

  • 16 January – Australia's first theatre opens in Sydney. Edward Young's The Revenge and the comedy The Hotel are the first works performed.
  • 23 January – The distillation of spirits is prohibited.
  • 5 February – Soldiers from the New South Wales Corps wreck a house belonging to millwright John Baughan.
  • 10 February – Magistrate William Balmain challenges Macarthur over the house-wrecking incident.
  • 29 February – Macarthur resigns as Inspector of the Public Works and is replaced by Richard Atkins.
  • June – George Bass makes an unsuccessful attempt to cross the Blue Mountains. Coal is discovered near Port Stephens.
  • 14 September – Governor Hunter complains to the Colonial Secretary of Macarthur’s behaviour.
  • 15 September – Macarthur complains to Colonial Secretary of Hunter’s governing.
  • 9 November – As Sydney grows, Hunter disbands the convict night watch. He divides Sydney into four districts responsible for their own watchmen and orders houses to be numbered.
  • First beer is brewed in Australia by John Boston.
  • Births

  • 20 March – Edward Gibbon Wakefield
  • date unknown
  • Henry Vincent, first superintendent of Rottnest Island Aboriginal Prison (d. 1869)
  • References

    1796 in Australia Wikipedia

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