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John Brown (c.1801 – 1879) was born in England. He attended Mill Hill School from 1812 to 1815 and at the age of 30 was a registered voter in the city of London. In 1833 he was an importer of wines and spirits at St Mary at Hill. After the decline of his business in [...]

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Journal Entries written by: John Brown

Tuesday 4 October 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Wednesday Oct 4th Mr Beare sent up a lot of Stores, which arrd at the Beach about 7 O’Clock P.M. but it being quite dark, they were obliged to be left there all Night  _______

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Wednesday 5 October 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Thursday Oct 5th We were all employ’d this Day in clearing away the Road to the Beach, and getting the Stores up to my Cottag, that were out all last Night

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Friday 7 October 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Saturday Oct 7th The two Messrs Powell & Chandler have been engaged all the Week at Fencing, and assisting me with Stock, except with the Stores on Thursday ___ Saturday Oct 15th The Men have been engaged all this Week at repairing our Sheep Sheds, and helping me with the live Stock  _____

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Saturday 22 October 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Saturday Oct 22d The two Men have been employ’d all this Week
at making a new substantial Fence round the Paddocks and
attending to the Stock       _________         On Tuesday last I
had all the So Down Sheep shear’d and gave them a complete
dressing with Ointment, as they were very bad indeed of the Scab,
but think they are now cured

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Saturday 29 October 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Saturday Oct 29th Chandler has been assisting me all this Week with Stock and occasionally at the new Fence Powell did not go to Work untill Thursday On Tuesday last, two of the So Down Ewes, strayed away and were lost untill This Day, when we found them in the Wood near to the Beach

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Saturday 5 November 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Saturday Nov 5th On Sunday last one of our large
Sows was found dead. She was going about as usual
the previous Day, but in miserable lean condition —
Chandler did not go to Work untill Wednesday, during which
time Powell assisted me with the live Stock, and commen-
-ced building a Goose House that was finishd Yestdy

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Saturday 12 November 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Nov 12th On Wednesday Last, 16 Wedder Sheep were sent
from Kingscote to this Station, but on Acct of the high
blustering foul Wind, they were unable to reach this place…
The following Morng found 7 of them dead, 2 missing and
7 alive, which latter, with great difficulty were brought
to this place, some of them so very Weak, had to be carried
by the Men a considerable part of the way, which is a distance
of 5 Miles along the Sea Beach. — We have searched
amongst the Brush-wood ever since to find the Missing Ones,
but without the least success, so that I have no doubt but
that they are dead — One of our little Sow’s was found
dead this Morng with its Throat uncommonly swell’d

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Saturday 19 November 1836

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Saturday Nov 19th On Monday last we commenced shearing the Merinos, and Leicester Sheep, putting the Wool of each sort into a seperate Sack, and on Thursday 3 of our Merino Rams had their Horns partly sawn off as they were beginning to grow into their Heads, in a very dangerous manner indeed.              During the [...]

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Saturday 26 November 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Saturday Nov 26th One of our wretched wether Sheep
was found dead, on Monday Morng last, and the other Six
were stray’d into the Bush, since which time Chandler
has been engaged looking for them & a little Boar that
had also gone astray      since Thursday he has been assisted
by Powell (who only commenced work on the Day)
They succeeded in finding all the Sheep but 2 out of the 6
were dead, and the remaining 4 are the picture of misery —
While searching the Beach on Thursday they also
found our large white Sow lieing dead with 2 small
pigs that She had litter’d — This Sow has been in the habit
of going between here and North Cape, for a Month past, and
had it appears had brought forth young in the Bush, about 20 yds
from the Beach leading to that place — I am very
sorry we had not the means of confining here, for want of
Hog Troughs, untill it was over late.

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Saturday 3 December 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

The Men were employ’d the beginning of
this Week, in diging 3 Wells of 6 or 7 Feet each in depth
but got nothing except salt Water in all of them —
On Wednesday I recd orders from Sml Stephens Esqr
C.M. to get the Stock together in readyness for departing
to the Main Land, by the Brig Emma, Capt Nelson,
who would take them on board the following Day or Friday
at latest. We therefore on Thursday drove all the Ewes
and a Ram lamb of the So Down breed, but which was exceed-
-ingly ill, and died within an Hour after being brought Home
the cause of his Death in my opinion, is from being for a length of time
obliged to live upon very unwholesome Food, and brackh Water, as seve-
-ral of the full grown Sheep have likewise been very unwell during
the last Week, and all of them are greatly falling off in condition
for the Grass is so dry and burnt by the Sun that they will
not eat it, but prefer the green Leaves & Twigs of the same
kinds of Trees & Shrubs, which are growing in the Woods about this
place, and have no doubt that many of them are of a poison-
-ous Nature. …
We have all the Pigs, except a little Boar which has been mis-
-sing for the last Fortnight, and a large black Sow that stops
almost continually at North Cape  _________
There has been very little Fodder at this Station for a
Week past, and we are now without any whatever, so that
the poor Sheep have nothing to subsist upon while confined
(waiting for the Boats coming from Kingscote, to take them
away) except the poor dried Grass that can be collected
about the place, which is miserable fare indeed.

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Monday 5 December 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Mr Beare accomp’d by a lot of People, arrd
this Morng to take away the Stock &c, but on Acct of the very
high Wind that was then blowing, they only took away a few
Stores, this leaving the Sheep to hunger another Day.

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Tuesday 6 December 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

…Unfortunately 2 of our So Down
Ewes, and 1 Leicester Ewe died this Morng, which I can
attribute to no other cause but the want of substantial Food,
for the Grass they have been living upon since Thursday last
is so Dry & burnt by the Sun, that very little nourishment
indeed, can be obtain’d from it, and several of our Sheep
have become uncommonly Weak in consequence of being so
long confined on such miserable stuff, as we hourly expect
the Boats arrival ever since that Day, to take them from
this place of starvation.

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Wednesday 7 December 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Wednesday Dec 7th We got all the Stock and Stores from the Salt Lagoon Station safely on board of Ship last Eveng except 1 Wether Sheep, &1 Black Sow, both of which got away from the Sailors that were taking them to the Beach also a little Boar that had been missing for some time [...]

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Friday 9 December 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

We left Kingscote early Yestdy Morng and
arrd in Rapid Bay this Eveng, at which place 9 Wedder
Sheep were landed for Colnel Light. One of the Leicester
Ewes died Yestdy and a Merino Ewe is uncommonly Weak

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Sunday 11 December 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Having remaind at Anchor all Friday
Night in Rapid Bay, we weighd again early Yestdy
Morng, and arrd at our destination Hold fast Bay
this Eveng, thus making 4 Days Works of a 4 Hours passage
and have every prospect of a heavy Gale of Wind, to keep us
on board a Day or two longer   __________

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Friday 16 December 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

On Monday last, the Wind blew so very strong
that not an Article could be landed, but during Tuesday it
abated considerably when part of our Stores were landed
and have got every thing on Shore this Day, except 2 Pork
Barrels, that are either lost, or have not been put on board
at Kingscote as we can only get two instead of four
which are mention’d in the Invoice   _____
While bringing the Sheep ashore on Wednesday last
one of the Wedders unfortunately got his leg broken
& was therefore kill’d and sold by Capt Martin —
The grey Mare was deliver’d up to Mr Gilbert, who
will take charge of her, untill Mr Morfit arrives

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Monday 19 December 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Early this Morng and during Palmers
Watch all our Sheep got out from the Park netting,
but were found during the Day scattered about in every
direction and 3 of them were dead, which no doubt have
been killed by the wild Dogs…

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Wednesday 21 December 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Both Yestdy and to Day have been employ’d
Shearing the Wedder Sheep, and afterwards rubbing them
as likewise all the others with boil’d Tobacco, they being very
much affected with the Scab   ______

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Sunday 25 December 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

Sunday Dec 25th During last Night, our Mare broke her tethering Rope and stray’d away unperceived by those on Watch (Chandler and Palmer) and has not been seen by any Person all this Day   _______

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Tuesday 27 December 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

This Morng our large black Sow, was
found dead near the Tents, She had been shot in the
left shoulder apparently with a Ball, by some Person
unknown, this Sow was heavy in young, there being 8 fine
Pigs nearly full grown, found inside of the poor Animal, —
Likewise One of our white Sows has recd a severe wound
behind the left shoulder during the Forenoon, which has been
done by a Spear or other Weapon of that Sort  _______
All the Swine were housed last Night, except the black Sow,
which we could not find.

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Wednesday 28 December 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

I have been Out all this Day looking
for the Mare, accompd by 3 of our own Men, and 2 other
Persons who volunteer’d, we went in two different directions
towards the foot of the Mountains, but have not been success-
-ful  —  During last Night one of our white Sows
litterd 8 Pigs, and the So Down Ewe brought forth
a fine strong Ewe lamb, all of which are doing well —
About Noon of this Day the Ship Buffalo anchor’d
in Hold fast Bay. She has on board “Capt Hindmarsh”
Governor &c, &c, &c.   _____________

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Friday 30 December 1836

[, who arrived in South Australia on board the wrote.]

The Mare was searchd for Yestdy
again in vain, but this Forenoon I accompd by 2 of our
Men found her in an excellent pasture about 6 Miles
from this place, by the bottom of the Mountains, and
improved in her condition   ___   During this Eveng our
Colnl Manager, Sml Stephens Esqr, arrd here from
Kangaroo Island & acompd by a Mr Stewart  ____

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