Collins, David, 1756-1810

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Lieutenant-Colonel David Collins was ordered to establish a settlement on Port Phillip Bay to secure the strategic Bass Strait for the British. However, he was unhappy with that locality and decided to transfer the settlement to the Derwent River. On 15 February 1804, Collins, with the first detachment from Port Phillip in the Ocean and Lady Nelson, anchored off the new settlement at Risdon. A quick inspection satisfied him that the site was quite unsuitable and he made his own reconnaissance, eventually selecting the area on the western bank known as Sullivans Cove and ordering that the expedition should be disembarked with all its stores in the vicinity of Hunters Island.

From the description of List [manuscript]. 1938. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 224628436

David Collins was first Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania.

From the description of Letter. 1807. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225715133

Cadell and Davies were the publishers of David Collins' Account of the English colony in New South Wales published in London in 1798 and 1802.

From the description of [Letter, 1800 June 9 to Messrs. Cadell and Davies]. [1800] (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225791210

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Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Cadell and Davies corporateBody
associatedWith Collins, George. person
associatedWith Collins, Maria. person
correspondedWith Kemp, Anthony Fenn, 1773-1868 person
associatedWith Knopwood, Robert, 1763-1838. person
associatedWith Sorrento (Vic.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Willcocks, R. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Derwent, River (Tas.)
Australia--New South Wales
Lieutenant governors
Lieutenant governors


Birth 1756-03-03

Death 1810-03-24



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SNAC ID: 57093011