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October 1789

Monday. 5th: October. A Vessel of 12 Tons was launch'd which was the first built in the Country: Her construction was that of the Lighter & of an easy draught of water for the purpose of carrying Stores & Provisions over the Flats to Rose Hill.

Wednesday.7. The Governor was to Rose Hill to trace a peice of water near it, supposed by those who first fell in with it to communicate with the NW Arm of Botany Bay.

Saturday.10. He returned, fell in with a fresh water River about 4 Miles from Rose Hill to the So.ward & which had many windings, they followed the course of it down on one side of the banks, not having a boat, as far as the Gullies, which they were obliged to walk round would admit of, they found a rise of 4 feet where the water was fresh & some distance below that part they met the Salt Water, which had every appearance of communicating with Botany Bay or a small distance to the So.ward of it with the Sea, but this for want of a Boat they could not ascertain, being upon the forked part of view facsimile

a branch, at one part of which a Kanguroo was closely pursued by the Greyhound that they had with them & took to the Water, the Dog followed & got hold of the Kanguroo, the Kanguroo attack'd the Dog & tore him so much that one of the People was obliged to go in & cut the Kanguroo's throat to save the Dog.

Saturday. 31st. The Sirius, Supply, Battalion & Convicts put to 2/3 allowance of Provisions.

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