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February 1790

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Wednesday.3rd. The Governor & Benallon visited the Look out Post Benallon being now well reconciled generally accompanies the Governor in little excursions: He threw a Spear on the South Head against a strong wind 98 Yards, which was considerably farther than I ever noticed before: In their return to Sydney Cove they saw some Women on a point of land near Rose Bay to which they rowed, throw'd them a Jacket & several other things, among this party was a Woman whom Benallon was very fond of (Barang-ooroo) & with whom he had much conversation, he wanted her to come to the Boat telling her that he was fast by the leg & could not get the them, they learn'd from these Women, that Colbey was then fishing on the other side of the Hill, that he could not get the shackle from his leg.

Sunday.7. Nanbaray (the Native Boy) was at the look out Post on a visit, this day among other amusements he went through the ceremony of a Burial; which he did by first digging a Grave, put into it a quantity of dry sticks: the body was laid at length in green brush which he tied at both ends & placed it upon the dry sticks, then piled sticks over it above the surface of the ground & signified that they set fire to the pile & threw ashes & earth all together leaving the ground in shape of the Grave usually met with: That part of the ceremony of lighting the fire he was obliged to omit not being strong enough to get it; view facsimile

He shew'd us the manner in which it was done by two sticks, one placed horizontally, the other pointed is applied to this which by constant friction, makes a small hole through which fire is communicated to some very dry stuff placed under for that purpose, it appears to be rather tedious & laborious.

Wednesday.10th A Sail was seen in the Offing which was soon known to be the Supply: she falling in to leeward of Port Jackson bore away for Botany Bay.

Friday.12. The Supply arrived at Port Jackson, she left a Party on Lord Howe Island in her passage to Norfolk Island for the purpose of getting Turtle, she took the People off in her return, they did not get any Turtle.

Sunday. 14th: The Sirius was order'd to be got ready for Sea, it being judged that the state of the Colony with respect to Provisions was such, as made it necessary that she should be sent for Supplies to releive it & China was determined as a proper place for that purpose: Some days after this Plan was chang'd & it was judged necessary to divide the People in the Settlement; Norfolk Island was fixed on to remove the Lieut.Governor with his Part of the Battalion & Convicts; it was therefore order'd that the Sirius & Supply should take those People to Norfolk Island & return to Port Jackson after which if there was not a Ship arrived from England, the Sirius was to go to China as before resolved on. The Governor & one of the Mates view facsimile

with 6 People took charge of the look out Post.

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