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March 1789

                                                               
Week Days  Mo Days  Winds  Landing & Surf  Observation &c  Transactions on Norfolk Island state of Wr &c 
Sunday  1st  Do  Sea & Surf decreasg  Fresh Gales & very Cloudy Wr did not perform divine Service the Commandants house being full of Flour. The Swamp is still much overflowed. 
Monday  2nd  Do  Very good Landing.  One Female Child born— At 4 PM the Supply weighed & stood off & on for the night lighted a Fire—  Moderate Breezes in the Eveng Fresh Gales at day light perceived His Majesties Armed Tender Supply standing in to the Roads. Made the Alarm, & kept the Marines & Militia under Arms. Sent the Coble with Mr. Dunavon onbd the Supply, when he got onboard dismissed the Marines &c. In the Course of the day got most part of the Convicts provisions & Stores from onboard the Supply. 
Tuesday  3rd  ENE  An increasing Surf  Reced one ½ barrell of Gunpowder— 4 prs of Pistols. Pistol Flints Musquet Flints  Moderate Breezes & Pleasant Wr At Daylight received onshore one turn of Provisions An increasing Surf coming on did not receive any more for the day. 6 Men at Task work Sawyers sawing for Port Jackson 
Wednesy  4th  NE  Very good Landing  Do & Very pleasant Weather, received all the people & provisions, as also ye two three Pounders. People all employed as before— 
Thursday  5th  East  good Landing did not make the Signal—  Fresh Breezes & Cloudy Wr. The landing to day is good, but not advisable The Supply anchored in the Road at 10 in the morng & at 2 P.M. Weighed & stood off & on People all employed as before— 
Friday  6th  Do  A bad Surf  Modt Breezes & pleasant Wr The Supply standing off & on & her boats Sweeping for her anchor People all empd at Task Work & bringing in Wood &c for erecting the houses for those who came last 
Saturday  Do  No Surf  Do & very pleasant Weather In the Morning sent the Coble off to the Supply & reced onshore all the ordnance Stores belonging to the two, two pounders & one half barrell of Gun powder. People employed working for themselves. 
Sunday  ESE  Bad Landing.  Fresh breezes & Cloudy. The Supply standing off & on all day, at 10 A.M. The Surgeon examined all the people who came by the Supply, at 11 performed Divine Service— 
Monday  9th  East  Very good Landing.  Do Wr 12 Men Employed at Task work, those who Came last employed building their houses The Supply sweeping for her anchor I went off & dined onboard her. 
Tuesday  10th  ENE  Do  Modr breezes & Cloudy. People employed as before sent a quantity of Plank onboard the Supply At 4 In the Afternoon His Majesties Armed Tender the Supply sailed hence for Port Jackson— 
Wednesy  11th  East  good Landing  Fresh breezes People all employed as before & Clearing away about the houses. 1 Man ss. 
Thursday  12th  SE  An increasing Surf  Do Wr & dark & Cloudy. Wind increasing, People employed variously this being a broken week 1 Man ss. 
Friday  13th  ESE  A great Surf  Fresh Gales & dark Cloudy Weather, with a few showers of Small rain, People employed building their houses & one Sawpitt at Task Work Almost all the People who came last, are got into very comfortable Houses. 2 Men ss 
Saturday  14th  East  A very great Surf  Fresh Gales & dark Cloudy Wr The People who arrived here by the Supply are completely housed & under Cover. The People Employed working for themselves The Marines & Militia fired 9 rounds of Powder—2 Men ss— 
Sunday  15th  ENE  The Surf decreasg  Moderate Breezes & pleasant Weather. at 11 A.M. Performed divine Service 1 Man sick & one Man Lame. 
Monday  16th  Do  An Increasing Surf.  Fresh Breezes & Cloudy, Squally Weather. 24 Men at Task work in the Vale, clearing away 4 Acres of Ground Sawyers at Task work 2 Marines Lame, & one Convict Sick. 
Tuesday  17th  NE  A Bad Surf  Very Strong Gales of Wind & dark Cloudy Weather with some Showers of Rain. The People all employed as Yesterday 2 Marines Lame, & one Convict, Sick 
Wednesy  18th  Do  Good Landing but a great Sea without  Do Wr at 8 A.M. sent the Coble without the Reef to fish, she returned immediately there being too great a noteSea, & it blowing hard. People all employed as before—2 Marines Lamed, & one Man Sick 
Thursday  19th  NE  Very good Landing but a great Sea without  Fresh Gales & Squalley, 30 Men at Task Work clearing away Ground &c the Water Course in Arthurs Vale—at 8 in the Morning sent the Coble without the Reef to fish, at nine She returned not being able to ride at her Killock, 2 Marines Lame— 
Friday  20th  Do  Do  Do Wr with some Showers of hard Rain.—The People all employed as before—2 Marines Lame 
Saturday  21st  ENE  Do  Do Wr with some Gusts of Wind—People employed Working for themselves 2 Marines Lame— 
Sunday  22nd  Do  Do  Do Wr with some heavy Showers of Rain during the night, at 7 A.M. confined Thomas Watson, Convict, for having stolen 3 lbs of flour from Wm Mariner Convict—at 11 A.M. performed Divine Service 2 Marines & 3 Convicts Lamed— 
Monday  23rd  SE  Do  2 Marines Lame & one Sick—  Do Wr with Rain as before, 30 Men at Task Work clearing away Ground in the Vale Sawyers Sawing Boards for Roofing the Surgeon & Midshipmans houses. At 7 A.M. assembled every person, the Marines & Free people under arms & examined Witnesses on oath respecting The Theft committed by Thomas Watson finding him, guilty. he was continued in Confinement to be sent to Port Jackson there to be tryed 
Tuesday  24th  SE  Very good Landing.  Strong Breezes & Cloudy Weather, at daylight sent the Coble without the Reef to fish at Noon she returned with 20, issued them out to a part of the Officers &c in Lieu of one lb of Salt beef deducted from each Mans allce for 3 lbs of Fish—People all employed as before 2 Marines Lame & one Sick 1 Convict Sick— 
Wednesday  25th  SW  Not the least Surf  Moderate Breezes & Very Pleasant Serene Wr People all employed as before, at 6 AM. sent the Coble without the Reef to fish, at Noon she returned with 60 fish, issued them to the people to compleat Yesterdays Serving at ye Rate of 3 lb of Fish for 1 lb of Salt Beef, at 3 PM punished James Davis Convict with two Dozen Lashes for Throwing the Fish away Contemptuously 1 Marine Lame & one Convict invalided— 
Thursday  26th  NE  Do  Little Wind & dark Cloudy Wr with servl Showers of Rain People all employed as before at daylight Sent the Coble without the Reef to fish at noon she returned with 60 issued them to ye People 3 lb of fish in lieu of ½ a lb of Pork— 
Friday  27th  NE East EbS  Very good Landing  Moderate Breezes with dark Gloomy Wr People all employed as before, 3 Winnowing the Seed Wheat which is much injured by the Weevil— 1 Marine Lame & 2 Convicts Sick. 
Saturday  28th  Varible  Do  Do Breezes & very pleasant hot Weather, The People employed Working at their Gardens &c. some Employed getting the Weevils out of the Seed Wheat. 1 Marine Lame 
Sunday  29th  So  Do  Do Wr Sent the Coble out to fish at noon she returned with 40 fish Served almost the whole with 9 lb of fish each man for 1 lb of Beef 1 Marine & 2 Convicts Lame 
Monday  30  SW  An increasing Surf  Carpenters began framing a Storehouse of 24 feet Long by Sixteen wide 1 Marine & Convict Blacksmith making Fish Hooks, inside bars for doors, Handle for mounting another Grindstone  Fresh Gales with some passing showers of rain. People all employed at Task Work Died one of Governments Sows, on opening her found she had been Stabbed which had caused an inflammation of the Intestines This amongst a number of other acts of atrocity distinguish the Convicts here as an act of hardened Miscreants 
Tuesday  31st  NE  Bad Landing & Swell in the Offing  I was this day told that one of the Convicts had found out the bark of a tree fit for making lines or Rope, on examing it I found it (as far as I can at present Judge) very proper for the purpose of making Lines Ropes or Cloths. It in many respects answer the descrip given of the Chinese Mulbery paper, by Capt Cooke of which the Inhabitants of Otaheite make their Cloths—On Trial we find that this bark will answer every temporary purpose of tying, but as it very soon rots when Exposed to the Weather it will not answer to be worked—  Fresh Gales & dark Cloudy Weather with an Appearance of Rain The people all Employed as before. The Sugar cane which was planted soon after I landed, being in a very bad place & much exposed to blighting winds, I this day shifted it into the Vale, & found there was a produce of 106 Canes from four Canes planted out—Gathered the remainder of the Indian Corn which was much damaged by the Hurricane 1 Man ss & 1 Lame—1 Marine & Convict Blacksmith as before 

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