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An Account of a Voyage to establish a colony at Port Philip in Bass's Strait, on the South Coast of New South Wales, in His Majesty's Ship Calcutta, in the years 1802–3–4.
London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme; and J. C. Mottley, Portsmouth, 1805 - Octavo (204 x 123 mm). Bound by Bayntun in tan half calf, pale orange cloth, raised bands to spine, dark brown morocco label, sailing ship tools to compartments gilt, top edge gilt, others trimmed, marbled endpapers. Cloth boards slightly mottled with a few small dark spots, offsetting from turn-ins to endpapers, mild browning to text block edges. Otherwise an excellent copy. Bound with half-title, with adverts on last leaf verso. First edition. The only known contemporary publication describing the failed attempt at establishing a settlement at Port Phillip under the command of Lieutenant-Governor David Collins. James Hingston Tuckey (1776–1816) was an Irish naval officer appointed first lieutenant of HMS Calcutta in 1803. Together with the storeship Ocean, the Calcutta set out for Australia with free settlers and about 300 convicts. The settlers remained in the area of Port Phillip Bay for about half a year before the settlement had to be abandoned due to hostility from the Aborgines, lack of water, swampy land, and difficulties of navigation. During these months, Tuckey was nonetheless able to survey the harbour of Port Phillip, as well as carefully examining the surrounding coast and countryside. While part of the expedition continued onwards to Hobart, Tuckey decided to return to England via Sydney, arriving in London in the autumn of 1804. The failure of this expedition meant that Port Phillip remained unsettled for more than twenty years, being used only occasionally as a harbour by the whalers and sealers of Bass Strait. Ferguson 418; Hill 1723; Howgego II T22
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