Today marks 200 years since the convicts from the Earl Spencer were finally landed at Sydney Cove. The ship had arrived on the 9 October and five days later the men were mustered in the presence of Governor Lachlan Macquarie prior to their distribution. The Sydney Gazette reported that they were:
...a healthy set of men, and appeared thoroughly sensible of the kind treatment they experienced from Captain Mitchell and his Officers during the passage.
With other skilled tradesmen from the ship, James Gough was selected to be employed at the Sydney Lumberyard, located on the corner of George and Bridge Streets. After only three months there he was appointed the Overseer of Carpenters on 22 January 1814.
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Next month, the book James Gough, a very industrious man, will be published and available to purchase. Please contact me to be added to the list to receive notification and full details.