16th October 1819
On this day, 16th October 1819, Allan Cunningham is at sea heading toward Timor while accompanying Phillip Parker King on his second circumnavigation to survey coastal Australia onboard HMS Mermaid.
Robert Heward wrote:
On the 16th October, they sailed once more, with the intention of again visiting Timor, which island, after some delays from the wind and current being against them, they reached on the 1st of November. They completed their necessary supplies by the 9th, on which day they sailed for Port Jackson. ((Source: :Robert Heward’s Biographical Sketch of Allan Cunningham Page 251))ROBERT HEWARD’S BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF ALLAN CUNNINGHAM, PAGE 251