Sydney Town Port Jackson Australia

20th December 1816

On this day, 20th December 1816, Allan Cunningham arrived in Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was an Australian summer’s day and he disembarked from the “Surry” at the dock in Sydney Town, “after a pleasant voyage of ninety-five days sailing”. The “Surry” was under the command of Thomas Raine and its Surgeon was John. F. Bayley. Mr Cunningham must have been very excited and apprehensive all at the same time. He would remain in the colony until 1831. ((Source: Robert Heward’s Biographical Sketch of Allan Cunningham))