Mr Cunningham disembarks at Newcastle

15th April 1827

On the 15th April 1827 Allan Cunningham disembarked at Newcastle, north of Sydney, from the “Lord Liverpool”, captained by Alexander Livingstone. He was on his way to meet the members of his exploration party in Singleton. Mr Cunningham brought with him the equipment and provisions for his fourteen week northward exploratory journey where he would eventually discover the Darling Downs in Queensland. At Newcastle he loaded his supplies on to the Port Stephens boat in readiness for sailing up river. The Port Stephens boat was one of three boats used for carrying settlers and their supplies up the Hunter River at the time and was capable of carrying four tons of goods. Cunningham shared the vessel with others who were travelling north. ((Source: Free Settler or Felon ))