Item 1 - First discovery of Port Davey and Macquarie Harbour by James Kelly

Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , 1920  pp. 160-181
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First discovery of Port Davey and Macquarie Harbour by James Kelly


  • 1834-1844 (Creation)

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James Kelly (1791-1859), sealer, pilot and harbourmaster was born on 24 December 1791 at Parramatta, N.S.W. He went to sea in 1807 and made several sealing voyages to the Bass Straits and New Zealand. In 1814 he was appointed master of the schooner "Henrietta" owned by T.W. Birch (1774-1821), a whaler and merchant of Hobart, and later commanded Birch's brig "Sophia". In 1818 he was engaged in searching the East Coast for escaped convicts and in 1821 in transporting convicts to Macquarie Harbour in the "Sophia". He was Harbour Master of Hobart from 1819-1829. He also engaged in whaling and sealing, had a small farm on Bruny Island and property in Battery Point, Hobart. He married Elizabeth Griffiths in 1812 and had ten children.
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Hand written manuscript - "Discovery of Port Davey and Macquarie Harbour" and voyage round Tasmania by James Kelly in 1815-1816. N.D. Narrative written and signed by James Kelly entitled "First discovery of Port Davey and Macquarie Harbour by James Kelly".The manuscript is undated but it was written some years after the events described, certainly after 1821, but probably this version was written for publication in the Hobart Town Courier in 1854.

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

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Kelly, James 1920 , 'First discovery of Port Davey and Macquarie Harbour' , Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 160-181 .

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Pretyman, ER 1971 , 'Some notes on the life and times of Captain James Kelly' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, vol. 105 , pp. 105-112 .

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The circumnavigations of Van Diemen's Land in 1815 by James Kelly and in 1824 by James Hobbs / edited from their own accounts by James Calder in 1881. Sullivan's Cove | 1984
Available at Morris Miller-Rare-Book (DU 187 .K4 1984)

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