Collection RS44 - Log of the brig "Jupiter"

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Log of the brig "Jupiter"


  • 1816-1817 (Creation)

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1 volume, 27cm x 36 cm x 1 cm., paper covered, 88 pp

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Joshua Fergusson born 1790 in Ballymoyer, County Armagh, Ireland and died 16 Dec 1867 at Tinder Box Bay, Tasmania. He is credited with naming the bay after finding a tinderbox on the beach soon after he settled there in 1817. He was a merchant captain who arrived in Van Diemen's Land in 1815 and made a number of trading voyages. He became the owner of the brig Jupiter and obtained substantial land grants around southern Tasmania. He died in 1867 at his farm at Tinderbox where he grew tobacco.

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Log kept by Captain Joshua Fergusson of the brig "Jupiter" on his voyage from Calcutta to van Diemen's Land 14 September 1816 to 9 December 1816 and from Van Diemen's Land to Port Jackson and return January to March 1817.
The volume is a standard ship's log, recording course, winds, latitude and other nautical observations. On the first page is 'A list of the Brig Jupiter's crew' including 'Joshua Fergusson, Captain, English' and' George Fergusson, 1st officer, English' and twenty Indian seamen. On the last page is a note (written twice) 'Joshua Fergusson, Tinder Box Bay 2 December 1862'

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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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Maritime Museum of Tasmania- Lantern slide of Joshua Fergusson :

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Notes on early Hobart by Joshua Fergusson of Tinderbox Bay - Tasmanian Archives

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