10th May 2021

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73rd Regiment of Foot

The coatee below is described as from c.1815.  This regiment took over from the notorious Rum Corps (NSW Regiment) in 1810, and served in Tasmania and NSW until 1814.

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, 2nd July 1809. The NSW Corps was not to be renamed the 102nd until it was sent home.

Major-General Lachlan Macquarie arrived in 1810 after the New South Wales Corps had deposed Governor Bligh in Australia’s only military coup. Bligh had been kept under house arrest since the coup in January 1808 until he was shipped back, supposedly to England, a year later. However, he sailed to Van Diemen’s Land and tried to gain support, spending another year moored aboard his ship in the mouth of the River Derwent. He finally sailed back to Sydney in January 1810 then on to England, not arriving until October 1810. The news of his detour to Tasmania had obviously not reached Britain.

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, 31st December 1809 page 1.

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