The Assassination Of Captain Patrick Logan, Commander Of Moreton Bay Penal Colony [Letter By Alexander McLeay, Colonial Secretary]
The Assassination Of Captain Patrick Logan, Commander Of Moreton Bay Penal Colony [Letter By Alexander McLeay, Colonial Secretary]
The Assassination Of Captain Patrick Logan, Commander Of Moreton Bay Penal Colony [Letter By Alexander McLeay, Colonial Secretary]
The Assassination Of Captain Patrick Logan, Commander Of Moreton Bay Penal Colony [Letter By Alexander McLeay, Colonial Secretary]
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The Assassination Of Captain Patrick Logan, Commander Of Moreton Bay Penal Colony [Letter By Alexander McLeay, Colonial Secretary]

1830. Four-page manuscript in ink, dated “17th Nov. 1830” and signed “Alex. McLeay”, 33.1 x 20.6cm. Minor tears to old folds, slight discolouration.

This government order, written by Alexander McLeay aka Macleay (1767–1848), Colonial Secretary of NSW, concerns the death of Captain Patrick Logan (1791–1830) “who was murdered by the natives.” The order was published in The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, 18.11.1830, p2, along with Captain James Clunie’s description of the events. Captain Logan was the commandant of the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement (Brisbane), Queensland, from 1826 until his death, and was “known as a strict commandant of the penal colony to the point of cruelty”, contrary to McLeay’s character reference in this government order.

Alexander McLeay was granted land at Elizabeth Bay by Governor Ralph Darling, where he “constructed Elizabeth Bay House and laid out an extensive botanic garden… His extensive entomological collections formed the basis of the Macleay Museum at the University of Sydney.” Ref: ADB; Wiki.

A full transcript of the manuscript is available on request.

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