Collection RS90 - Belbin Papers

Index to RS90 Belbin pocket book Copy of victualling order Draft letter September 1840 Copy of testimonials Transcription of extracts from the pocket book

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Belbin Papers


  • 1808-1843 (Creation)

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James Belbin was transported to N.S.W. in 1791, after conviction at the Old Bailey, London, in 1789. Later he settled on Norfolk Island and received a grant of land. In 1808 Belbin and his children, with the other Norfolk Islanders, were resettled in Tasmania, receiving supplies from the Government Stores. He was twice arrested for remaining loyal to Governor William Bligh, deposed by officers of the New South Wales Corps; and for attempting to send an address to him in spite of Lt.Gov. Col. Patterson's proclamation prohibiting communication with
Bligh in 1809. In 1811 Belbin went to London to petition for restoration of his rights as a Norfolk Island settler and was granted a free passage back in 1813, land at Cambridge and Government victuals for eighteen months for himself, son James and his new second wife

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Presented to the Royal Society of Tasmania by L.B. Rogers,1953

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Small memorandum book in leather pocket book with enclosed documents.

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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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RST P&P article - Downing, Charles Toogood 1859 , '0n Norfolk Island, its character and productions.' ,
Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, vol. 3, no. 2 , pp. 195-212 .

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HE May2020




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