Our guest speaker for the November meeting on Saturday 28th is Chris Maxworthy, who has been, for over three decades, actively engaged in Australian colonial history. He will talk to us about the pirates and privateers in Sydney between 1797 and 1808, and explain how Australia could have become a Spanish colony.
In 1799, the first Spanish ship – which had been captured by (Australian) whalers as a prize – sailed through the heads carrying pirated loot for the struggling colony, which included a surprisingly useful cargo of flour, sugar and rum. Chris will tell us how the Spanish had planned an armada of 100 gunboats to capture Sydney using cannons loaded with hot shot that could have razed the new settlement at Sydney Cove.
Spain’s plan was to expel the British and regain its 200 year long dominance of the Pacific Ocean. It feared Sydney would be used to launch a naval assault – comprising troops and thousands of convicts – against its colonies in South America.
Chris Maxworthy is an engineering officer in the Royal Australian Navy, and a Churchill Fellow, a graduate of the RAN College at Jervis Bay and the Universities of NSW and Macquarie.
Arms of Australia Inn Museum
Welcome to the Arms of Australia Inn Museum in the Penrith Valley at Emu Plains, NSW, Australia. The inn is administered by the Nepean District Historical Society (NDHS), and is situated at the gateway to the Blue Mountains National Park.
The inn was once a staging post for travellers making the trip from Sydney over the Blue Mountains to Bathurst and the goldfields. Built it two sections, the first in 1826, it is one of the oldest buildings in Penrith, if not the oldest.
Due to its colourful history, the inn provides an interesting venue for local activities, tour groups, special events, school tours and exhibitions. The museum contains artefacts that were either used or manufactured in the local area and thousands of photos.
The Nepean District Historical Society meets at the Inn on the 4th Saturday of each month at 1pm and includes a guest speaker. Visitors are welcome.
The NSW Corps of Marines also call the Arms of Australia Inn Museum home, their members recreate the lives and times of the First Fleet Marines, sailors, convicts, gentlemen of quality and their ladies.