#OnThisDay 22 November 1805 a violent storm displaced the head and sails of the first Government windmill on Observatory Hill at Millers Point, Sydney. Governor Hunter had brought out with him the working parts for a public windmill in September 1795 and John Davis, an Irish convict, constructed the windmill. For many years there were a number of windmills around this area and it became known as Windmill Hill.
Behind the Scenes
In this episode Martyn highlights one of the most valuable and iconic parts of the State Archives collection: the Colonial Secretary's Correspondence. If you're researching someone who was a convict, free immigrant, someone who was naturalised, sent to gaol, or admitted to an asylum you may find references to them in these records.