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NELSON'S NEPHEW TO NEW SOUTH WALES

MATCHAM, Charles Horatio Nelson. [A manuscript diary of a voyage to Australia].

[s.i.]. [s.n.], [1828-29]
8vo. Manuscript of paper. [74]pp. Contemporary roan, later rebacked. Boards heavily rubbed. Internally clean and crisp.
An autograph diary of nephew of Lord Horatio Nelson, Charles Horatio Nelson Matcham's (1806-1844), voyage to Australia.

The diary commences on 23rd August, 1828 with Matcham departing Plymouth sound. The entries for each day are succinct, primarily providing details of weather conditions and their progress. By the 1st December they had reached the western cape of South Africa, where they went ashore: 'We entered Simons Town, which we had seen at a considerable distance...along to the shore, Simons Town I thought, resembled from its haggard & shagling appearance a French or Italian village'.
On the 15th January, they approached Tasmania: 'At four oclock Kings Island rose in sight a long range of white rocks this is the entrance to Bass's Straights the course laying between the Island and the main land.'

The diary concludes four days later on Monday 19th with Matcham still at sea; presumably this was the day prior to his arrival at New South Wales.

In 1831, Matcham took up a grant of 2560 acres, with £2000, at Erina, Brisbane Waters (now a suburb that bears his name). In 1834 he was granted a further 2500 acres at William's River. He was for a time a partner in the Bank of Australia. He sold his interests in 1837 to head southwest to rural New South Wales. He died on 11th March 1844, in Gundaroo, aged thirty-seven.
£ 2,500.00 Antiquates Ref: 29310