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Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on September 14, 2019 at 11:44

....... I now learn that after ordering the sale of the vessel which seems to have realized as much as she was really worth Mr Davis went in the mail steamer to Surabaya for the purpose of engaging a vessel to take supplies to Adam Bay to relieve the settlement there from privations which he knew were threatening serious results It appears that be did not succeed in his mission Mr Graham and the crew of the Yalala left Koepang also having O as I understand been paid off out of the funds in Mr Davis's possession arising partly from the sale of the vessel but chiefly from the proceeds of the bills which I gave him and which were cashed by the Dutch Government there being no private houses of business where such transactions can be entertained We arc therefore indebted to Mr Coorengel for his liberal assistance in this respect as well as in others Mr Davis left behind him perishable stores which o had purchased and collected whilst the Yalala was under repair I enclose a list marked A Mr Graham also left the stores of the Yalala partly with the Government partly in charge of a merchant named Drysdale and partly on the beach I append a list of these stores marked B. Mr Wadham was left by Mr Davis to take charge of the purchases which he had made with orders to await his return. Mr Vadham finding Mr Davis did not make arrangements for his return also left after a time. He had however his bill to pay for which he left n note of hand and was then furnished by Mr Drysdale with fund Mr Drysdale has partly reimbursed himself this advance by tho sale of some of the stores and I have closed Mr Wadham's account a copy of which duly receipted I now forward I have made a selection from the stores belonging to the North Territory which would be useful and could be conveniently carried on board the Beatrice and have given directions for their removal to Adam Bay .Such were damaged or perishable or useless or could not be conveniently stowed I have sold by auction at Koepang and the whole of the transactions connected with the Yalala at Timor may now be said to be closed I hope in the steps which I have taken especially in settling Mr Wadham's account which has been incurred bond _ ode for the public service and was strictly economical in the charges that I shall have acted with the approval of the Government ......

...Mr. Coorengel , who I believe has considerable influence with the Governor General of Batavia is truly favorable to the idea of direct postal extension and will I have no doubt exert that influence to procure the transit of the mails between Timor and Adam Bay by means of a Dutch gun boat or steamer in the employ of that Government Already he has the services of one and of Several vessels to make his visits of inspection to the different settlements and islands under the jurisdiction of the Local Government of Timor think that negotiations mi ht be successfully undertaken by the Government of South Australia to bring about the desirable object of money connection with the Indian mail steamers by the payment of a subsidy for the use of the steamer from Koepang It is probable that a smaller subsidy won d satisfy the Dutch Government than any private company would demand since the Dutch have facilities for manning and coaling such vessels They have a coal depot already at Koepang.......

Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?


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