Notes on the Diary of the Reverend Robert Knopwood, 1805-1808.
Lord, Clive Errol (1927) Notes on the Diary of the Reverend Robert Knopwood, 1805-1808. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania . pp. 78-154. ISSN 0080-4703
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The diaries of the Reverend Robert Knopwood constitute
a valuable section of the historical accounts of the early days
of Tasmanian history. The events recorded by the first chaplain
are largely of a personal nature, yet there are many
entries which throw additional light upon the history of the
years which followed the foundation of the settlement.
Robert Knopwood was born at Norfolk, England, on the
2nd June, 1761. He inherited considerable wealth, but
squandered his fortune in his youth. He took Holy Orders,
and was domestic chaplain to Earl Spencer for some years.
In 1802 he was chaplain of the Resolution, and on the 14th
January, 1803, was appointed Chaplain to Collins's expedition.
Knopwood was also appointed magistrate at the Derwent
settlement, and Collins looked upon him as one of his valued
civil officers; but after Collins's death, Governor Macquarie
was rather critical of Knopwood's unconventional methods.
In 1823 Knopwood retired from Hobart to his property at
Clarence Plains, and he died on the 18th September, 1838, at
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