Our Chapel

Our Chapel was built in 1788

in the same year as our chapel was built, ​the following was happening around the world

British Monarch – George III
British Prime Minister – William Pitt the Younger (Tory)

1st January – First edition of The Times published under this title (previously The Daily Universal Register).

18th January – Captain Arthur Phillip’s ship arrives at Botany Bay.

7th February – Sydney was named and founded by the British Colony of New South Wales

July 13th – A hailstorm sweeps across France and the Dutch Republic with hailstones ‘as big as quart bottles’ that take ‘three days to melt’; immense damage is done.

August 10th – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, in Vienna, completes his final symphony, now called the Symphony No. 41 in C Major, and nicknamed (after his death) The Jupiter.

December 21st – Caroline Herschel discovers the periodic comet 35P/Herschel–Rigollet.

Robert Burns writes his version of the Scots poem Auld Lang Syne.

Dr. Edward Jenner publishes his observation that it is the newly hatched common cuckoo which pushes its host’s eggs and chicks out of the nest.

Gilbert White publishes The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, in the County of Southampton (dated 1789).

Mary Wollstonecraft publishes her novels– Mary: A Fiction and Original Stories from Real Life, with Conversations Calculated to Regulate the Affections, and Form the Mind to Truth and

German philosopher Immanuel Kant publishes his influential Critique of Practical Reason.


22 January – George Byron, 6th Baron Byron, poet
(died 1824)

5 February – Robert Peel, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (died 1850)

February 22 – Arthur Schopenhauer, German
philosopher (d. 1860)


March 29 – Charles Wesley, co-founder of the religious movement now known as Methodism

2 August – Thomas Gainsborough, painter (born 1727)

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