The battle of Trafalgar took place on the 21st of October 1805.
No one in London knew this until late on the 5th or possibly early on the 6th of November when Lapenotiere reported to the secretary of the Admiralty Board Sir, we have gained a great victory. But we have lost Lord Nelson.
So, how soon was the news public knowledge?
Remarkably quickly, it seems. The official government gazette in London published news of the victory on the morning of sixth and by the eighth the Cambrian newspaper in Swansea was reprinting the official announcement
or indeed twenty years later, the roughly three moths it took for news of Victoria's accession to reach Sydney.
Essentially it shows just how isolated Sydney was in the early days of the colony, and both Norfolk Island and Hobart even more so ...