The View From Mount Clarence

A look back at settlement along Western Australia's South Coast

  • Black Anderson: A Story of the South Coast – Part 2b

    A 2022/3 Revision of one of the South Coast’s most disreputable historical characters Anderson and the ‘second wave’ at the South Coast  1833-1835 Part 2 (a,b&c) of this challenging post is dedicated to John Robertson and the publication of Sealed Souls, his insightful and highly informative compendium of narrative chapters and exhaustive supporting glossaries which tell…

  • Black Anderson: A Story of the South Coast – Part 2a

    A 2022/3 Revision of one of the South Coast’s most disreputable historical characters Earliest Maritime Albany  1831-1834   Above: King George Sound has always held a majestic vista. Ship’s captains were able to glean fair impression of the places they were due to visit from the charts they worked, and King George Sound promised much,…

  • WA’s first governor James Stirling had links to slavery, as well as directing a massacre. Should he be honoured?

    In our search for the identity of Black Anderson we are looking closely at the emigration ship James Pattison and its passenger list. The ship was chartered by Sir James Stirling and the Mangles family, both of whom had profited from slave related activities. It also carried the Albany settler Patrick Taylor Esq, whose father…

  • John Bailey Pavey (1797-1882) by Campbell (Jock) Beer

    John Bailey Pavey, also known as John/Jack Williams, John Andrews and John Williams Andrews was a mariner, sealer, whaler and Plantagenet pioneer. A key figure of Albany’s original criminal fringe he was a man of considerable, and dangerous, prowess. Pavey resided at or near Albany between 1834 and his death in 1882.   With Thanks…

  • White Man Goes To Cocanarup

    I stood there as that White Man. As part of the colonial influx which created and then sustained the aftermath of that particular story.     Above: Under a matching sky, looking southwest across the Phillips River scrub plain toward the homestead at Cocanarup. This is the primary site of the South Coast’s late -1800’s…

  • Black Anderson: A Story of the South Coast – Part 1

    A 2022/23 revision of one of the South Coast’s most disreputable historical characters   Introduction, Contemporary Assessment and Historiography   Above: The identity of ‘John William ‘Black Jack’ Anderson and the story of his arrival along Western Australia’s South Coast is slowly being pieced together. Long a figure of intrigue and mystery, Anderson was perhaps…

Ciaran Lynch – Independent writer and researcher interested in racial integration along Western Australia’s South Coast