The View From Mount Clarence

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

  • A short history of Aboriginal relations along the South Coast through the story of the Albany Aborigine Norngern and his King George Town contemporaries

    Tommy King was Norngern, and Norn was Wandinyilmernong.   This is a modified version of a piece submitted to Vol. 33 of  the academic journal Studies in Western Australian History during 2019. The edition, called ‘Albany: an antipodean Arcadia‘ edited by Malcom Traille and Harry Freemantle, carries a range of works from writers in some…

  • Whalemen, Jumpships and Albany’s Old Waterfront Precinct

    An important off-cut from the Newhill/Newell project – 2019/20   Above: Albany’s waterfront precinct  cut from Albany 30A, King George’s Sound as marked by Philip Chauncy, Assistant Surveyor, 1851. Source: State Records Office of W.A.     AS we have seen from our investigations into 1830s and 1840s Albany, behind the imaginary fascia of the…

  • Jimmy’s Harbour – Part 3: Summary & Conclusion

    It was Newell, then became Newhill.   The argument was opened by the mid-20th Century Albany historian Robert Stephens who, while establishing his accountancy business during 1935, spotted something in the early settlement papers he was perusing and decided rather than Jimmy Newhill, an old German working-class Catholic whose aging wife was still living out…

  • Jimmy’s Harbour – Newhill or Newell? Part 2

    Continued from Part 1   Whalemen, rebellion and Albany’s original newspaper; Jimmy (Ned) Newhill and 1880’s Albany   Above: Edward August Newhill, known among his friends and family as Jimmy, was granted title to the harbour after camping, fishing and hiding deserting whalemen there during the 1880s, but Newhill also led one of the single…

  • Jimmy’s Harbour – Newell or Newhill? Part 1

    An un-won argument and the Newell family of early Albany   Above: Stockphoto of “Jimmy Newhill’s Harbour” drawn from the West Australian Government website Beachsafe.Org.Au  The photo is one of very few taken oceanside, looking northward into the mouth of the locally famous cove.   Introduction   As the settlement at King George Sound begins…

  • Apical Argument – Part 1

    MARCH 2023 UPDATE: 6PR Radio talks Lake Monger name change with Glenda Kickett of UWA Indigenous Elders are calling for Lake Monger to be renamed Galup due to the colonial history associated with the current name. Whadjuk Noongar Elder and senior lecturer at UWA Glenda Kickett told Oliver Peterson on Perth Live there needs to be more…

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