The View From Mount Clarence

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

Author: ciaran

  • 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…

  • 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…