The View From Mount Clarence

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

Author: ciaran

  • 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 to round on…

  • 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…

  • Mokare’s Mob – Summary and Conclusions

    As with every aspect of The View From Mount Clarence‘s look into the inclusive history of Albany and the South Coast, exploring the life and times of Mokare and his fellow Menang Aborigines has been nothing short of compelling. This is because most non-indigenous people, myself included, have little knowledge of -and do not properly…

  • Mokare’s Mob – Part 4b

    Collie after Mokare (Continued from Part 4A)   Cultural impasse aside, it’s important to stay close to our intended purpose of trying to determine the ultimate role played by Mokare in leading the Albany Aborigines into non-violent intercourse with the incoming European presence. The question is not whether Mokare and the succession of incomer leaders…

  • Mokare’s Mob – Part 4a

    Mokare and Dr Alexander Collie (1793-1835)   And so to Dr Collie himself, Albany’s original ailing academic. Doctor, botanist and casual explorer, by the early 1830s Collie had become a reknown natural history collector as well. His naval experience aboard HMS Blossom cruising the coasts of the Americas, including the Pacific Islands and far north,…

  • Sound As A Bell

    ‘The Sound’ by Sarah Drummond (a book review) Albany writer Sarah Drummond’s first novel, The Sound, stares into and stirs the dark waters of the town’s immediate pre-history, resolving to tell a harsh and uncomfortable truth. Her subject is the Breaksea Island sealing gangs, the 19th Century story of a girl and another young Aboriginal…

  • Mokare’s Mob – Part 3

     Mokare and Captain Collet Barker Our impression of life with the Aborigines at the garrison prior to the arrival of Captain Collet Barker can be compared to Scott Nind’s watercolours. From them we get a sense of place and time, but the landscapes Nind painted are unpeopled and vacant. In contrast, from the opening entry…

  • Mokare’s Mob – Part 2

      Mokare- His character and influence    Above: Louis de-Sainson’s  Albany Aborigines sketched in October 1826, coloured and printed 1833. The images are of Mokare (bottom right); Patyet, thought to be Nakinah (bottom left); and young brother Yallapoli with the brothers’ father, also named Patyet (middle). The two men at the top are unidentified but…

  • Mokare’s Mob – Part 1

    Mokare: 1800 – 1831 Not since the time of Mokare has there been more future driven anxiety facing the South Coast’s Indigenous. As final deliberation on the Single Noongar Claim looms, Western Australia’s South-Western Aborigines face acceptance of the decades long Native Title case against the Government of Australia, an issue as much rooted in the story of Mokare…

  • In Search of Ngurabirding-Part 4(b)

    This post is continued from Part 4 (a) previous: John McKail and George Cheyne: Town, Sea or Land?   Above: John McKail arrived at Albany immediately prior to the 19th Century’s great off-shore whaling boom (1836-1842), a phenomena which should have resulted in much greater migration of moneyed settlers to the area despite world-wide economic…