The View From Mount Clarence

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

Category: 19th Century Whaling

  • 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 – 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…

  • Campbell Taylor and the Cape Arid Connection – Part 1

    Originally Published 01 March 2015: East Along The Coast   Above: Cape Arid featuring Middle Island and the eastwards view toward Point Malcolm. This is the place where Aboriginal and Settler historical records along the South Coast began and where the story of one particular pioneer, Campbell Taylor, stands out. Photo courtesy Dirk Veltcamp, Panoramio 2008 There…

  • George Cheyne and The South Coast Fishery

    Originally Published  30 April 2014: Above: The Battle of Vinegar Hill, Co Wexford, Ireland, 1798. George Cheyne wasn’t there, but his brother John was. “Charge of the 5th Dragoon Guards on the insurgents – a recreant yeoman having deserted to them in uniform is being cut down” (William Sadler II)   The Cheynes were mostly medical…