The View From Mount Clarence

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

Category: Captain John Hassell

  • In Search of Ngurabirding – Part 3

    Moorilup   In our search for Ngurabirding we are building  background to the arrival of his father, Ticket-of-leave man John Maher, in the Albany area during 1854. Maher took up work as a farm labourer or shepherd on one of the Spencer sheep runs closer to Mount Barker, north of the main settlement. Last post…

  • Campbell Taylor and the Cape Arid Connection – 3 (a)

    From New Zealand and Bass Strait to Kangaroo Island, Middle Island and King George’s Sound   Above: The business of hunting fur seals boomed in the 1790s, arriving in Australian waters around 1798. At the time seal rookeries were crowded and hundreds of thousands of  the animals were slaughtered in the opening years. Australian sealers…

  • 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…

  • The Supporting Cast

    Originally Published 27 June 2014: Other people who are relevant to these pages during the 1840’s and onwards include the ex naval Lieutenant Peter Belches and the former East India Company men John Laurence Morley and Thomas Lyell Symers. We’re also interested in what Captain John Hassell and his wife Ellen got up to, what developments George Cheyne was able to forge and the…

  • 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…

  • Upriver

    Originally Posted 24 April 2014: Three Things Relative To The Period 1834-1841: Part 2 It’s not a great picture, I know, but the view from Mount Clarence looking north offers a glimpse of two distant ranges. The nearer and smaller of the two (out of view to the left) is the Porongurups; the larger and…