The View From Mount Clarence

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

Category: Early Albany Settlers

  • 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…

  • Extended Interlude

    Originally Published 26 July 2014: Above:  Woodburn Homestead and Farm in 1913. The original dwelling is front and centre of the picture. By 1913 Woodburn had been sold to the Moir family. Photograph donated to the Albany History Collection by Gordon Norman. Following on from last week’s post I wanted to look into the circumstances of John Dunn’s…

  • Interlude

    Originally Published 16 July 2014:   I fell for Campbell Taylor’s history for a whole lot of reasons, not least because he was among a select group of sons to first Albany settlers.  These sons will come to occupy slabs of space in future history books relating to settlement along the South Coast, but only…

  • 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…

  • An All-Australian Story

    Originally Published 20 June 2014:     The story behind Albany’s early characters, both European and Indigenous, has as much about it as any great Australian drama. Most readers should now recognise the centrality of the Taylor’s of Candyup to this work. The experience of the Taylor’s tells an inclusive story of Albany, which in…

  • Prelude and Postscript to a Wedding

    Originally Published 4 June 2014:   I thought I’d deviate for a moment and try and pull Patrick’s epic year of 1837 a little more together. That way it’s done properly and I won’t need to come back to it. It’ll be worth it, because this was no ordinary time. Specifically, I want to try…

  • Love and War – Henry Camfield’s View

    Originally Published  28 May 2014: Above: Henry Camfield spent ten years roaming the Swan River, Van Diemen’s Land and New South Wales looking for love. When he found it, it came in the form of an orphan girl, Annie Breeze, but there were to be no children of their own. Painting; The Lovers, by Willliam Powell Frith.   As…

  • The Demise Of The Taylor Fortune: Part 1

    Originally Posted 18 May 2014:   For now, back to the love story of Patrick Taylor and Mary Bussell. We know the two met on the ship James Pattison which arrived in Albany on June 19th, 1834, after eighteen and a half weeks at sea. Of their individual stories we know Mary was the second eldest…

  • 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…