The View From Mount Clarence

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

Category: Ngurabirding Series

  • 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…

  • In Search of Ngurabirding-Part 4 (a)

    John McKail and George Cheyne: From the Swan River to The Ship Inn, Cape Riche and Eticup     In the continuing search for Ngurabirding we complete the background to John Maher’s 1854 arrival at Albany with a look at the activities, enterprises and connections of the disputatious pair John McKail and George Cheyne. These two figures headed-up influential…

  • 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…

  • In Search of Ngurabirding – Part 2

    The Hay River Brigade   Before we go on with the story of John Maher after the issuing of his Ticket-of-Leave, it’s important to look into what had already taken place at Albany relative to his arrival. This applies to the earliest period of free settlement and the story of the Spencer family, in particular, who…

  • In Search of Ngurabirding – Part 1

      Resolving the identity of a man known as John Jack Maher helps tell the story of early European/Aboriginal integration inland from Albany. By following the threads we learn how Albany’s pioneer pastoralists merged with those from York in and around what later became the railway town of Katanning; most notably at a place called…