The View From Mount Clarence

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

Category: Noongar Literature

  • White Man Goes To Cocanarup

    I stood there as that White Man. As part of the colonial influx which created and then sustained the aftermath of that particular story.     Above: Under a matching sky, looking southwest across the Phillips River scrub plain toward the homestead at Cocanarup. This is the primary site of the South Coast’s late -1800’s…

  • The Garrison Years (and shortly after)

    Originally published 12 April 2014: The fourth story in the OUTDONE collection, When Patrick Taylor Met Charles Darwin, is set in March, 1836, nine full years after the Amity‚Äôs arrival. By this time the New South Wales colonial outpost Major Lockyer had called Frederickstown had been usurped by the newly formed Swan River Colony, a…

  • Disclaimer: I am not Aboriginal, I cannot pretend to be.

    Originally Published 8 April 2014: The motivation for my writing came from a late realisation I had spent time with an Aboriginal friend when I was a kid but that all along I never knew anything about him. Many years after that friendship fell away, the realisation prompted me in a quite sudden and wrenching…