The View From Mount Clarence

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

Tag: Edward John Eyre

  • 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…

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

    Bob Gamble, John Bailey Pavey & Black Jack Anderson   Above: The story of Truganini, perhaps Australia’s best known female Aboriginal ancestor, extends through her sisters and other women like her, via Kangaroo Island, all the way to King George’s Sound. Cartoon image by Chris Grosz, taken from the politics, society and culture magazine The Monthly, May, 2012. While the…

  • Campbell Taylor and the Cape Arid Connection – Part 2

    Originally Published 30 April 2015: The 1840s   Above: The Lower Kalgan River meanders past Mount Boyle into Oyster Harbour and King George’s Sound reflecting the rural idyll of old Albany. Campbell Taylor’s childhood home lay on the upper part of the hill. Built in 1837 by his father Patrick, the living room gave commanding views,…

  • The Gun

    Originally Posted 4 July 2014:   Above: A double-barrel, break action, breech loading shotgun with innovative Pinfire mechanism first patented in France during 1846. Probably the type of gun Edward John Eyre sent Wylie two years later to commemorate their famous walk of 1841. Unattributed photograph from the public domain. During the winter of 1848,…

  • Wylie – Who was he?

    Originally Published 7 May 2014: There are many artistic impressions of Wylie and Eyre (usually together), all inspired by their remarkable story of survival. Few, if any of those are accurate portraits. There are sketches, drawings and photographic images of Eyre made during his Colonial career which show us what he looked like, but very…

  • Taking Advantage

    Originally Published  5 May 2014: ” The Cleveland was making its way across the Great Australian Bight, a bleating hulk reeking of sheep shit and urea, butting against the waves like an angry Highland Ram. “   The Cleveland was a transport ship hired by an icon of early Australian exploration, Edward John Eyre. He was 24 when…