The View From Mount Clarence

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

Tag: King Georges Sound

  • John Bailey Pavey (1797-1882) by Campbell (Jock) Beer

    John Bailey Pavey, also known as John/Jack Williams, John Andrews and John Williams Andrews was a mariner, sealer, whaler and Plantagenet pioneer. A key figure of Albany’s original criminal fringe he was a man of considerable, and dangerous, prowess. Pavey resided at or near Albany between 1834 and his death in 1882.   With Thanks…

  • Mokare’s Mob – Part 4b

    Collie after Mokare (Continued from Part 4A)   Cultural impasse aside, it’s important to stay close to our intended purpose of trying to determine the ultimate role played by Mokare in leading the Albany Aborigines into non-violent intercourse with the incoming European presence. The question is not whether Mokare and the succession of incomer leaders…

  • Sound As A Bell

    ‘The Sound’ by Sarah Drummond (a book review) Albany writer Sarah Drummond’s first novel, The Sound, stares into and stirs the dark waters of the town’s immediate pre-history, resolving to tell a harsh and uncomfortable truth. Her subject is the Breaksea Island sealing gangs, the 19th Century story of a girl and another young Aboriginal…

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

    The Sealers of the Schooner’s Hunter and Governor Brisbane 1825-26   Above: Part of a sealing gang captured in full flight. Probably American, the gang are thought to be clubbing Cape Fur Seals off Namibia sometime in the early 1800’s. Image uncredited and taken from The Seals of Nam website. King George’s Sound was settled some years before Robert Gamble became known there, so…

  • 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…

  • Rough Men in Small Boats

    Originally Published 7 April 2014: So, it was the great French and British maritime explorers who gave name to most of the coastal sites we are concerned with and recognise today.  I’m going to stay with the foreign influence as the trade in fur-seal pelts is largely about that, but first want to establish a…

  • King Georges Sound, Oyster Harbour and John Septimus Roe – Part 1

    Originally Published: March/April 2014 We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.  Australian Aboriginal Proverb   The first story in the ‘OUTDONE’ collection is called ‘Time and Place’.  I called it that…