The View From Mount Clarence

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

Tag: Phillips River

  • Interlude Pursued – Part 8

    Originally Published 15 December 2014: People of the Wild Cherry   Above:  Tijuk (Jeeuk-Bates), the Native or Wild Cherry, is related to the more widely known Quandong and a member of the Sandalwood Family. Also known as the Broom Ballart or Exocarpos Sparteus the plant is a weeping  shrub native to Western Australia. Tijuk  was totem  to a clan of the Ngadgu (Ngadjumaia), Aborigines  from the area north and east of Esperance.  Photo courtesy of Mrs…

  • Interlude Pursued – Part 7

    Originally Published 31 October 2014: Background to Violence   The events at Cocanarup during the 1880’s did not take place in a vacuum. Precedents of violent repression had been set along the Swan River since 1829, more forcibly at Pinjarra in 1834, the Vasse River and York District between 1835 and 1841 and at various localities in the North West…

  • Interlude Pursued- Part 3

    Originally Published 31 August 2014: And the Dunns of Cocanarup; What do we know about John, James, George, Robert and Walter?   Above: The Dunn brothers and sister, Eliza, probably taken around 1910 – After the death of brother George in 1907.  Front row seated – Eliza, William & James.  Back row; Walter and Robert. The…

  • Interlude Pursued – Part 2

    Originally Published 19 August 2014; And Yandawalla and Mulyall, who were they?   Above: Unknown Noongar Brothers from an unknown origin. The photograph was taken from the Kaartdijin Noongar – Noongar Culture website. The men look to be brothers and look to be carrying the spoils of a recent hunt. There are so few photographs of the people…

  • Interlude Pursued – Part 1

    Originally Published 12 August 2014:   So, Who Was Dartambaum?     When William Dunn walked in to the Albany Police station on Thursday, April 1st, 1880, he told Sergeant Furlong and the staff there that his brother John, ‘had left his station at Cocanarup on the 20th Ulto along with a native named Jumbo. . . ’ The…

  • Interlude Postponed

    Originally Published  29 July 2014: Police Vrs Yungala Reviewing the trial files of September 1881   This is taking longer than expected so I’m putting off my next post relating to The Lost Love Of Henrietta Gillam until I can do it justice.  

  • 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…