The View From Mount Clarence

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

Tag: Wylie

  • 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…

  • 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…