Australia, Discovering Terra Australis, Founding Pioneers, Governors of Aus, Historical POI - Central NSW, New South Wales, The Evolution of Australia (previously New Holland)From 1788 to 1801, as mentioned previously, naval captains maintained solitary and peremptory rule, with the New South Wales Corps secondarily as a closed aristocracy or corporation for exclusive privilege. The constant defect was bad mothercraft - the infant colony was continuously underfed, but over-indulged in rum to an extent that would have astounded even Hogarth. The earlier inhabitants were always on the brink of starvation: had it not been for occasional supplies from the Cape of Good Hope and from Batavia, the settlement might, indeed, have collapsed. When the Second Fleet arrived, for example, the situation was desperate: they had lost 200 of their thousand convicts by disease and landed nearly 500 sick; a store ship, the "Guardian," was lost; the "Sirius" ran ashore and was a total wreck; the Third Fleet landed one-third of its complement too ill to work!...1788
Australia, Explorers, Founding Pioneers, Governors of Aus, Historical POI - Central VIC, Historical POI - Tasmania (TAS), People, Pioneers, POI Appendix, Tasmania, VictoriaAt the age of 24, Joseph Tice Gellibrand was admitted as an Attorney in London in 1816 where he continued to practice until his appointment as Attorney-General of Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania, Australia) on the 1st August 1823. A few years later he assisted John Batman with the legal documentation and the infamous treaties that would secure the western perimeter of Port Phillip in mid 1835. As the British governance began to understand the value of the find and realised that they were at risk of The Port Phillip Association setting a precedence, they quickly moved in to quash the Treaty and all those involved. Ironically, the loss of two of the leaders of the venture was to assist the governance to achieve their goal. Gellibrand died during an expedition from Geelong to Wyndham in 1837. Batman, became seriously ill, losing his life in mid 1839...1792
Australia, Discovering Terra Australis, Explorers, Founding Pioneers, Governors of Aus, Historical POI - Central VIC, Historical POI - Tasmania (TAS), People, Pioneers, POI Appendix, Tasmania, VictoriaThe life of John Batman would have to be one of the most romantic, exhilarating, wondrous and tragic - life and love story's of our time . . . During his 39 years of life he led a life of courage, adventure, discovery, love, warmth, laughter, hope, success and achievement - which then so suddenly and tragically fell into the hands of greed; as illness descended upon him, ending his life so early - and where the governance of the time took all he had achieved and left his wife and 8 children penniless...1801
Australia, Discovering Terra Australis, Explorers, Founding Pioneers, Governors of Aus, Historical POI - Central VIC, People, POI Appendix, VictoriaThe extensive harbour we had thus unexpectedly found I supposed must be Western Port, although the narrowness of the entrance did by no means correspond with the width given to it by Mr. Bass. It was the information of captain Baudin, who had coasted along from thence with fine weather, and had found no inlet of any kind, which induced this supposition; and the very great extent of the place, agreeing with that of Western Port, was in confirmation of it. This, however, was not Western Port, as we found next morning [TUESDAY 27 APRIL 1802]; and I congratulated myself on having made a new and useful discovery; but here again I was in error. This place, as I afterwards learned at Port Jackson, had been discovered ten weeks before by lieutenant John Murray, who had succeeded captain Grant in the command of the Lady Nelson. He had given it the name of PORT PHILLIP, and to the rocky point on the east side of the entrance that of Point Nepean....1802
Australia, Founding Pioneers, Governors of Aus, Historical POI - South Western VIC, People, Pioneers, POI Appendix, VictoriaJames Dawson and his daughter, Isabella Park Taylor (b. 1843 - d. 1929), shared a deep interest in the Aboriginal civilisation and language. They studied the indigenous way of life, and vigorously defended the indigenous peoples, as well as fought for the environment, fearing the worst as the land was radically, irrevocably and irresponsibly cleared for agriculture...
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