WILLIAM WESTGARTH AND EARLY MELBOURNE. (Index of pioneers in order of appearance at start of journal.)
PIONEERS (IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE.)
Bold type indicates a major mention. I wanted to include these names under appropriate chapter heading in the CONTENTS below to better indicate their location given the lack of page numbers, but every time I edit, I lose most of the surnames, so the journal will remain untouched. All names are of Victorian pioneers, with the exception of Darwin (friend of Edward Wilson after his return to England.) I believe James Sceales should be James Scales.
WESTGARTH, DRUMMOND, LOCKE, LIARDET, LINGHAM,FAWKNER, SMITH,CRAIG, KERR,HOLMES,TURNBULL,ORR,FORSYTH,PITTMAN, DINWOODIE, TOWNEND,JAMES,HOOD,CASHMORE, CARSON, CHISHOLM, BENJAMIN, WITTON, HOWITT, ERSKINE, HOBSON, MORISON, FORBES,WELSH, SAYERS, WATSON, WIGHT, WERE,BARNES,STRACHAN,NODIN,BRODIE,CAREY,SMITH, CAMPBELL,RUSSELL, MARTIN, HUTTON,NANTES, BROADFOOT,ALISON, KNIGHT, LATROBE,ROACH,THOMSON, MANTON, JACKSON,RAE, ARDEN,CARRINGTON, CONDELL, PORTER, HEAP,GRICE, BELL,BUCHANAN,KELSH,LOVELL,CAMPBELL,WILLIAMS,PATTERSON,GRAHAM,RYRIE,
PURVES,KING, KERR, BROWNE,DAVIDSON, MOORE, TORRENS, JACKSON(SUNBURY), PINKERTON,SCEALES, HOYLE,HARDIE,MURRAY,MORRIS, BOYD, RYRIE(YERING),DE CASTELLA(YERING),FENNELL,ROBERTSON, MANIFOLD,GORRIE,MCGREGOR,IRVINE, MCKNIGHT, SUTHERLAND, BURCHETT,HENTY, BYASS,HAMILTON,ALLEN,BLACK,WEBSTER,MCCRAE, COPPIN,HENTY,MCKINNON,WILSON ,SINCLAIR, BATMAN,MCKINNEY,FENNELL,COLLYER, AITKEN, RUSSELL,CONDELL, INGLIS, KAYE, BUCHANAN, PORTER,THOMSON, CRESWICK, GELLIBRAND,HESSE, SMITH,MACKILLOP,WEBB,FAWKNERMOOR,MURPHY,MCARTHUR, WRIGHT,LALOR,SIMPSON, MCARTHUR(BANKER), LATROBE, WILSON,KILBURN, KERR, JOHNSTON, GILL, MACKINNON, JACKSON, RAE, DALGETY,DUCROZ, CASSELL,SYME,SPOWERS, DARWIN(ENGLAND),GRYLLS, CLOW, WILLIAMSON,SMITH,SIMPSON, STAWELL, BARRY,FOSTER, SLADEN, RUSDEN,CLARKE, CAMPBELL, FINLAY, HEARN,MCCOY, IRVING,PEARSON, WEBSTER,WESTBY, JAMES, WESTBY, MOOR,PATTERSON, PERRY,ELDER(S.A.), NEUHAUSS, MILLER,O'FARRELL,PALMER,BARKER,O'SHANNASSY, SERVICE, KERR,EBDEN, STAWELL, CASSELL, RUTLEDGE,SPLATT,POHLMAN, CAMPBELL, DUNLOP,STRACHAN,COWDEROY, REID, HENTY, JOHNSTON,MARSDEN,WOOLLEY, WIGHT, DAMYON, BRAHE, BARKER, SHADFORTH,HAM,BLACK,STAWELL,MURPHY, HENTY,MCARTHUR, MURPHY,WRIGHT,WERE,MCCRAE,CRESWICK,THOMSON, LANGHORNE,RALEIGH, RENNY, CASSELL, GILL, ROSS,WESTGARTH, HOBSON,WILLIAMSON, CURR, CASSELL
George Sinclair Brodie was heavily involved in Melbourne's early history and I expected to find an Australian Dictionary of Biography article about him. I found plenty of information about his arrival,his possible return home in 1851 and a possible divorce in the 1860's,his wife having remained in Australia. But not the Biography I had expected. However every cloud has a silver lining.
Having googled "George Sinclair Brodie,Victoria", I tried this result:
Personal Recollections of Early Melbourne and Victoria - Project ...
I had long looked forward to one more visit to Victoria, perhaps the last I should ..... where I first met my most worthy old friend, George Sinclair Brodie, so well ...
William Westgarth's history had been much quoted in a history of the Lalor/ Epping area (in regard to its early Lutheran influence) that Irma Hatty kindly offered to lend me years ago so the portion about his involvement in the encouragement of German immigration came as no surprise. His history is absolutely wonderful and gives much information about prominent residents of early Melbourne, squatters, parliament etc. Even though it did not give the detail I sought about G.S.Brodie,I was compelled to read it to the very end.
William attended the wedding of John Batman's daughter at John Aitken's Mt Aitken and his description of how guests coped with the lack of accommodation has the sort of anecdotal detail which makes eye-witness history so valuable. He provided fascinating insights into the Jacksons of Sunbury, Edward Wilson of the Argus, James Stewart Johnston of "Craig Lee" and so many other pioneers.
Thanks to Project Gutenberg Australia for making this great history available online.
Here is a table of contents.
AN INTRODUCTORY MEDLEY.
MR. FROUDE'S "OCEANA".
UNITY OF THE EMPIRE.
EARLY PORT PHILLIP.
MY FIRST NIGHT ASHORE.
INDIGENOUS FEATURES AROUND MELBOURNE.
THE ABORIGINAL NATIVES IN AND ABOUT TOWN.
EARLY CIVILIZING DIFFICULTIES.
"THE BEACH" (NOW PORT MELBOURNE).
EARLY MELBOURNE, ITS UPS AND DOWNS--1840-1851.
THE MELBOURNE CORPORATION, 1842.
EARLY SUBURBAN MELBOURNE.
THE EARLY SQUATTING TIMES.
EARLY WESTERN VICTORIA ("AUSTRALIA FELIX").
SOME NAMES OF MARK IN THE EARLY YEARS.
THE HENTY FAMILY, AND THE FOUNDATION OF VICTORIA.
SOME INTERJECTA IN RE BATMAN, PIONEER OF THE PORT PHILLIP SETTLEMENT.
JOHN PASCOE FAWKNER, FATHER OF MELBOURNE.
JAMES SIMPSON, FIRST MAGISTRATE OF "THE SETTLEMENT".
DAVID CHARTERIS McARTHUR, FATHER OF VICTORIAN BANKING.
CHARLES JOSEPH LA TROBE, C.B.
SIR JOHN O'SHANASSY.
WILLIAM KERR, FOUNDER OF "THE ARGUS".
CHARLES HOTSON EBDEN, ESQUIRE.
EDWARD WILSON, CHIEF PROPRIETOR OF "THE ARGUS", "THE TIMES" OF THE
EARLY SOCIETY: WAYS, MEANS, AND MANNERS.
THE GERMAN IMMIGRATION.
THE GERMAN PRINCE.
EARLY VICTORIA, FROM 1851.
MOUNT ALEXANDER AND BENDIGO.
EARLY VICTORIAN LEGISLATION.
MELBOURNE IN 1888.
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Itellya is researching local history on the Mornington Peninsula and is willing to help family historians with information about the area between Somerville and Blairgowrie. He has extensive information about Henry Gomm of Somerville, Joseph Porta (Victoria's first bellows manufacturer) and Captain Adams of Rosebud.