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 these pages are concerned with and typically next to none of the old photographs featuring Aboriginal people carry the subject’s names anyway. I’ve decided to use this one because the men here would seem to be around the ages of Mulyall and Yandawalla at the time of Cocanarup while the image lends itself to the conversation at large on account of its apparent time period.
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 only other person within a mile of John Dunn at the time he went missing was the stonemason Thomas Riley who was on the scaffold about 200 yards away. When P.C. Truslove went to Cocanarup over five months later to investigate, he reported, ‘Have been to Dunn’s Station, can give no reason for suspecting Jumbo except supposed to have been in neighbourhood at time. Riley cannot say whether old or young, man or woman that went with Dunn.’ Riley confirmed as much in his statement to the police by saying about the Aboriginal man his employer went off with, ‘I could not recognize him ever if I saw him.’
Originally Published 3 August 2014:
Regina Vrs Yungala
Supreme Court – Perth
Monday, 24th October, 1881
Above: Albany’s 1869 government building which housed the Court House, Post Office and Customs Office. Yungala was committed for trial at the Supreme Court in Perth after a hearing here on September 23rd, 1881, before Resident Magistrate Rowley Crozier Loftie.
Originally Published 31 July 2014:
Who were Henrietta Gillam and John Dunn?
Above: Not Henrietta. There are no known photographs of Henrietta Gillam in the public domain so I had to go in search of an image that I thought might do her justice. This one from the Orien en Aeroplane cultural blog is idealised but appeals.
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.
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 killing, more particularly when it was reported and what happened once it was. I won’t go into great detail about the background because it will be dealt with in later posts, but because of the jump in time I’m making here (from 1850 to 1880) some summary is needed.
Originally Published 16 July 2014:
Down On His Luck by Frederick McCubbin; National Gallery of Victoria
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 when their endeavors are properly researched. Taylor was a contemporary of the Belches, Symers, Gillam, Dunn, Moir, Wellstead and Dempster families, between them pioneer settlers from Albany to Cape Arid. The Dunn family being of primary interest for now.
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, a week after Reverened Wollaston arrived at Albany to find the roof of the church still not on, the ship Arpentuer arrived into Princess Royal Harbour bearing a parcel for the local native, Wylie. Though the package was wrapped, its contents were easily recognisable.
Originally Published 27 June 2014:
Other people who are relevant to these pages during the 1840’s and onwards include the ex naval Lieutenant Peter Belches and the former East India Company men John Laurence Morley and Thomas Lyell Symers. We’re also interested in what Captain John Hassell and his wife Ellen got up to, what developments George Cheyne was able to forge and the arrival of John McKail, Hugh & John McKenzie and Thomas Meadows Gillam. Also, the ever shifting fortunes of the ship’s carpenter James Dunn.
Above: This pencil and wash sketch of Albany dated February 1854 shows the village status of the town at that time. The jetty in the foreground, commenced by McKail and Dunn in the Spring of 1837, was 75 yards long and located where the Marina and Boatshed Markets are today. McKail had blocks at the foot of the jetty and along Stirling Terrace just east of the London Hotel where (probably) he and James Dunn lived during that time. The sketch is unattributed.
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 few of Wylie. I went in search of images and information that could bring us closer to who this young South Coast Noongar actually was.