Re­search sheds light on his­tory

South Western Times - - Letters To The Editor -

RE­FER­RING to last week’s de­bate by coun­cil­lors about boost­ing tourism in Bun­bury it is good to find the in­creased in­ter­est in Bun­bury’s his­tory and built her­itage.

Since re­search­ing and writ­ing the Bun­bury Her­itage Trail in 1987/88 I tried to find an­swers to some un­re­solved ques­tions, es­pe­cially as they re­late to the be­gin­ning of Bun­bury within the first 9-10 months of the Swan River colony.

The first chap­ter of Ex­cel­lent Con­nec­tions, the of­fi­cial his­tory of Bun­bury headed “Un­cer­tain Be­gin­nings” was a fur­ther rea­son to dig deeper for ev­i­dence in the ex­ist­ing records.

I feel that my re­search has un­cov­ered de­tails that very much en­rich the story of Bun­bury’s be­gin­nings and should be­come known.

A par­tic­u­larly ap­pro­pri­ate date for a pub­li­ca­tion is com­ing up early in Novem­ber.

It will be ex­actly 100 years since an ar­ti­cle ap­peared in the Bun­bury Her­ald, dated 7 Novem­ber 1917 about Past, Present and Fu­ture which in­cludes the fol­low­ing: “Foun­da­tion of Bun­bury (or Leschenault as it was then called) dates from March 6, 1830 when Gover­nor Stir­ling formed a mil­i­tary post here to pro­tect in­tend­ing set­tlers”.

My de­tailed story re­veals what hap­pened in the lead-up to this date and how the set­tle­ment planned by Lt. Gov. James Stir­ling to be the first out­side the Swan River area oc­curred at Au­gusta and not at Port Leschenault. Bern­hard Bischoff, Bun­bury

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