Research sheds light on history
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