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Personal Recollections of Early Melbourne and Victoria

Personal Recollections of Early Melbourne and Victoria by William Westgarth
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Personal Recollections of Early Melbourne and Victoria by William Westgarth provides readers with an insightful look into the early history of Melbourne and Victoria. Westgarth, a prominent figure in the development of the region, offers firsthand accounts of the challenges and triumphs faced by settlers during this time period.

The book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about the founding years of Melbourne and Victoria. Westgarth's detailed descriptions paint a vivid picture of life in the fledgling colony, from the struggles of early pioneers to the rapid growth and development that followed.

One of the most fascinating aspects of the book is Westgarth's observations on the social and economic changes that occurred as Melbourne transformed from a small settlement to a bustling city. His keen insights into the political climate and cultural landscape of the time make this a truly captivating read.

Overall, Personal Recollections of Early Melbourne and Victoria is a must-read for history buffs and anyone curious about the roots of this vibrant region. Westgarth's engaging narrative style and wealth of knowledge make this book a valuable addition to any library.

Book Description:

Son of John Westgarth, surveyor-general of customs for Scotland, was born at Edinburgh, in June 1815. He was educated at the high schools at Leith and Edinburgh, and at Dr Bruce’s school at Newcastle-on-Tyne. He then entered the office of G. Young and Company of Leith, who were engaged in the Australian trade, and realizing the possibilities of the new land, decided to emigrate to Australia. He arrived in Melbourne, then a town of three or four thousand inhabitants, in December 1840.
When the new colony was constituted Westgarth headed the poll for Melbourne at the election for the legislative council. He had had many activities during the previous 10 years.
He revisited Australia in 1888 and was everywhere welcomed. When the Melbourne international exhibition was opened he walked in the procession through the avenue of nations alongside Mr Francis Henty, then the sole survivor of the brotherhood who founded Victoria. As a result of his visit two volumes appeared Personal Recollections of Early Melbourne and Victoria, in 1888, and Half a Century of Australasian Progress, in 1889. Returning to Great Britain Westgarth died suddenly at Edinburgh on 28 October 1889. He married in 1853 and left a widow and two daughters.

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