Here is a break in my story of John Taylor’s journey from Oxfordshire to Yangedine – a property in the Avon River area of Western Australia. I thought you might like to read a couple of interesting newspaper articles that I found during my research.
While John made his way to Perth from Fremantle along the track, the Browns, his employers, undertook the other method of transport – by boat, on the Swan River. Eliza Brown wrote about it, as well as the issues of getting their goods transported the 70 miles from Perth, over the hills to the Avon River district. She mentions the ‘very bad character’ of the boatmen. I’m glad that she wasn’t referring to the men of another of my ancestral lines – also boatmen on the Swan – who didn’t arrive in the colony until the following year!
Once John Taylor reached Perth, he travelled on the Guildford Road. Here is an informative article about the old road – I found it fascinating reading.The Old Guildford Road Here is the full article – Old Guildford Road.
Next week I’ll continue with John Taylor’s story when he, along with the Browns, arrive at Yangedine, the property of the Brown’s friend, Samuel Viveash. The settlers opening up the area ‘over the hills’ suffered many hardships.
1. This Week’s Best Tale. (1928, February 23). Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 – 1954), , p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37666398. [back]
2. Old Guildford Road. (1927, October 27). Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 – 1954), , p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37665386 [back]