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THE

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN

JOURNAL.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1836.

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" Neither conscience nor taste will suffer me to fight one class or interest against another, for separate benefit, or to take the narrow ground of undeviating panegyric"

The arrangements alluded to by us last week for the formation of a'Colonial' Whaling establishment on this coast, have been completed during the week, and every necessary preparation, it is in- tended, shall be made in time to bring the scheme into operation at the com- mencement of the next season, which, it may be considered, is about the begin- ning of June. Captain Coulton, of the Truelove, will return with his vessel to this port, and will take an active part in the practical part of this enterprise.

When, we consider, that all the sup- plies for flour, meat, and other neces

saries, will be drawn from this colony,

and that the formation of an establish-

ment oí this description will consequent- ly tend to more extended speculations of the same nature,- which will afford an accumulating demand lor the produts o

our farms,-we can but congratulate ourselves that at length we have found means to set it on foot, on a scale cal ou lated to insure success. That a preiei

ence will be given to the productions of i this colony, in obtaining supplies, we are warranted in inferring Irom the iact, that it is in contemplation, at an early period,

to advertise lor tenders of such articles

as may be required, to be delivered on or before the commencement of the season ; and we hope the result will prove, that we have i o no ed of reference to the neigh- bouring colonies.

That this scheme will be productive of immense profit, under proper manage- ment, there is not the slightest reason to doubt ; our opinion is formed, not alone from personal experience, but from the concurrent testimony of every nautical person who has visited this coast during the proper season.

With reference to the season, there is every reason to believe that it comprises the months of June to October, inclusive. The Monkey, (Captain Pace), was in Shaik's Bay for three weeks, in the month of September, 1834, during which time, we are informed by Mr. T. Hunt, who was one of the party commis- sioned1 by the Governor to search for the wreck ol the Mercury, (the object of the Monkey's visit to the bay), there were innumerable whales seen They are now numerous about this port and iii« Murray, and will, no doubt, continue so, and will probably fall off in numbers during the month of October, but not so far as to end the season until the expira-

tion of the month.

It may be of impoi tance to notice here the account Mr. Hunt gives of Shark's Bay as being adapted lor a whaling station ; and we give it with greater confidence, as he was for some time the superintendent of a fishery at the Cape uf Good i ioj'e.

Under Dirk Ha/tog's Island there is as good an anchorage as can be i equired,

and it is well sheltered. The whales

seen were the black species. The sharks were in such abundance, that he is of opinion they might be caught in suf- ficient quantities to render their tails and fins, which artï much esteemed in China, deserving attention as an export The long pearl oyster, as well as the silver oyster, were also numerous. The hawk's bill turtle, so much valued for its shell, was found here, but not in so great abundance as the green turtle. Of fish, there were red and other mullet, in shoals, and a fish similar to the highly prized ton-fish of Italy. From this ac- count, which, we again repeat, may be relied on, it will be seen, that the time which can be spared from the pursuit of whaling, may be profitably applied to other lucrative sources of employment The Malays from Borneo, we are in- formed, visit the northern extremity of the coast, arid carry on a profitable trade

in «hells and otlier natural productions^ and from their frequent visits, it is sup- posed, drive the hawk's-bill turtle down to the lowest range of .the coast; which affords a congenial climate,-most pro- bably terminating at Shirk's Bay.

We would advise our colonists to re- gard these particulars with some atten- tion, otherwise the prize which is within our reach will be earned off by strangers;

and to the Government we would ear- nestly recommend an early survey of Shark's Bay, and of Dirk Hartog's Is- land. _

Preparations are making for the expedition to the eastward, under the guidance of the Surveyor-General, Hon. J. S. Hoe, Esq., accompanied by the Hon. G. F. Moore, Esq., iu search of the supposed lake, or inland sea, denominat- ed by the natives the Molyean.

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The c Eagle' was five weeks and a half in making her passage irom the Mauritius, and encountered some boister- ous gales, in one of which she was struck by a heavy sea, and was mate- rially injured. She is now lying in Cockburn Sound, and it is expected a survey will be held before she can again put to sea. The owner, Mr. Pratt, is gone into the interior, on an excursion, and only started the day before her arri- val_

The native children, of late, have re- ceived instruction from various sources, and, in some cases, not from the most en- lightened of our community, although they have proved competent teachers in the particular branch of education to which they have applied their attention. To our great astonishment, our ears were assailed the other day, with portions of that monstious song,

" H< ky, Poky, Wonky, Furn," &c,

from the mouth of a little black urchin, who, on our inquiry where she learnt it, I willi the readiness of a London tactition

er, evaded the question with a Quaker's

I answer-" What's o'clock ?" Now we

must protest against this system of edu , cation, which is founded on a vocabulary j of the real vernacular of St. Giles' and

the lowest sews of London. It is really 'disgraceful to the parties who have

taught the natives the oaths and obscene I expressions it is now customary to hear j them repeat ; and we can but pronounce ¡the mind, which derives amusement from j hearing these poor creatures make use of j such language, as sorely debased, and

sunk into a meanness and imbecility of spirit unbecoming the character of the superiority we assume over the savage.

Having given this picture of depravity, we must in justice notice, that there ap- pear to be other teachers abroad of a different character ; for we have heard children repeating the ABC with their

native chant.

Another circumstance connected with the treatment of the natives has come under our observation,-namely, the practice of giving them 'grog,' or spirits. Wè saw the native 'Narai' staggering drunk a few days ago. It is a disgrace to the parties who were the occasion of this disgusting exhibition.

The following extract from a work i published in 1793, giving a complete ac- count of the first settlement at Port Jack- son up to 1791 (four years after its es- tablishments ,may be read with advantage by those who are impatient of returns from small beginnings. We should be much gratified to obtain a description of the same spot and vicinity at the present day, and to be made acquainted with the value of the property, where the Hessian ** more than once shook his head, and made some mortifying observations on

the soil." One or other of our contem- poraries at Sydney may consider this subject deserving a passing notice. For our own part, we have been induced to occupy so much of our space with this extract,« as au incentive to exertion and steadiness of purpose,which,coupled with sobriety, ia the main requisite to form a succebsíul Bettler. We are happy to state that the number of our neighbours who require any incentive is but small; to them, however, it may prove amus- ing.

" December 7, 1791.-Went to Seheffer's farm. I found him at home, conversed with him, and walked with him over all his cultivated ground. He had one hundred and forty acres granted to him, fourteen of which are in cultivation, twelve in maize, one in wheat, and one in vines and tobac- co. He has besides twenty-three acres, on which the trees are cut down, but not burnt off the land. He iesigned his appointment, and began his farm last May ; and had at first five convicts lo assist him : he has now four. All his maize, except 3 acres, is mean. This he thinks may be attributed lo three causes : a middling soil, too dry a spring, mid from the ground not being sufficiently pul- verized before the seed was put in it. The wheat is thin and poor : he does not reckon its produce at more than e.ght or nine bushels. His vines, nine hundred in number, are flourishing, and will, he supposes, bear iruit next year. His tobaico plants are not very luxuriant : to these two last plant» he means principally to direct his attention, ile says (and truly) that they will always be sale- able and profitable. On one of the boundaries of his land is plenty cf wa'er. A very good brick house is nearly completed for his use, by the go- vernor; and in the mean time he lives ia a very decent one, which was built for him on his settling here. He. is to be supplied with provisions from the public store, and with medical assist ance for eighteen months, reckoning from last May. At the expiration of this period he is bv>und to support himself ; and the four convicts are to be withdsawn. But if he shnll tbrn, or at any future period, de-

clare himself able to maintain a moderate number ?

of these people for their labour, they will be assign- '

ed lo him.

tl Mr. Schcffer is a man of industry and respect- able character. He came out to thh country as a

superintendent of convicts, at a salary of forty f pounds per annum ; and brought willi him al daughter of twelve years old. He is by birth a .Hessian, and served in America, in a corps of Yaghers, with the rank of lieutenant. He never was professionally, in any part of life, a farmer, but he told me his father owned a small estate on the banks of the Rhine, on which he resided, and that he had always been fond of looking at, and assisting in his labours, particularly in the vine- yard. In walking along, he more than once »hook his head, and made some mortifying ob- servations o» the soil of his present domain, com- pared with the banks of his native stream. He assured me that (exclusive of the sacrifice of his salary) he has expended more than forty pounds, in advancing his ground to a state in which I saw it. Of the probability of success in his undertak- ing, he spoke with moderation and good sense. Sometimes he said he had almost despaired, and had often balanced about relinquishing it ; but had often been checked by recollecting, that hardly any difficulty can arise, which vigour and perse- verance will not overcome. 1 asked him what was the tenure on which he held his estate. He offer- ed to shew the written document, saying, that it was exactly the same as Ruse's. I therefore de- clined to trouble him, and took my leave, with -wishes for his success and prosperity.

" Near Mr Scheffer's farm, is a small patch of land, cleared by Lieutenant Townson, of the New South Wales corps, about two acres of which are in maize and wheat, b >th looking very bad.

" Proceeded to the farm of Mr. Arndell, one of the assistant surgeons. This gentleman has six acres in cultivation, as follows : rather more than four in maize, one in wheat, and the remainder in oats and barley ; the wheat looks tolerably good, rather thin, but of a good height, and the ears well filled. His farming servaut guesses the pro- duce will be twelve bushels, and 1 do not think he overrates it. The maize he guesses at thirty bushels, which, from appearances, it may yield, but not more. The oats and barley are not con- temptible; this ground has been turned up but once; the aspect of it is nearly south, on a declivi- ty of the river, or arm of the sea, on which Para- matta btands : it was cleared of vyood about nine months ago, and sown this year fur the first time.

"December 8.- Went this morning to the farm of Christopher Magee, a convict settler, nearly oppose to that ol Mr. Schefl'er. The situation of this farm is very eligible, provided the river in floods does not inundate it, which I think doubtful

This man was bred to husbandry, and lived eight years in America ; he has no less than eight acres in cultivation, five and a half in maizj, one in va heat, and one and a half in tobacco. From the wheat he does not expect more than ten bushels ; but he is extravagant e tough to rate the produce of maize at one hundred bushels ; perhaps he may get fifty ; on tobacco, he means to go largely hereafter. He began to char this ground in April, but did not settle until last July. 1 asked by what means he had been able to accomplish so much? He answered, "by industry, and by hiring all the convicts I could get lo work in their leisure hours, besides some little assistance which the governor has occasionally thrown in." He sunk a well and found water, but it was brackish, and not fft to drink. If this man shall continue in

habits of industry and sobriety, I think him sure of succeeding.

" Reached Ruse's farm, and begged to look at his grant, the material part of wnich runs thus : - A lot of thirty acres, to be called Experiment Farm ; the said lot to be holden, free of all taxes, quit-rents, &c, for ten years, provided that the occuj içr, his heirs or assigns, shall reside within the same, and proceed to the improvement there- of; reserving, however, for the use of the crown, all timber now growing, or which hereafter shall grow fit for naval purposes ; at the expiration of ten years, an annual quit-rent of one shilling shall be paid by the occupier i t aeknou lodgement. Ruse now lives in a comfort«ib e brick h »use, built for him by the governor. He has eleven acres in cultivation, and several more which have been cleared by convicts in their leisure ho'trs, on con- dition of receiving the fiat year's cn »p. Ue means to cultivate little besides maize ; wheat is so nv oh less productive. Of the culture of tobacco and vinoyaids, hi is ignorant; a. d with gn'at good sense, he d-clav d, that he would not quit the path lie knew, for an uncertainty. His livestock consists of four breeding sows, and thirty fowls. He has been taking from the store (that is, has supplied hiwrfelf with provisions) for some months past; and his wife is to be taken oil at Chiistmas. at which time, if he deems himself able to maintain a convict labourer, one is to be given to him

" Crossed the i iver in a boat to Robert Webb's farm. This man was one of the seamen of the Sirius, and has taken, in conjunction with his bro- ther, (also a seaman of th<i same ship), a grant of sixty acres, on the same terms as Ruse, save that the annual quit-rent is to commence at the expira- tion of five years, instead of ten. The brother is gone to England, to receive the wages due to them both for their services, which money is to be ex- pended by him, in whatever he judges will be most conducive to the success of their plan. , Webb ex- pects to do well ; talks as a man should talk who has just set out on a douutful enterprise, which he is bound to pursue ; he is sanguine in hope, and looks only at the bright side of the prospect ; he has received great encouragement and assistance from the governor. He has five acres cleared and planted with ma'ze, which looks thriving, and promises to yield a decent crop. His house, and a small one adjoining for pigs and poultry, were built for him by the governor, who also gave him two sows and seven fowls, to which he adds a lit- tle stock of his own acquiring.

" Near Webb, is placed William Read, another seaman of the Sirius, on the same terms, and to vvhom e^ual encouragement has been granted,"

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