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Historical Committee. A meeting of the Historical Com mittee was held on Monday even. ing, the president (Cr. Wyatt) in the chair. Messrs. A. H. Wilson, Hogan and E. Couch were welcomed its new members. Correspondence. From Mr. IT. H. -Roare, conveying the thanks of the members' of the family of. the late' Mr. Benj. Hoare fol kind messagl, of sympathy. Members were 'sufficiently aware of the great love his father had for Portland, and, in particular, interest in the Historical: Comnumittee. His children derived great, consolation from the numerous tributes paid to his memory, and amongst these'none was more appreciated :. than 'that. from the Committee,-As a mark of resipect, all stood in silence after the letter had been read. ' , From E., McKenzip, stating 'that his son would,' as requested,' search for information required at, Cat.. berra.-Tho secretary. (Mr. N, F. Leartnonth) stated that he" had not yet received any word. From, Mr. W. H. Ifould,' rincipal' librarian, Public :Libirary 'f' N.S.W., intimating that he had files of the "Portland Gazette" and: "Belfast Advertiser" fromm .1844 to 1849. The secretary said they :.were the years of which they previously had no record,' the files of the "Guard ian" covering that period being missing. The editor, printer, and publisher of the "'Gazette" was Thomas Hamilton Osborne. ..The missing files of the "Guardian," he stated, had been- used for papering the walls of old buildings at Noith Portland I From Mr. Ernest Scott, Middle. Brighton, 'in answer to enquiries. First, Captain Cqmpbell, of the "Harrington" was not the whaler of Portland Bay in "1836. The man was Alexander, .and the skipper of the boat was William. He did not know if they were related otherwise than by membersliip 'of the great clan Campbell. .There were several' Campbells' connected,' with; shipping in the first half; century i.f "Austra lian history, including, of course, Robert Camlpbell, who built' Dun troon and was 'the' second"' land holder of 'what is now :the F.C.T., Canberra.i He did not think that: Grimes made a. survey of Portland Bay, and could not: say who made the first survey. Baudin's log. hahs not been published, but he thought; there was a' transcript of it in, the Mitchell Library, Sydney. H-. be lieved the library employed a copy ist to make copies of the logs of Bau din, Dentrecasteaux, 'and other French navigators, ,preserved in the, 'Depot de la' Marine, Paris, but he was not certain if the :work was far enough advanced to' include Baiih din's notes 'on'.Portlarid, Bay. The latter's cartographerss , must. have: made a survey of 'the Bay,.and the original drawing--which was not rc= produced in the altas, accompanying Peron's narrative of the voyage- - must be in the Depot de la 1 arine. It might be possible to have a photo graph made and forwarded on. The secretary said that in' 1802 the, first detailed map of Portland Bay' was mnude-two years after Grant.. From Mr. W,. J. Williamson, ?LL.C., stating he' wotild lieruse the early records of marriages, etc., in charge of the Government Statist. From Mr. Geo. Clark, Fairfield stating that he had access to the earliest records of land dealings re- gistered in the Titles Office, and would be willing to obtain any in- formation desired. - A glance through showed that perhaps the earliest dealing of the Hentys - af- ter they received the Crown grants - was a mortgage from Stephen George Henty to Charles Nicholson, dated 5/11/42, for £270 on an area of 25 acres 3 roods 20 perches on Wattle Hill Creek. Another early one, dated 8/8/44, was a lease for three years from Edward Stephen George Henty to William Tulloh of a capital brick-built dwelling house, portion of which property had been occupied by James Mayne Conelly. The premises were situated in Ben- tinck street and the property on the north formed the corner house of Julia and Bentinck Streets (London Hotel site). On the southern boun- dary was a property owned by the Hentys and occupied by 'Cecil Pyb no Cooke - rent £85 per. year, pay- able quarterly for Tulloh'a lease. The secretary said h' ha wa!?itten to the NS.W. Public Libr? y ,with reaurd to th :namies of; Ecketrstey" and "lluird."":' As regards the first, the reply was that Major': Mitchell, in his "note book" nanied Mt. Ec kersley after Majjor, Ntathan!ial Ec kerslecy in 1811." Concerning the latter, in an oldt "Portland Gazedtte"' OE 1,41 there appeiared the name of George Hurd in a list of un claimed letters at the post office. ltu'td street was nanted in 1840, so evidently the qeorge Hurd referred[ to was in the town before it was laid Oat, and presumablyl the street .was .tamad after him. ' A letter dated 1928 from a pub-. lshing firm in Melbourne, quoting 1000 copies of the' history of Port land at?l/- each was read, but 'it was decided' to allow- this matter, to stafld over for the present.-Tlo 1layor asked the secretary what sal ary he was receiving, and the' latter replied that he was the same as a itan trying to make money out of sheep.-he got nothing I-The chair ilan suggested that the question of taieing funds should be seriously considecred, in which Mr. W F. Had ditch (treasurer) agreed, stating that there were only a few shillings in the bank. The secretary said lie had pre Pared a voluminous amount of mat terfor editing, but most of it would have to be re-written, as owing to

the missing files, he had omitted a great deal. He suggested having copies typeowritten when completed, in case anything happened to the or iginal.' The proposed contents of the: hook ,would be:-Chapter I \Geology of Portland, written by Mr. ,R., A.'. Keebles. Chapter 2-Early navigators and explorers. Chapter, 3-Sealers and whalers and r tales of the sea, including the history of Diitton aend' Wishart, . accounts of shipwrecks, etc. Chapter 4-The lientys -and' .the.' first permanent white. settlement. CChapte " 5 Interesting history i penal , settle ment in 1822 ; original survey work, 'by'C. J. Tyers and those following hin ;':first lund sales, etc. . Chapter 60-Government activities. Chap ter. 7-Businesses and professions,, history of. thd wool trade, Chapter 8--Social activities. ' Chapter 0 Story of the Press. , Chapter 10-s Hotels .and early roads. Chapters 11 ndl·i2 Sport and general' items ofr interest. Chapter 13--Environ :ni nts of Portland, including Bridge water, Horeywood,'. 'Narrawong : and? Tyrendarra. '. At the request of the chairman, the secretary gave an interesting account of the first work carried out, at the botanical :gardens. In' 1802, he said, the gold ilelds were In full. swinig, and the~e. onas'a :tax of £10': ai head'on every Chinaman- ri Victoria.: Some '110` tried to 'evade' the law by,; landing on the coast 'of' South Atius 'tralia, and set out for the Ballarat.' gold' fields. When about 'eight miles past HIamilton tte police rounded.; themn up, and they were brought lbe fore Mr. Feathorstonehaugh, who .fined them £10 each. They' could only muster £40' between them, which released four, and 'the re-" malnder 'were sent to' the Portland gaol, where they were '"eating their heads off." One evening the head gaoler and Mr. Allitt (curator) met over a friendly glass at the Port land Bay Inn, and talking on the subject the latter suggested that the Chinese should be sent to work at the gardens. As 'a result, the next day they were sent under guard for a fortnight, laid out a lot of the paths, and planted many of the old trees which were' there to the present day. The chairman referred to old 'post marks around the coast at Bridge water, below Mr. D. Kennedy's, and

was informed "by Mr. Heidditch that a road was made there in the 80's, costing £220. M'iWr.i"Wilsori said the Progress As sociation had 'in. hand the matter of recoveririg the old whaling boilers in the sea off, the north short;: The secretary produced a cutting from the :("Guardian" (reprinted), where it stated' thati'a 'deep,trench', filled with broken lizeietond, orig. inally ?sarked the boundarry between the two ?iStates.?? Re e? was anxiousp to locate"'the spot' 'and: had commun icated' with: the writer, of the article:; The secretary` said, in. company with Mr. Hedditch, he 'had visited the" of cemetory,, and found the tomb stohe imarking 'the grave of John Wiggins (1846) to be the. ear liest; A lot of the head stones had fallen' flat and . were not readable, while the lettering on some, of the others`. was q?ulteo,''idecipherable ; the ceme;tery,' i however, wvas' not there until-1848. -;lr. Hedditch said the grave of Wm. Wheeler, born in 1776,; was 'there.-The secretary said that in 1848 bodies were re moved from a site proclaimed as a burial ground at Clergy Rest, in Percy Street, to the old cemetery, .the work? blerig'let by contrct- 1tcri Couch informed, the meeting thIt there werer no identification ipgs in ..the old cemetery .till the Trust was formed in .1867, taking over both this 'aiid the soutth burial grounds, Miss Cuirtis, aged 18 years, was the first to be buried 'in the latter. ' :.,-.The chairman announced that Mr. IKenyon,. president of the Victorian Historical Society, would be visiting Portland?l shortly, 'and during his stay a meeting of the Committee would be called, to which he would be invited. '