Sunday, October 17, 2010

CANBERRA & DUNTROON - A REMINISCENCE

Memories of today's Canberra and Duntroon in the 1870's from a resident. The unidentified author G.C.P. describes the region in context to the views of the "bush" of the day referencing the balladeers Henry Lawson (bio) and "Banjo" Patterson (bio) in difference to the perception of the Limestone Plains and the interior.

Duntroon 1870

Beginning in youth as an extra to the horse-drawn mail-run G.C.P. describes a time of English settlement, shearing, the water system and more all with a distinct eloquence in his descriptions...

The Sydney Morning Herald - 7 January 1911




National Library of Australia (here)

UPDATE: Lynn Commented:

"GCP" may have been a local grazier from Cuppacumbalong, George Cameron Perry Circuitt. With those fairly unusual initials I am guessing it was him? He sure could write beautifully!

He was married to Ethel and they had four children; Kate (Kitty), Richard (Dick) Edward (died WW1) and Barbara.

He retired to Moss Vale and died there in 1954. 

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4 comments:

  1. Very interesting Dave, thank you. I love the description of the linked waterways. I would love to have taken a canoe & followed that route.
    Regards.

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  2. I love old photographs and first-hand descriptions of the area before 1963 Keith. It would have been so different...

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  3. "GCP" may have been a local grazier from Cuppacumbalong, George Cameron Perry Circuitt. With those fairly unusual initials I am guessing it was him? He sure could write beautifully!

    He was married to Ethel and they had four children; Kate (Kitty), Richard (Dick) Edward (died WW1) and Barbara.

    He retired to Moss Vale and died there in 1954.

    Couldn't find anything else he wrote, so I am delighted you found this for us Dave! Another gem!

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  4. Thank you for the Authors information Lynn, most appreciated! I have added your comment to the post! Cheers Dave

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