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Augusta was founded in 1830. In March of that year, a number of settlers, including John Molloy and members of the Bussell and Turner families, had arrived at the Swan River Colony on board Warrior. On their arrival the Lieutenant-Governor Captain James Stirling advised them that most of the good land near the Swan River had already been granted, and suggested that they form a new sub-colony in the vicinity of Cape Leeuwin.
The following month, Stirling sailed with a party of prospective settlers on board Emily Taylor. After arriving at the mouth of the Blackwood River, the party spent four days exploring the area. Stirling then confirmed his decision to establish a sub-colony, the settlers' property was disembarked, and the town of Augusta declared at the site.
Stirling named the town in honour of Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, the sixth son of George III, due to its location within Sussex County, one of the 26 counties of Western Australia that were designated in 1829 as cadastral divisions.

References and Links

'Augusta in 1833: From the Diary of Mrs Nancy McDermott', Early Days, vol. 1, part 4, 1929.

Barry, Bernice 2015, The Mind that Shines, Redgate Consultants. [bio of Georgiana Molloy]

Hasluck Mrs Paul [Alexandra Hasluck] 1952, 'The two Dawson families of Augusta and Busselton', Early Days, vol. 4, part 4.

Hasluck, Alexandra 1955, Georgiana Molloy: Portrait with Background, OUP, Melbourne; republ. FACP 1990.

McDermott, J. M. 1930, 'The Turners at Augusta, 1830-1850', Early Days, vol. 1, part 8.

Pickering, W. G. 1929, 'The letters of Georgiana Molloy', Early Days, vol. 1, part 4.

Watson, Rose 1969, 'The Allnutts of Australind, Bridgetown and Augusta', Early Days, Vol. 7, Part 1.

Watson, Rose 1973, 'James Woodward Turner of Augusta', Early Days, vol. 7, part 5.

See also: Georgina Molloy, Lt John Molloy.

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