Pre 1830

Early contact and colonisation

Cartoon by Oslo Davis Cartoon by Oslo Davis
Source: Museum Victoria
 

In the beginning, Bunjil created this land and the life within it. He created people and gave them law.

Port Phillip Bay is formed about 10,000 years ago.

Convict transportation from Britain to New South Wales starts in 1788.

From 1803 to 1835, Wathaurong people shelter William Buckley, an escapee from a failed convict settlement at Sorrento.

By the late 1820s, British people are trekking overland from New South Wales.

Whaling and sealing activity is thriving along the coast in the 1820s.

Aus Pop (1830):70,039
Vic Pop: No census Figures taken from Colonial and Commonwealth censuses and exclude Aborigines until 1971.
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  • Love Token - William Adams, Australia, 1834
  • Love Token - Elizabeth Bird, England, Great Britain, 1810
  • Love Token - 'TS', 'Love & Live Happy', Great Britain, circa 1800
  • Love Token - William Maskell, England, Great Britain, 1818
  • Bonnet - Calash, Elizabeth Cook, 1760-1835
  • Canoe - Woi wurrung, Yarra Canoe, Bark, Melbourne, circa 1860s
 

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