Hume & Hovel

Explorers Hume and Hovell, NSW

"Were they the first white people to see the Blowering Valley?"

By the 1820's various explorers had extended the boundaries of the Colony of New South Wales but the nature of the interior of south-eastern Australia was unknown. Governor Brisbane wanted an expedition mounted to investigate the quality of the land between Lake George and Westernport on the southern coast of the continent. Hamilton Hume was recommended to him as a competent and experienced bushman and explorer. He was joined by William Hovell an Englishman who had been a ship's captain.

The journey commenced on 3rd October 1824. The party comprised Hume and Hovell and six assigned men seeking tickets of leave. In order to reach Westernport, the explorers endeavoured to follow a south-westerly routes on every possible occasion, travelling along the western edge of the Great Dividing Range and over the plains toward what would become Albury.

After ingeniously crossing the Murray River by building a raft using a tarpaulin, they continued on, reaching Port Phillip on 16th December 1824, at the present site of Geelong. The poor state of their provisions forced them to set out on the return journey almost immediately.

They arrived at Hume's outstation near Lake George on 18th January 1825, completing one of the Colony's most significant explorations. They had travelled more than 1900 kilometres on foot, in only 16 weeks, and in doing so had discovered some of the most fertile land on the continent.

The Governor, who was under instruction to expand the boundaries of the Colony, was able to exploit the achievements of the small party and settlement quickly followed - Ref -

To Cooma Cottage, Gunning - per Bill Peach - Home of Australian explorer Hamilton HUME - 756 Yass Valley Way, YASS. NSW. 2582. (PO BOX 98) - - - T: 02 6226 1470 F: 02 6226 3024

To Traveller's School Research Programme - An interactive education program for primary students


To Hamilton HUME Walking Track

To Hume & Hovell's Walking Track

To Hume Yass Council experience

To Hamilton HUME - Biography

To Walking Track Group - Blowering area map

To Another interesting account

To Australian History

To Hovell - History

To Hamilton Hume's PHOTO Collection

To HUME & HOVELL - First to see Albury District

To HOVELL - Grave & More story

To HOVELL - Grave & More story

To Trip into Victoria

To Hume Activities Report - (Mr Gormly)

To Hume Newspaper Report of Trip

To Hume Newspaper Report - 1873

To Hume Death

To Mr Thomas BOYD


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