Author: Bruce Baskerville
or what on earth was that used for? We often hear that life is changing faster now than at any time in history. This display attempts to identify the loss…
This exhibit features the work of five photographers of the Irwin District whose photographs have been donated to the Irwin Districts Historical Society.The photographers were both professional and amateur, all…
Police in the Irwin were initially used to deal with the conflicts that arose between the indigenous people and the European settlers. In late 1854, Magistrate William Burges made the…
- About the project
- The Participants
- The Comtributors
- Find Your Convict
We know that over 750 convicts were assigned to work in the Irwin Districts.
Here are some of those men’s stories.
- Convict Transport Around The World
- Transportation to Eastern and Western Australia
- Colonising the Victoria District
- Policing and the Dongara Occurrence Books
- Irwin District Convict Mapping
- The Ticket-of-Leave
Men and women from the Irwin District who served in World War I are being documented by the Society. Our researcher, Anne Jefferys, has now discovered 130 men and women who enlisted 41 of whom were killed. Australia lost about 60,000 men in World War I, about 1.3% of the population.The Irwin District’s population was about 400 in 1914, so the loss of 40 lives of young men and women, which amounted to 10% of the population, took a huge toll on the community.The 41 men killed are listed by year.
- Armstrong Burges
- John Joseph Carroll
- Thomas George Carroll
- Martin Duplex
- Reginald Moore
- Denis Du Val
- William Richard Beckett
- Francis Carlton Burges
- Henry Arthur Fletcher
- Cecil Maitland Foss M.C.
- Henry William Morgan
- Archibald Septimus Boniface Tait
European settlement in the Irwin is generally regarded to have occurred in 1851 when Lockier Burges selected the homestead site for “Irwin House” on a gentle slope near the river…