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NEW BOOK! Families of the Mount

Following the publication in 2009 of 'Women of the Mount' which profiled forty pioneer women of the Mortlake district, MDHS has now produced its second volume chronicling the lives of the district's earliest pioneers. The book is 300 pages and profiles 120 families and individuals who settled in the district between 1839 and 1880. Combined the two volumes are an encyclopaedia of the earliest years of settlement in the Mortlake district. The book was launched at Mortlake in October 2010. The image on the cover of the book shows detail from a painting of Mount Shadwell produced by Mortlake artist William Aris Alen in 1925. In this pastoral scene Alen depicted the mount as he imagined it would have looked in the early years of settlement, the slopes still lightly timbered and the early settlers' homes and farms dotting the landscape. Price: $45 plus postage and handling. Also available in CD format. For orders email MDHS from the Home page.
Richard Jackson, Mortlake's first Common School teacher
Image Joseph Lowe, one of Mortlake's earliest merchants
Donald and Isabella McDonald, early settlers of Woorndoo
Image John and Jane Louttit who settled at Mortlake in the 1860s