Clarence Town was a pioneer settlement of over 400 people established late December 1829 for Thomas Peel’s Land Settlement Scheme. The site was recommended by Governor Stirling as suitable for the landing of stores and perhaps for the establishment of a township. There has been debate as to the exact location of Clarence Town, but it is thought to have been at Mount Brown rather … Continue reading Clarence Town
Thomas Peel, born in Lancashire in 1793, was part of a wealthy family which had made money from cotton manufacturing. Perhaps wishing to better himself socially, the young Thomas decided not to join the family firm but chose instead to work with a firm of attorneys. After living briefly in Scotland, he moved to London with his wife and children with the intention of emigrating … Continue reading Thomas Peel, a leader or a loser?