Robert Clark Morgan. Whaling Sea Captain – little-known figure of early South Australian History

Monday 15 October 2012

Robert Clark Morgan. Whaling Sea Captain – little-known figure of early South Australian History

Presented by Dorothy Heinrich

On 27 July 1836 Robert Clark Morgan brought the first official settlers to Kangaroo Island on board the whaling ship [i]Duke of York[/i]. After a stay of eight weeks the vessel departed for the Pacific whaling grounds, in the course of which Morgan faced the dangers of the whale hunt, crew desertions and a convict-led attack on the ship. The [i]Duke of York[/i] also struck a reef and not all who scrambled into the boats returned safely.

Dorothy Heinrich has an interest in writing and travel and in 2006 published a family history [i]Ada’s Story[/i] which won the South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society’s TT 2007 Reed award. In the course of research for this history she uncovered the intriguing tale of the Robert Clark Morgan and his ship and the end result was another book, [i]The Man who hunted whales: a tale of Kangaroo Island and a doomed ship[/i].

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Robert Clark Morgan. Whaling Sea Captain – little-known figure of early South Australian History

Presented by Dorothy Heinrich

On 27 July 1836 Robert Clark Morgan brought the first official settlers to Kangaroo Island on board the whaling ship…

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