This talk explores the reasons for a settlement being established on the banks of the Yarra River in 1835 and the subsequent development of the rich pastoral hinterland that became the Port Phillip District of New South Wales and later the colony of Victoria.
The talk highlights La Trobe’s vision for the colony and the difficulties of administering the rapidly growing settlement and the unmanageable chaos following the gold discoveries.
Presenter: Daryl Ross
Daryl is a retired business executive.
His great grandfather, Louis Ernest Leuba, one of the many Neuchâtel Swiss vignerons encouraged by CJ La Trobe to settle in Victoria, arrived in 1854.
His other maternal great grandfather, Henri Frédéric Paris, also from Neuchâtel, settled in Melbourne in 1890.
Daryl’s family associations with Neuchâtel, the Swiss home of Sophie La Trobe, triggered his well-developed interest in the ‘La Trobe era’ in Victoria.
Contact Daryl for information and booking.