Save the date to celebrate 180 years of settlement

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Descendants of the Scott and McGregor families call on the community to save the date for celebrations marking 180 years of European settlement in Bunbury.
Camera IconDescendants of the Scott and McGregor families call on the community to save the date for celebrations marking 180 years of European settlement in Bunbury. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

Descendents of the first settlers in Bunbury are encouraging the community to save the date to celebrate 180 years of European settlement in the city.

The Scott and McGregor descendants have been busy planning the historical reunion to be held on December 1.

While descendants of first settlers John and Helen Scott and Mrs Scott’s first son Daniel McGregor are encouraged to attend, the committee planning the event is calling on others with historic stories to come forward.

“Whilst the Scott and McGregor names are linked to the first settlement, subsequent to that there were many other first settlers that came down to grow the region,” committee member and descendant Colin Scott said.

“We’re certainly not being elitist in any way, shape or form and I would say that other people may well come along and say ‘my family was a part of that whole settlement bonanza’.”

While Bunbury was visited by explorers such as Dr Alexander Collie in 1829 and Lieutenant Governor Sir James Stirling in 1830, the Scott and McGregor family first settled in January 1838.

The free event will include food, activities and entertainment throughout the day at Payne Park.

The committee wants to attract as many people as possible and from all demographics.

“It’s a celebration of a significant time event but it’s also a celebration of the ancestry and our common DNA pool, I suppose, which is very large in the region of Bunbury,” Mr Scott said.

“To visit the hardships that they endured in those years and reading their diaries and the writing they produced is extremely enlightening.”

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