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Explorer and Pastoralist
Equal partner with Hovell on epoch-making trek from Sydney to Port Phillip.
Born in Parramatta, New South Wales, Hamilton was educated at home. In 1814-16 he undertook his first exploration in the Berrima-Bong Bong district. He accompanied the explorers Throsby and Meehan on their expedition to the same district in 1818; he and Meehan then pressed on to discover Lake Bathurst and the Goulburn Plains. The following year he went with Oxley and Meehan by ship to Jervis Bay in Southern NSW, returning overland to Sydney. In 1821 he discovered the Yass plains, where he was to later retire.
In 1827 Hume was unsuccessful in tracing the route for a Government road over the Blue Mountains. The next year he accompanied Sturt's expedition to the interior of the continent.. Hamilton retired to his pastoral property on the Yass Plains in 1829. A fine bushman, and a friend to the Aborigines, his last years were marred by a petty squabble with Hovell over which of them had discovered the Port Phillip region.
Source: 1000 Famous Australians, Rigby, Adelaide, 1978, p. 26. ISBN 0 7270 0880 3
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