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Near Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia
 

Captain John Griffiths

1801-1881

 
 
In Memory of Captain John Griffiths 1801 - 1881 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jenny Beacham, February 1, 2012
1. In Memory of Captain John Griffiths 1801 - 1881 Marker
Inscription. In Memory of Captain John Griffiths 1801 - 1881

This island is named after him and he was responsible for bringing the first White settlers from Launceston, Tasmania to Portland Bay and Port Fairy Victoria.

He established the first major whaling station at Portland in 1833 and later established a larger whaling station on this island, in 1836.

An entrepreneur, his activities included ship-builder, ship-owner, intercolonial trader, merchant, farmer, whaler, sailor, brewer, flour-miller, and landowner.
 
Erected 1985 by Tasmanian Descendants of Captain John Griffiths.
 
Location. 38° 23.455′ S, 142° 15.24′ E. Marker is near Port Fairy, Victoria. Marker is on Griffiths Island just east of Ocean Drive, on the left. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Fairy, Victoria 3284, Australia.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. SS Casino (approx. 1.2 kilometers away).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers

 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jenny Beacham of Hepburn Springs, Victoria. This page has been viewed 1,189 times since then and 42 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Jenny Beacham of Hepburn Springs, Victoria. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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