Hamilton Hume (1797 - 1873), by unknown artist, courtesy of State Library of New South Wales. GPO 1 - 18527. .Image Details
HUME, HAMILTON (1797-1873), explorer, was born on 19 June 1797, near Parramatta, New South Wales, the eldest son of Andrew Hamilton Hume and his wife Elizabeth, née Kennedy. An accomplished woman of an equable nature, Elizabeth was a perfect foil for her unpredictable husband, and gave her four children, particularly Hamilton, the rudiments of a sound education. In 1812 the family moved to a grant of 100 acres (40 ha) at Appin. Two years later Hamilton, 17, made his first journey of exploration when, with his brother John and an Aboriginal boy, he reached the Berrima-Bong Bong district. In the next two years Hamilton, leaving the youthful John at home, made two more successful journeys to the same district and penetrated as far as the Bungonia district.
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