"The Strzelecki story" Boolarra Things to Do Tip by iandsmith
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How one can hope to put this amazing man's story into a couple of VT pages beggars the imagination, but I'll do my best.
The self titled "Count" came from Poland after he was 40, Paul Edmund de Strzelecki was his full name but he was not of aristocratic descent, his parents only having a small holding in his native country where he was born in 1797.
Unhappy with military discipline, he abandoned that career and planned an elopement with a 15 year old but she was intercepted on her way to their secret meeting place.
Strzelecki left the district and managed a wealthy estate before leaving Poland in 1830 and heading to England, from where he travelled widely around Great Britain, the Americas, the South Sea Islands and New Zealand before landing in Sydney in late 1839.
Whilst travelling the fledgling colony of New South Wales he discovered gold near Hartley and Wellington but Governor Gipps bade him keep it a secret as he feared the repercussions a rush would bring.
In 1840, along with James McArthur, he set out on an extraordinary journey heading for Port Phillip (Melbourne) and then Tasmania. As early as February 15th he had reached, climbed and named Mount Kosciusko (after a famous Polish patriot) and then pushed further south.
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