From the Bendigo Advertiser, via the Hamilton Spectator comes a story from 1868 and the Byaduk Caves. It features an M.P., an ungrateful sheep, plenty of action and athletic prowess and a band of impressed onlookers.
James Stewart Butters became Mayor of Melbourne in 1867 at the age of thirty-five. He held the position for a year then moved to the Legislative Assembly in the seat of Portland in 1868, the same year as his feat at the Byaduk Caves. The following year he found himself caught up in a Parliamentary corruption case and was expelled only to return to his seat a few months later. He spent time in Fiji and then returned to Victoria and returned to the Parliament.
The events at Byaduk Caves support his biography by A.C. Milner in the Australian Dictionary of Biography . Milner writes
“…this tall, powerful Scotsman displayed immense energy and a bold sense of adventure. The strands of his character were evident in his mountain climbing in Scotland as a boy, investing in the colonies, sailing alone in a Fiji hurricane and tampering with the proper workings of parliament. But an element of recklessness is easily detected, though a hearty and genial personality saved him from much condemnation during his life”.
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Oh, what a glorious description of this event Merron. e.g. the sheep was “in danger of bidding a long adieu to its friends and relatives”… etc.
Thanks for the sharing…
It is a wonderful article isn’t it? I love the language used in the old newspapers. Wouldn’t hurt some of today’s journo’s to read a few old newspapers at Trove.
Great one Merron. Had to chuckle though at the thought of the current local member trying the same 🙂
Thanks Jackie. The local member now would almost be the current Premier. At least he would have had some vet skills although I think the poor sheep was beyond it. Congratulations on your blog being one of Inside History’s Top 50 Genealogy Blogs 🙂