# 41842

WESTGARTH, William

Personal recollections of early Melbourne & Victoria. (Presentation copy for the Town Clerk of Melbourne)

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Melbourne and Sydney : George Robertson & Company, 1888. Small octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (upper board with a few small stains, lower board heavily stained); frontispiece lithographed portrait of Edward Henty, plus a lithographed plate of Fawkner; 178 pp; a fine copy. Includes discussion of Aboriginal inhabitants. Title-page with a signed presentation inscription from the author, dated 1 October 1888, for Edmund Gerald FitzGibbon Esq., Town Clerk of Melbourne.

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Edmund Gerald FitzGibbon CMG (1825-1905) was a barrister from County Cork, Ireland, who arrived in Melbourne in 1852. He served as Town Clerk of Melbourne from 1856 until 1891, when he was appointed full-time chairman of the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works. In 1882, the Victorian government botanist, Ferdinand von Mueller, named Lasiopetalum fitzgibbonii in his honour. He was created a CMG in 1892.