Captain ‘Old King’ Cole: from Port Phillip Pioneer to Victorian Patriarch
Oct 16, 2018
John Botham
Captain ‘Old King’ Cole: from Port Phillip Pioneer to Victorian Patriarch

 

Captain George Ward Cole arrived in Melbourne in 1840 following a career in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, including the sacking of Washington, and in the merchant marine. He was prominent in early Melbourne society, marrying into the McCrae family and building one of the first houses in Brighton, St Ninian's. Cole built the first private wharf on the bank of the Yarra, known as Cole’s Wharf, and developed shipping facilities in Port Phillip, providing sea transport both locally and to other colonies. He served on the Legislative Council for 20 years.

The illustrated talk tells the story of the building of Cole's Wharf, his Napoleonic War exploits, his life in early Melbourne, his entrepreneurial activities and work as a respected politician.

Photo Credit: Picture Victoria

Chair: Gordon Cheyne