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On the Back of Two Sheep: A History of George Solomon Webb and his Family

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 230 pages
Author: C. Lewis
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9780646564067
Other: b&w, appendixes, bibliog, index, fold-out picture
Publisher: Claire Lewis

From the genteel English countryside of Oxfordshire to the harsh Limestone Plains and the rolling Tidbinbilla and Brindabella Ranges comes the story of one of the Canberra region's early pioneers and his descendants. This is the story of George Solomon Webb, convicted of stealing two sheep in 1816 and banished to the penal colony of New South Wales, and, who, on gaining his freedom settled west of the Murrumbidgee River in the area now known as Tidbinbilla.

It is the story of how a pioneering family adapted to the harsh conditions, so different to everything they knew. It is the story of how a lifestyle and a community was carved out from the virgin countryside. It is the story of Webb's descendants and of other settlers coming to the Canberra region, of young people marrying, producing families and transforming a primitive environment into the interland of our nation's capital as we know it today.

The book not only contains a very detailed family history, but it also provides a wealth of information on other pioneering families in the district. For the historian there is an abundance of information on the history on Uriarra, west of Canberra. It is well illustrated with black and white photographs and maps, and not to mention family trees.

List of Illustrations

Part 1. George Solomon Webb
1. Oxfordshire Origins
2. Trial and Exile
3. Servitude and a New Beginning
4. The Limestone Plains
5. The Tidbinbilly Run

Part 2. The Next Generation
6. Eliza
7. George Graham
8. Joseph
9. William
10. Charlotte

Part 3. Life on the Urayarra Run
11. The Urayarra Run
12. Working the Run
13. Murrumbidgee Crossing
14. Social Life
15. An Education for the Children
16. Communication Lines
17. The Urayarra Yowie

Part 4. The Rolfe/Beard Connection
18. Sarah Rolfe's Family

Appendix 1. 1872 Greville's Post Office Directory showing settlers in the Uriarra district
Appendix 2. 1875 Queanbeyan Electoral District showing electors in the Uriarra district
Appendix 3. 1882-83 Queanbeyan Electoral District showing electors in the Uriarra district
Appendix 4. 1891 Census, extracts from parishes in the Uriarra district
Appendix 5. 1903 Eden-Monaro Electoral Roll showing electors in the Uriarra district
Appendix 6. 1906 Eden-Monaro Electoral Roll showing electors in the Uriarra district
Appendix 7. List or scalps paid for by the Queanbeyan Pastures and Stock Protection Board 1887
Appendix 8. Yewen's Directory of Landholders in the Uriarra district 1900


Payment must be made in Australian dollars, and can be paid by cheque, money order or electronic transfer.

Cost of book: $28.00 (exc GST)
Postage within Australia: $12.00 for up to two copies
Postage for outside Australia: please contact for a quote
For orders or inquiries please send details to:
Claire Lewis
1 Dakin Place
Hackett, ACT 2602


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