Captain Robert Gardiner

Production date
1990s: reproduction
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Production date
1990s: reproduction
Framed reproduction of an 1885 photograph of Captain Robert Gardiner. A brass label below the image reads "CAPTAIN ROBERT GARDINER/ BORN DUNBAR SCOTLAND/ 20-5-1812/ Lived during his early life/ in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Eng./ First Settler in Berwick - 1838/ Died in South Yarra - 1889"

The first European settler in the Berwick area is generally regarded to be Terence O’Connor who took up the Cardinia Creek lease in 1838. Some sources credit Captain Robert Gardiner (1812-1889) as being the first European settler.

Gardiner's family connection to Berwick-upon-Tweed, a town in Northumberland, England, gave Berwick District its name. In 1837 Captain Gardiner took on a pastoral lease south of Berwick, on the Cardinia Creek. In 1853 Berwick Perish Plans, his property, Melville Park, was mapped and quantified to be over 1350 hectares (3300 acres).
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reproduction print of monotone silver gelatine photograph
24.0 x 17.7 cm (image), 44.0 x 35.1 x 1.4 cm (frame)
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No marks or inscriptions.
Photography credit (first image)
Photograph: Viki Petherbridge
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