Monday, November 22, 2010


Historian Mr Henry Selkirk gives us a detailed look at the life and times of Lt. J.J. Moore (bio) the first settler of Canberra and his subsequent purchase of  the 1000 acre station "Canberry". Moore had quite a life from his beginnings as the son of a gentleman farmer in England through his military service at the Battle of Waterloo, positions of authority in the new colony of New South Wales after immigrating and eventually his development of pastoral enterprises  from the outskirts of Sydney through the Goulburn area to present day Canberra. It is also known that his grazing interests eventually extended through the Monaro district south of Canberra. (J.J Moores Branding Irons)

Again in this article the argument that the area of the Australian Capital Territory was called a native name (today called Canberra) similar phonetically to Camburry as altered by Moore from his original name Canberry of 1823. The article asserts that the name Canberry is Aboriginal and pre-dated European settlement.

Federal Capital Pioneer - 20 August 1926

National Library of Australia

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  1. Did Joshua have a brother William and sister in law (husband & wife)Ellen. Their daughter Amelia Moore who was born at Duntroon in 1862.Amelia Moore married Edward Robert Savage in 1892.The Savage Family is my husbands.

  2. Sorry I can't help you but perhaps another visitor to the site might know and post a reply here in the comments... Cheers Dave

    1. Hello there
      The village of Horningsea recently celebrated his life on Australia after a member of the village visited Horningsea park .
      We were interested in the fact there are mentions of him at Waterloo ,one source stated as an ensign and the other a lieutenant in the 14th regiment of foot (Berkshire)and the south Lincolnshire's 2/69th
      so far I haven't been able to trace him among the regimental lists ,can you put any light on this


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