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This located has been identified by the Heritage Council of Western Australia as the Bussell home site [14]
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We do not know the exact date that Bussell first reached Augusta, but one of her letters sent from here is dated 19 October 1834.
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Bussell likely arrived in Augusta in early October 1834. In a letter written to her sister Emily on 19 October 1834, she writes that 'a day and two nights brought us to Augusta beautiful Augusta all well we were met by the darlings on the beach looking so sweet so happy so contented … in spite of the most rude and rustic menage we have passed our days in peace and tranquility … ' [2] John Garratt Bussell and his brothers meanwhile had been clearing land and building a homestead in the Vasse region, on Wadandi Noongar land. Frances Louisa and her daughters awaited joining them there. In the same letter she writes: 'The next time the Ellen comes she will transport us all to the Vasse with the exception of Charles and one of the Girls.' [2]
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