Historical information

This book gives details on early whaling in Victoria, the early history of Port Fairy and Portland, shipwrecks along the western coast of Victoria and the story of the Mahogany Ship. The author, Vanda Savill, lived at Heywood on a dairy farm and had the Bower Birds Nest Museum and Natural History Centre and produced local history books over a period of 20 years.


This book is of some interest as it details the early history of the areas of Port Fairy and Portland and includes the story of the Mahogany Ship which is a topic of interest to many today. The handwritten material is also of interest as an example of Vanda Savill’s work in compiling local Western District history.

Physical description

This is a paper back book of 176 pages. The pages are bound together. The cover is blue card with silver-coloured wording and illustrations of whales. There are 829 photographs and illustrations. The historical material contained in the pages is handwritten and photocopied.

Inscriptions & markings

Front cover: Captain James Wishart in Port Fairy – 170 years ago! Yours Truly, Vanda Savill, Dear friends, ‘Tha’ She Blows’, Old ships, old salts and old days of sealing & whaling, old explorers, old discoveries, old shipwrecks – The Mahogany Ship!