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James WHALANAge: 48 years18061854

Name
James WHALAN
Given names
James
Surname
WHALAN
Birth March 5, 1806 33
Marriage of parentsCharles WHALANElizabeth BERRYView this family
Type: Religious marriage
about 1810 (Age 3 years)
Address: St. Phillip's
Religion: Church of England
Citation details: 63/1810 V181063 5 WHALAN CHARLES BERRY ELIZABETH CA
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951/1810 V1810951 3A WHALAN CHARLES BERRY ELIZABETH CA

Birth of a brotherCharles WHALAN
May 19, 1811 (Age 5 years)
Citation details: WHALAN CHARLES 213/1811 V1811213 5 CHARLES ELIZABETH
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WHALAN CHARLES 2453/1811 V18112453 1A CHARLES ELIZABETH

Birth of a sisterSarah WHALAN
about 1814 (Age 7 years)
Citation details: WHALAN SARAH 356/1814 V1814356 7 CHARLES ELIZABETH
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WHALAN SARAH 3413/1814 V18143413 1A CHARLES ELIZABETH

Birth of a brotherMacquarie WHALAN
about 1816 (Age 9 years)
Citation details: WHALAN MACQUARIE 609/1816 V1816609 7 CHARLES ELIZABETH
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WHALAN MACQUARIE 4064/1816 V18164064 1B CHARLES ELIZABETH

Birth of a brotherCampbell WHALAN
June 13, 1819 (Age 13 years)
Citation details: WHALAN CAMPBELL 188/1819 V1819188 8 CHARLES ELIZABETH
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WHALAN CAMPBELL 6093/1819 V18196093 1B CHARLES ELIZABETH

Birth of a brotherJohn WHALAN
about 1821 (Age 14 years)
Citation details: WHALAN JOHN 228/1821 V1821228 6 CHARLES ELIZABETH
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WHALAN JOHN M 410/1821 V1821410 8 CHARLES ELIZABETH WHALAN JOHN 5587/1821 V18215587 1B CHARLES ELIZABETH WHALAN JOHN 5597/1821 V18215597 1B CHARLES ELIZABETH WHALAN JOHN M 5708/1821 V18215708 1B CHARLES ELIZABETH

Religious marriageLydia DARGINView this family
about 1831 (Age 24 years)
Address: Scots Church
Religion: Presbyterian
Citation details: 176/1831 V1831176 73A WHALAN JAMES DARGIN LYDIA JA
Marriage of a siblingCharles WHALANElizabeth HARPERView this family
Type: Religious marriage
about 1836 (Age 29 years)
Address: St. Andrew's
Religion: Presbyterian
Citation details: 2860/1836 V18362860 74A WHALAN CHARLES HARPER ELIZABETH JB
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149/1836 V1836149 75 WHALAN CHARLES HARPER ELIZABETH JB

Publication: Lithgow Mercury (NSW : 1898 - 1954), Friday 12 May 1899, page 6
Birth of a brotherCharles WHALAN
about 1837 (Age 30 years)
Citation details: WHALAN CHARLES 603/1837 V1837603 21 CHARLES ELIZABETH
Discovery of Jenolan Caves 1838 (Age 31 years)
Publication: Lithgow Mercury (NSW : 1898 - 1954)
Citation details: Friday 7 April 1899, page 5
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THE DISCOVERY OF JENOLAN CAVES.

To the Editor.

Sir,—In your issue of the 31st March, '99, I see a scrap from Mr. A. S. Whalan re the discovery of Jenolan Caves. James Whalan is the real discoverer of Jenolan Caves. It was after he captured the bushranger McEwen, who robbed his team of the bullock bows and chains at a place known as Coogie Flat, near Gingkin. Mr. James Whalan, with the assistance of a police officer and Jerh Beale, tracked McEwen to the top of the range above his camp, when they saw the smoke of his fire. They camped for the night ; the descent was made in the morning, when they captured McEwen, whom they secured and handed over to the authorities. James Whalan returned to his camp to try and find some of his property, which included bullock bows and chains, horses, and a steel mill which were used at that time to grind wheat for the Government men told off to James Whalan to serve their time. When he got to the hut where they had taken him he followed the valley down to within about ¾ of a mile of the caves. He left his horse and walked down, it being impossible to get his horse with him. He then went through the archways ; finding he could not get down the river further he went about the daylight caves and returned to his horse, and could not get any of his property. When it was reported McEwen was taken, a stockman at Lowther got a blackfellow to take him to McEwen's camp, and he took the steel mill away between the time Whalan had taken McEwen and when he returned to look for his stolen property. Whalan heard of the mill being taken and went and identified it by a No. 8 on one of the bolts. When McEwen robbed Whalan he always packed what he took on Whalan's horses. When he got near his camp he killed the horses so that they would not track the horses back and find him. I was told this by Whalan's stockman, James Campbell, after-wards in 1855 ; so that James Whalan was the real discoverer of Jenolan Caves, in 1841, and the first man to enter them. When he returned he told people that he had been at the end of the world in the Devil's Coach-house, so that is how it got its name. Jerh Beale, who tracked McEwen, told me all they had done from starting to track. They did not see the caves until after the capture of McEwen. Mr. J. Whalan searched several times for his bullock harness and his horses. When I heard that McEwen took the bullock bows and chains I did not believe he carried them so far, but when exploring about fourteen years ago I found the bullock bows, six bows, two pairs of iron hinges, and two harrow pins, planted in a cave. There are scores of people who have seen them in the cave since I discovered it. This is the true account of the discovery of Jenolan Caves, and as I have been exploring them since 1855, I have collected the particulars from eye witnesses as to James Whalan's work and the robbery at his house by McEwen. I have taken a great delight in the exploring of the caves and everything in connection with their discovery, etc., before my time here. Kindly publish the above in the interest of the readers of your valuable paper, of which I am a constant reader. - Yours, etc.

 J. Wilson.

Jenolan Caves, April 4.

Death of a fatherCharles WHALAN
April 18, 1839 (Age 33 years)
Marriage of a siblingCampbell WHALANEliza BOOTHView this family
Type: Religious marriage
January 29, 1840 (Age 33 years)
Address: St. John's
Religion: Church of England
Citation details: 287/1840 V1840287 24B WHALAN CAMPBELL BOOTH ELIZA CB
Publication: New South Wales, Australia, St. John's Parramatta, Marriages, 1790-1966
Death August 6, 1854 (Age 48 years)
Citation details: WHALAN JAMES 1906/1854 V18541906 41A AGE 49
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father
mother
Marriage: about 1810Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
-4 years
himself
James WHALAN
Birth: March 5, 1806 33Parramatta, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 6, 1854Bathurst, , New South Wales, Australia
5 years
younger brother
4 years
younger sister
3 years
younger brother
3 years
younger brother
Campbell WHALAN
Birth: June 13, 1819 46Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 8, 1895Oberon, , New South Wales, Australia
3 years
younger brother
17 years
younger brother
Family with Lydia DARGIN - View this family
himself
James WHALAN
Birth: March 5, 1806 33Parramatta, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 6, 1854Bathurst, , New South Wales, Australia
wife
Lydia DARGIN
Birth: August 28, 1817 47 51Windsor, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: January 28, 1884Oberon, , New South Wales, Australia
Marriage: about 1831Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
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wife’s husband
wife
Lydia DARGIN
Birth: August 28, 1817 47 51Windsor, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: January 28, 1884Oberon, , New South Wales, Australia
Marriage: about 1878Orange, , New South Wales, Australia

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Citation details: 176/1831 V1831176 73A WHALAN JAMES DARGIN LYDIA JA
Discovery of Jenolan CavesNewspaper - Lithgow Mercury
Publication: Lithgow Mercury (NSW : 1898 - 1954)
Citation details: Friday 7 April 1899, page 5
Text:

THE DISCOVERY OF JENOLAN CAVES.

To the Editor.

Sir,—In your issue of the 31st March, '99, I see a scrap from Mr. A. S. Whalan re the discovery of Jenolan Caves. James Whalan is the real discoverer of Jenolan Caves. It was after he captured the bushranger McEwen, who robbed his team of the bullock bows and chains at a place known as Coogie Flat, near Gingkin. Mr. James Whalan, with the assistance of a police officer and Jerh Beale, tracked McEwen to the top of the range above his camp, when they saw the smoke of his fire. They camped for the night ; the descent was made in the morning, when they captured McEwen, whom they secured and handed over to the authorities. James Whalan returned to his camp to try and find some of his property, which included bullock bows and chains, horses, and a steel mill which were used at that time to grind wheat for the Government men told off to James Whalan to serve their time. When he got to the hut where they had taken him he followed the valley down to within about ¾ of a mile of the caves. He left his horse and walked down, it being impossible to get his horse with him. He then went through the archways ; finding he could not get down the river further he went about the daylight caves and returned to his horse, and could not get any of his property. When it was reported McEwen was taken, a stockman at Lowther got a blackfellow to take him to McEwen's camp, and he took the steel mill away between the time Whalan had taken McEwen and when he returned to look for his stolen property. Whalan heard of the mill being taken and went and identified it by a No. 8 on one of the bolts. When McEwen robbed Whalan he always packed what he took on Whalan's horses. When he got near his camp he killed the horses so that they would not track the horses back and find him. I was told this by Whalan's stockman, James Campbell, after-wards in 1855 ; so that James Whalan was the real discoverer of Jenolan Caves, in 1841, and the first man to enter them. When he returned he told people that he had been at the end of the world in the Devil's Coach-house, so that is how it got its name. Jerh Beale, who tracked McEwen, told me all they had done from starting to track. They did not see the caves until after the capture of McEwen. Mr. J. Whalan searched several times for his bullock harness and his horses. When I heard that McEwen took the bullock bows and chains I did not believe he carried them so far, but when exploring about fourteen years ago I found the bullock bows, six bows, two pairs of iron hinges, and two harrow pins, planted in a cave. There are scores of people who have seen them in the cave since I discovered it. This is the true account of the discovery of Jenolan Caves, and as I have been exploring them since 1855, I have collected the particulars from eye witnesses as to James Whalan's work and the robbery at his house by McEwen. I have taken a great delight in the exploring of the caves and everything in connection with their discovery, etc., before my time here. Kindly publish the above in the interest of the readers of your valuable paper, of which I am a constant reader. - Yours, etc.

 J. Wilson.

Jenolan Caves, April 4.

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Citation details: WHALAN JAMES 1906/1854 V18541906 41A AGE 49