William Moir of ‘Fanny’s Cove’ found a few specks of alluvial gold while heading in the direction of Dundas in search of pastoral country.
James Maclean Dempster died on the 29th April, after suffering a fall.
George Burns Scott built Duralinya homestead for Stephen Ponton. He was helped with the construction of the homestead by Heinrick Dimer. The homestead was situated on the opposite side of the Balladonia track to where the Brooks homestead was located.
After Emily’s death, Andrew returned to their Esperance Homestead but departed Esperance Bay, taking his family and Granny Clay (Mrs Clay had been Emily’s life- long companion). The oldest sons of Andrew and Emily, James Maclean and William Edward, were left in charge at Esperance Bay until a manager was engaged.
George Henry Bostock was appointed manager for the Dempster brothers’ Pastoral Station at Esperance Bay. Bostock was accompanied by his brother Norman, his bride Emma, and their infant, and their maid servant, Annie. The party sailed from Albany in the schooner Agnes, skippered by Captain Fred Douglas. They reached Esperance Bay in September.