Bunbury First Settlers' Descendants Group to hold 'family reunion' in December

We are family: Preparing for the reunion event on December 1, Bunbury's First Settlers' Descendants Group members have taken huge steps to preserve their family histories. Photo: Thomas Munday.
We are family: Preparing for the reunion event on December 1, Bunbury's First Settlers' Descendants Group members have taken huge steps to preserve their family histories. Photo: Thomas Munday.

Members of Bunbury’s First Settlers’ Descendants Group will hold a ‘family reunion’ event on December 1 at PC Payne Park. 

The event will acknowledge the descendants of John and Helen Scott as well as Helen’s first son, Daniel McGregor. 

Bunbury’s First Settlers’ Descendants Group chairman Geoffrey Scott said the event has been talked about for the past four years. 

He said it would celebrate and look back through 180 years of European settlement in Bunbury. 

“I suppose you could call it a celebration, most of us are from different branches of the families,” he said. 

“There were two Scott boys and a Daniel McGregor, who was the first-born son of Helen Scott. 

“We’re all descendants of those three boys.”

Bunbury’s First Settlers’ Descendants Group member Colin Scott said they seeked to help people learn about Bunbury’s development. 

“Ancestry issues are a big topic at the moment and the growth of products like Ancestry.com reflect that,” he said. 

“We hope to gain the traction of a younger crowd as well.

“It’s a celebration of a significant time and the ancestry/common DNA pool in Bunbury, which is very large.” 

Daniel McGregor and Robert Scott were found to be the first original settlers of Bunbury, coming to Eelup in 1838. 

John Scott Snr., Helen Scott, John Scott jr., and William Scott came to the region, alongside Governor James Stirling, after Daniel and Robert had arrived. 

The group said they were greatly determined to learn more about each family’s accomplishments. 

“When you look at what they achieved, it’s quite staggering what they went through to build a settlement out of basically nothing,” Colin said.  

Looking for more information about their efforts? Visit the Bunbury’s First Settlers’ Descendants Facebook group or contact bfsdg1838@iinet.net.au

Information about the Scott and McGregor families is available at the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre. 

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