Bussell family were a family of early settlers in
colonial Western Australia. Four members of the Bussell family emigrated
from England to Western
Australia in 1831, with more members following in the next few
years. On arriving in Western Australia, the
Bussells found that all of the good farm land
around Perth and Fremantle had already been granted, and were
advised by the Governor, Sir James Stirling, to form
a sub-colony in the vicinity of Cape Leeuwin. The Bussells first settled in the Augusta area, but met with little success.
number of exploring expeditions, John
Bussell discovered good farm land in the Vasse, and the family moved there in 1834.
of Busselton is named in their honour.
Many of the Bussells were prolific letter-writers, and much of
their correspondence has been preserved. These letters provide an
outstanding record of the lives of a class of settler that were
largely neglected by contemporary historians and record-keepers.
Consequently they have been much studied by modern
August 2007, The West Australian
Newspaper reported that the J S Battye Library had paid a possible WA record $91,000 at auction
for the personal diaries of Vernon Bussell.
Members of the Bussell family include:
- Frances Louisa Bussell
- her first son John Bussell,
explorer and MLC
- her second son William Bussell (who did not emigrate with the
rest of the family)
- her third son Lenox Bussell
- her fourth son Charles Bussell
- her fifth son Joseph Vernon Bussell (known as Vernon Bussell)
- her sixth son Alfred Bussell,
explorer and MLC
- her first daughter Mary Bussell
- her second daughter Frances Bussell
- her third daughter Elizabeth "Bessie" Bussell
niece Capel Carter, after whom is named the Capel River and the town and
Shire of Capel.
- Taylor, Robert. Diaries set a record,
The West Australianp.12,
Shann, Edward O. G. (1926) Cattle Chosen
University Press, London. Republished in 1978 by University of
Western Australia Press, Nedlands, Western Australia. ISBN