Wooden child's cot, used by Richmond Henty circa 1837. Richmond Henty was born August 3, 1837. The son of Stephen and Jane Henty, he was the first white child born at Portland Bay, Victoria. Mrs Stephen (Jane) Henty is acknowledged as the first white woman to settle permanently in Western Victoria.

The four Henty brothers Edward, Francis, Stephen and John and their families, are credited with establishing the first permanent settlement in what would become the state of Victoria. The Henty's established a permanent settlement at Portland Bay, as well as the settlements of Digby (on Emu Creek) and Hotspur (on the Crawford River) in the late 1830s.

The Henty brothers had intended to follow pastoral pursuits at Portland, however they also found both sperm and black whales so plentiful that Edward and Stephen went into partnership as whalers. In their first season they killed 61 whales and landed 300 tons of oil.

Physical Description

Child's wooden cot painted brown on metal casters. The cot has wooden slats, four turned wooden posts, and is enclosed on three sides and part of the way on the fourth side.

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