The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Hume, (Alexander) Hamilton

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Hume, (Alexander) Hamilton, F.R.G.S., son of Andrew Hamilton Hume, by his wife, Elizabeth Moore, second daughter of the Rev. John Kennedy, vicar of Sexton and Nettlestead, Kent, was born on June 18th, 1797, at Parramatta, N.S.W. When only seventeen he explored the Berrima district in company with his brother, John Kennedy Hume, and made numerous journeys into the interior, during which he opened up the Yass and Goulburn Plains districts between 1816 and 1824, when he conducted an expedition overland from Sydney to Port Phillip, the party discovering the Tumut, Hume, Mitta Mitta, Ovens, Goulburn, and Hovell rivers en route. They started from Appen on Oct. 2nd, and after finding their progress barred by the Australian Alps, then unnamed, reached Port Phillip on Dec. 17th, accomplishing the return journey to Sydney, viâ Lake George, in a little over a month. In 1828 be acted as second in command of Captain Start's expedition to trace the Macquarie river. Mr. Hume, who was rewarded for his services with grants of land, published in 1855 "A Brief Statement of Facts in connection with an Overland Expedition from Lake George to Port Phillip in 1824." He married Miss Dwight, and died at Yass on April 19th, 1873.