Joseph Hardey Essay

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Around 1829 as a few of the first settlers arrived at the Swan river Colony (SRC), many disliked the colony. Even though many moved on or remained at Fremantle for further instruction or guidance, Joseph Hardey who arrived at the SRC in 1830, saw this is as an opportunity. He was a fastidious, strong-willed man and managed to persuade Stirling to grant him and his family land by the Swan River. This in turn, allowed Joseph Hardey to contribute to the early developments of the SRC.Although not much is known about his social life, one may derive from his diary entries that although he was not a passionate man in regards to his family, he was rather passionate about his religion as he was a methodist lay preacher. This is highlighted throughout his rather short diary entries. "I spoke in the evening to upwards of 50 people, I believe the first time they have been addressed by the Methodist at Fremantle." His role as a lay preacher allowed him to be able to give sermons, which many people attended at the time.At this early time in founding the SRC, he helped the people have faith and set an example through his strict morals and teachings.Through his rural grant, Joseph Hardey managed to build a house on the Peninsula. Originally this was intended for a race-course. But by leasing the grant, it was in a way encouraging other settlers to stay and build the infant colony. Although he was a Methodist, he and his brother John Wall Hardey decided to develop and grow grapes which evolved into a wine business. Eventually, he managed to open and run several shops in the area. He was successful in this area of business.After a period of time, he managed to develop a new 'law' which benefited his business profusely. That is, after a set time, pubs would close early so as to prevent drunk husbands coming home to beat their wives. Instead, they could go to one of his shops and purchase a bottle of wine for home. One may conclude that ending result would be the same....

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