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Port Campbell was named after a whaler, Captain Alexander Campbell, who sheltered in the bay during a storm in the 1840ís.  Whalers were to visit this region for many years before the first permanent settlers arrived in the early 1870ís.

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Shipwreck Coast 
The Early Days
Port Campbell 
Port Campbell was named after a whaler, Captain Alexander Campbell, who sheltered in the bay during a storm in the 1840ís.  Whalers were to visit this region for many years before the first permanent settlers arrived in the early 1870ís. Port Campbell was surveyed and laid out in 1875 by Horace Walker, and the port was established a few years later.
In 1879-80 a jetty was built and trade started with Warrnambool, soon after this trade with Port Phillip Bay was established.  The postal service commenced in 1874, buildings were erected and in 1892 a rail link to Timboon was made.
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The most well known shipwreck along this part of the coast is the iron clipper "Loch Ard" whose tragedy unfolded in june 1878. There were 36 crew and 17 passengers on board of which only two survived, Eva Carmichael who lost seven members of her family and Tom Pearce, the bodies of only two of  Eva Carmichaelís family were recovered. They and two members of the crew lie in the cliff top cemetery above the gorge. The story of the wreck is told on a plaque above the gorge.
Several days after the Loch Ard sank, a wooden crate was found amongst the debris. Inside was a life sized porcelain peacock which was to be exhibited in Melbourne. It is now on exhibition at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village in Warrnambool.

Princetown

Princetown is situated close to the mouth of the Gellibrand River, Princetown was named after Prince Alfred. People started to settle in Princetown around 1878 when  news of the Loch Ard shipping disaster, and the Schomberg shipwreck attracted people to the area. Today Princetown forms the western boundary of the Otway National Park and the eastern boundary of the Port campbell National Park.
 
 
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