WFE Liardet

Join this Vicfix campaign to trace the life of one of Port Melbourne's founding residents

Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About WFE Liardet

Captain Wilbraham Frederick Evelyn Liardet made a huge contribution not only to Melbourne's foundation but also to its self-image, capturing the early settlement in his charming watercolours. Liardet settled on the sands of Hobsons Bay in late 1839 and went straight to work, constructing a jetty and hotel, and establishing a mail and ferry service.

Newspaper reports trace the evolution of Liardet's Beach into a flourishing suburb, and detail the memorials, memories and centenary celebrations devoted to the pioneer artist and settler who is still popularly known as the founder of Port Melbourne.

Donate to our appeal

Find out about our campaign to raise funds to purchase WFE Liardet's vibrant watercolour, View of the north shore.

Contribute to this Vicfix campaign – it's easy!

  • Choose an article listed below and click through to correct it on Trove (see our How-to guide).
  • Add our tag 'vicfix-done' once the whole article is fixed.
  • Share what you've fixed with friends and family.
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Correct articles from one of our other Vicfix correction campaigns.

Mid-19th-century buildings jostle for space on the beach in this detail of Liardet's watercolour

Great news: all the articles in this campaign are fixed! Explore them by clicking on the 'Fixed articles' tab, or choose a newspaper article to fix in one of our other Vicfix correction campaigns.