Gilbert, the Tassie tabby

On this day …….. 30th of August 1835

The first cat to arrive in what would become the state of Victoria arrived on this day in 1835 on board the Enterprize. Enterprize set sail on her historic voyage from Launceston on July 21, 1835, stopping at George Town in northern Tasmania before arriving at the future site of Melbourne on August 30th. The cat belonged to Mary Gilbert with of James the blacksmith. The cat was known as Gilbert, the Tassie tabby.