The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Hovell, Captain William Hilton
Hovell, Captain William Hilton, was born at Yarmouth, on April 26th, 1786, and arrived in Sydney in 1813. After six years of coastal trading, with occasional trips to New Zealand, he gave up the sea, to which he had been brought up, and settled at Narellan, N.S.W., in 1819, where he commenced his career as an explorer, and travelled from Ulladulla to Shoalhaven. Widening the scope of his explorations, he accompanied Mr. Hamilton Hume overland to Port Phillip in 1824, assisted in the settlement at Western Port in 1826, and ultimately took up his residence at Goulburn in 1829. He died, in 1876, in Sydney.