Finding Family

One woman's obsession with family history.

In the early years of the Swan River Colony there weren’t a lot of choices with regards to marriage. There may have been more opportunities to meet people whilst living in Perth but, if you were living in rural areas, the opportunities may have been few and far between. Those people struggling to find a …

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On Saturday, 5 January 1833, one of the earliest Western Australian newspapers, The Perth Gazette and Western Australian Journal, was printed and distributed to the Swan River Colony. Edited by Charles Macfaull, Volume I, number I, was four pages long and cost one shilling. The Colony was still in its infancy (having only been established …

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An afternoon spent wandering in Fremantle admiring the historical buildings has inspired me to look into the earliest history of Western Australia’s port town. Though all the buildings provide fascinating glimpses of history, I once again found myself eagerly climbing the steps to take a closer look at the Roundhouse. While standing in front of …

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Before the settlement of the Swan River Colony, Captain James Stirling was instructed to ensure that land be put aside for public requirements such as roads, churches and cemeteries. He followed his orders and some months after their arrival, John Septimus Roe surveyed the land and decided that the burial grounds should be located high …

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