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16-June-2016
16-June-2016

Photographs supplied by Rod Browton

A sculpture commemorates the first Governor of Western Australia, Captain James Stirling

Captain James Stirling (28 January 1791 – 22 April 1865) was a British naval officer and colonial administrator. His enthusiasm and persistence persuaded the British Government to establish the Swan River Colony and he became the first Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Western Australia.  He landed on Garden Island in 1827 and returned in June, 1829 to found not only the first European settlement in Western Australia, but also the first free colony anywhere in Australia. 

He is chiefly remembered for his exploration of the Swan River, followed by his eventual success in lobbying the British Government to establish a settlement there. On 30 December 1828, he was made Lieutenant-Governor of the colony-to-be. He formally founded the city of Perth and the port of Fremantle and oversaw the development of the surrounding area and on 4 March 1831 he was confirmed as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the new territory, Western Australia, in which post he remained until in 1838 he resumed his naval career.

 

 

Location

Address:H.M.A.S. Stirling Naval Base, Cliff Head, Garden Island, 6168
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.226386
Long: 115.700398
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Colonial
Monument Designer:Ron Browton (Balingup, W.A.)
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…
Source: MA,ADB
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