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Monument commemorates Major Edmund Lockyer.
The British Government ordered a settlement to be founded at King George III Sound in part to prevent the French establishing a hold on the Australian continent, but mainly because of growing dissatisfaction with the convict settlement at Port Macquarie in New South Wales. The Brig Amity sailed from Sydney on November 9th 1826, carrying a party under the command of Major Edmund Lockyer, who was ordered to form a settlement at King George Sound. The bring reached Princess Royal Harbour on Christmas Day 1826, but no-one was put ashore until the next morning. The settlement party comprised of 23 convicts – mostly tradesman, 18 rank & file soldiers, a sergeant, a captain, a surgeon, a storekeeper and the commander Major Edmund Lockyer, with stores for six months (including sheep and pigs). Lockyer named the site Frederickstown after His Royal Highness, Duke of York & Albany, Frederick Augustus – second son of King George III. This was the site of the first European settlement in Western Australia.
At Residency Point yesterday, on the spot where, 109 years ago, Major Edmund Lockyer unfurled the British flag and, declared Western Australia to be a British possession, there was unveiled to connection with the Back to Albany celebrations, a monument inscribed as follows:— 'To Major Edmund Lockyer, of the 57th Regiment, who landed here from the brig Amity on December 26, 1826, to found the first British settlement on the westem side of Australia.'
The West Australian (Perth), 13th March 1936.
|Address:||Residency Road, Major Lockyer Park , Albany, 6330|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -35.029247|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Thursday 12th March, 1936|
To Major Edmund Lockyer
Of the 59th Rect.
Who landed here
From the Brig Amity
On the 26th December 1826
To found the settlement
Western side of Australia