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Fremantle is located on Australia's western coast, at the mouth of the Swan River, 19 kilometres south from Perth.
It was established by British settlers as part of the Swan River Colony in 1829.
Fremantle is considered to be one of Perth's cultural centres, with convict-built colonial era buildings, the old jetty and port, the maritime museum[?], and many other buildings of general historical interest.
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 Swan River System Landscape Description   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The convicts provided much needed labour for a struggling colony, however their arrival meant that the free people had to learn to live with the presence of convicts and the social effects of the system including fear and often violence.
The lower reaches, particularly of the Swan River, were favoured for residential development due to poor soils, and gradually, as transport improvements were made, the original large rural blocks were subdivided.
During the same decade, river infilling along the Esplanade was to shape the linear foreshore in front of the city which has dominated the city landscape ever since.
www.wrc.wa.gov.au /srt/publications/landscape/resource/swan.html   (1683 words)

 Swan River Colony - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Swan River Colony was a British settlement established at the Swan River on the west coast of Australia in 1829.
When the colony's Lieutenant-Governor, Captain (later Admiral Sir) James Stirling, belatedly received his commission in early 1832, the colony was officially referred to by the name Western Australia, and its lands were extended to include the entire western third of Australia.
His lobbying was for the establishment of a "free" (unlike the now well established penal settlements at New South Wales, Port Arthur and Norfolk Island) colony in the Swan River area with himself as its governor.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Swan_River_Colony   (2162 words)

 Fictionwise eBooks: Wild Imaginings by Jennifer Schwartz   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
It wasn't the sole merchant store in Swan River, or even in the port of Fremantle where most merchants had a base, but it was the longest established and both Tom and his father, George London, were well respected in the colony.
Swan River held his future and he was in favour of anything that expanded the colony.
The counter was a massive affair of Swan River mahogany, which some of the settlers were beginning to call "jarrah," borrowing the word from the Aborigines, the Nyungar people of the region.
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 About the River   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The rivers are central to Perth - geographically, historically, culturally and environmentally.
Widespread clearing in the catchment and along the riverbanks, filling and excavation of river channels, modification of riverbanks and the removal of the limestone bar at Fremantle have all changed the river.
The Swan River Trust is the lead agency in facilitating this management but works closely with other organisations and the community to ensure the best possible outcomes for the rivers and the many people who depend upon them for pleasure and livelihood.
www.wrc.wa.gov.au /srt/aboutriver/index.html   (421 words)

 Land grants in the Swan River Colony - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The "Arrowsmith map": an 1839 map of the land grants in the Swan River Colony, drawn by John Arrowsmith from the survey data of John Septimus Roe.
The Swan River Colony, established in June 1829, was the only British colony in Australia established on the basis of land grants to settlers.
Under the conditions stipulated by the Colonial Office, settlers would be granted land in proportion to the value of assets and labour that they brought to the colony.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Land_grants_in_the_Swan_River_Colony   (1372 words)

 Australia and its States, Sports, Food, Animals and Plants
The badge depicts the native Black Swan on a yellow disc, with the swan swimming towards the hoist.
The Red and Green Kangaroo Paw was first collected in the Swan River Colony in the early years of its settlement, and was described by D. Don in 1836.
The species ranges from Shark Bay in the north to Scott River and Mt Barker in the south, and is common in Kings Park, Perth, and the surrounding bush.
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 Sumter's Swan Lake Iris Gardens
Bland in the late 1920's, the Australian Black swans have been in residence the longest, and some of the birds living in the garden at present are their descendants.
These Swans are the most social of the swans and during the breeding season will often nest in loose colonies.
The Bewick swan is native to Northern Russia from the Kanin Delta to the Lena Delta.
www.sumtersc.gov /VisitingUs/SwanLake.aspx   (1454 words)

 Perth | Historical Background| City Guide | WCities Destination Guide
The Swan River eventually became the base around which the city of Perth and its suburbs would grow.
Perth began life as a colony established by free pioneers, with 100 men, women and children from Europe arriving in 1829 to settle the land.
The proclamation of Western Australia as a colony occurred on the 8th of June 1829, at Garden Island.
www.wcities.com /en/guide/history/264/guide.html   (938 words)

 Department of the Premier and Cabinet - Bird Emblem - Black Swan
As a result, the original European settlement in Western Australia was named the Swan River Settlement (or Colony) and the Black Swan became a recognised symbol of the new Colony, appearing on government papers, bank notes, postage stamps and other publications such as the Swan River Guardian.
The Black Swan was also used on the original State Crest, which was used prior to the granting of the Warrant for the State Coat of Arms.
Subsequently the Black Swan was incorporated into the design of the State Badge, the State Seal, the State Coat of Arms and Commonwealth Coat of Arms.
www.dpc.wa.gov.au /index.cfm?event=symbolsWaSwan   (575 words)

 State History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
In a free settler colony, land is vital for the colony's continued existence and growth, particularly land suitable for farming.
Settlers arriving at the Swan River Colony were granted land according the amount of property, equipment and animals they brought with them.
By the 1860s the colony was expanding north and east, with the far-north Kimberley region settled in the 1880s.
www.hreoc.gov.au /bth/history/wa.html   (1725 words)

 Perth - Perth Travel Guide
The city is bound by the river to the east and south.
The city is bound by Swan River to the east and the south, while over to the west of the city is Kings Park.
The name Swan River was coined by the Dutch navigator Willem de Vlamingh, after the fl swans he saw on its banks.
www.aboutperth.net   (1410 words)

Perth was founded in 1829 by Captain James Stirling as the political centre of the free settler Swan River Colony, Perth has continued to serve as the seat of Government for Western Australia to the present day.
Traditionally, Perth and the Swan River have usually been viewed and photographed from Kings Park, situated on Mount Eliza to the near south-west of the city centre or from the South Perth foreshore.
The CBD of Perth is bounded by the Swan River to the south and east, with Kings Park on the western end, while the railway lines form a northern border.
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 www.westernbelle.com - ALBANY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Swan River Colony was the first to be developed by free settlers but by 1850 the need for cheap labour was so great that convicts were eventually shipped out.
The main supporter and first Governor of the Swan River Colony (James Stirling) was granted large tracts of land in appreciation of his efforts.
The city sits on the north bank of the Swan River and the foreshore is lined with gardens and open spaces.
www.westernbelle.com /perth.html   (1390 words)

 Swan River
Led by James Stirling, a naval captain, the colonists took land on the banks of the Swan River and established three towns - Fremantle, the port; Perth, the capital; and Guildford, a farming centre.
Thatch was commonly used to roof Swan River cottages, in keeping with rural traditions in the British Isles.
Colonial dress reflected the climate of the British Isles and was unbearably hot and heavy in the extreme summers of the Swan River colony.
www.museum.wa.gov.au /exhibitions/online/walap_start/3_SwanRiver.html   (2174 words)

 Anne and Willie
Perth is the State capital and lies on the coastal plain on the Swan river.
First settled at Albany on the south west tip in 1827 then the Swan river colony was settled in 1829.
He started the very first Swan brewery and also had a team of men manufacturing condensors for the eastern goldfields because water was at a premium out there and the supplies were far too salty to consume.
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 Mute Swans
Mute swans reside primarily in estuarine river habitats with smaller numbers on inland lakes and ponds.
The mute swan is native to Europe and Asia, but is an exotic species in the United States.
In the early 1990s, a large molting flock of mute swans caused a colony of least terns and fl skimmers, both state-threatened species, to abandon their nesting site on Barren Island in Dorchester County by trampling nests containing eggs and chicks.
www.dnr.state.md.us /wildlife/muteswans.html   (660 words)

 Perth (Western Australia) - Black swans
The first settlers named their colony "Swan River Colony" because fl swans lived on the riverbanks.
Most swans are on the southern end of the lake, but some can be found on the north end as well.
The fl swan is Western Australia's bird emblem and it is said to be found as far north as the Kimberley region.
www.creativespirits.de /ozwest/perth/blackswans.html   (290 words)

 Swan River Colony, Australia, 1830   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Henty at Swan River, which continues to give favourable accounts of the colony.
Henty is about to take 84,413 acres of land, and has the privilege of choosing it in any part of the country open for location.
A river (Collie) runs through his grant into one at Port Lischenoult, 20 miles to the south of the Governor's allotment.
www.londonancestor.com /bells/1795-swan.htm   (128 words)

 Black Swan : Facts
During the nineteenth century, the original Western Australian colony was called "the Swan River Settlement." In 1973, the fl swan was officially proclaimed as the "bird emblem" of the Government of Western Australia and now appears on the state flag.
Of the seven species of swans in the world, all are pure white except for the South American Black-necked Swan and the Australian Black Swan.
Young swans, called cygnets, are covered in gray down for three to four weeks before their fl feathers appear.
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 Documenting Democracy
This document was the first official step in establishing the Colony, appointing Stirling as Lieutenant Governor and providing his instructions (his only grant of formal power until 1831).
The Colonial Secretary stated in this document that 'It had been resolved by His Majesty's Government to occupy the Port on the Western Coast of New Holland at the mouth of the River called "Swan River" with the adjacent territory for the purpose of forming a settlement there'.
The regulations set out the specific terms on which land would be granted to intending settlers and it was also specified that 'It is not intended that any convicts or other description of prisoners be sent to this new settlement', thus confirming the unique (to that date) nature of the new settlement.
www.foundingdocs.gov.au /item.asp?dID=91   (462 words)

 Simply Australia reviews
She also points out that the Swan River was the only Australian colony where indentured white workers were imported in large numbers to form the basis of the colony's labour force.
When the Swan River Colony was promoted throughout England in 1829 a number of 'entrepreneurs — early examples of a type still familiar in WA - saw a chance to make or increase their fortunes by killing two birds with the one stone.
The contracts between the entrepreneurs and the workers were a variation of the medieval indenture agreements and bound men, and often wives and children, to five or seven years of service to their 'master' in WA.
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 Documenting Democracy
Unlike all of the other colonies except South Australia, Western Australia (also known as the Swan River Colony) was founded directly from the United Kingdom, initially as a private enterprise colony, and no part of its territory was ever part of New South Wales.
During the second half of 1828, as plans were being formulated for the formation of a private association to settle the Colony, Captain James Stirling, who had in the previous year explored the area around the mouth and lower reaches of the Swan River, wrote to the Under Secretary for the Colonies, informing him that:
Stirling's suggestion was acted upon and on 5 November 1828, the Colonial Secretary, Sir George Murray, instructed the Admiralty to order the officer commanding the naval forces at the Cape to despatch a ship to the coast of New Holland and to take formal possession of the territory.
www.foundingdocs.gov.au /item.asp?sdID=4   (489 words)

 Swan River Colony, Australia, 1831   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The accounts from the Swan River settlement are to the 10th March: they are very satisfactory; Messrs.
The colonists at Swan River were abundantly supplied with every necessary, and with provisions at low prices.
It is stated that King George's Sound is to be attached to the Swan River settlement.
www.londonancestor.com /bells/1846-swan.htm   (127 words)

 The Eastern Region   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Feast alfresco on the grassy banks of the Swan River or one of the region’s nature reserves or seven national parks.
The fertile land along the Swan River’s banks was settled in the early days of the Swan River Colony.
The Swan Valley and Eastern Region Visitor Centre compiles a comprehensive listing of festivals and events in the Swan Valley, Guildford, Midland and Eastern Metropolitan Region of Perth.
www.swanvalley.info /eastern.html   (509 words)

 Albany   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The harbours, rivers and estuaries provide excellent fishing while the spectacular coastal scenery, beaches and nearby National Parks provide a wide variety of activities for visitors.
In 1826, two years before the establishment of the Swan River Colony, the British sent Major Lockyer and a team of hopeful colonists to settle the strategic Princess Royal Harbour.
It was a pre-emptive response to French exploration of Australia’s Southwest, and the small colony, originally called Fredrickstown, was allowed to grow at a natural pace – avoiding the vicissitudes of Swan River Mania that plagued Perth in the 1880s, when thousands of colonists poured into the town.
www.pacificislandtravel.com /australia/west_australia/albany.asp   (1622 words)

 Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc. Swan River Pioneers 1829-1838
Certified Membership shall be determined by the Convenor of the Swan River Pioneers Group and upon recommendation of the Examiner of Proofs appointed by the Committee.
Evidence of settlement in the Swan River Colony may be in the form of authenticated information from the Registrar General or family papers.
The Swan River Pioneers is consistently adding to this collection of Western Australian historical and pioneer family histories.
www.wags.org.au /groups/sigswrp.htm   (699 words)

 Our House Biographies - Nicklup Homestead
Captain James Stirling, Swan River Colony's first (Lieutenant-) Governor, negotiated the right to 100,000 acres of land grants for himself when he sold the British government the idea of a western settlement with his absurdly glowing reports.
The original Swan River Colony was a disaster and barely survived.
After their sea journey to Bunbury, where they built a dray for the midsummer trip to Nicklup, which was interrupted by a tropical cyclone flooding all the rivers in their path, the modest homestead might have seemed a welcome refuge, had it not still been occupied by the Clarkes!
www.heritage.gov.au /ourhouse/essay38.html   (1425 words)

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