Welcome to Western Australia...
Western Australia is actually pretty huge!
For perspective, we could easily fit the whole Europe into Australia and definitely fit many other small countries fully into Western Australia alone!
Here’s a look at an old postcard comparing their sizes.
Brief History of Western Australia
When was Western Australia first discovered?
Albany was the first European settlement established in Western Australia in 1827. Major Edmund Lockyer established a small British settlement at King Georges Sound (Albany) then.
When is the City of Perth Australia founded?
12 June 1829
The city of Perth in Western Australia was named by Captain James Stirling in 1829 after Perth, Scotland, in honour of the birthplace and parliamentary seat in the British House of Commons of Sir George Murray, Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. The Swan River Settlement was later named ‘Perth’ and became Western Australia’s capital city.
What were the key towns developed then?
Perth, Fremantle and Guildford were the townsites developed by the colonists then. Fremantle was to be the port city, and entry into the colony; Guildford was the loading point for agricultural produce that was to be shipped down the Swan River; and Perth was the administrative and military hub. All three towns developed slowly in the early years.
What about Aboriginal history?
The Noongar people are the traditional owners of the Perth region and the Swan Coastal Plain in particular.
At the time of colonisation in 1829, Perth Noongar people were composed of four principal groups – Mooro, Beeliar, Beeloo, Weeip – loosely determined by the Swan River (or Derbarl Yerrigan). Mooro country stretched from the Swan River northwards beyond the limits of the current metropolitan area. The boundary commences on the west coast at a point north of Jurien Bay, proceeds roughly easterly to a point approximately north of Moora and then roughly south-east to a point on the southern coast between Bremer Bay and Esperance. Archaeological evidence establishes that they have lived in the area and had possession of tracts of land for at least 45,000 years.