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Bound for Western Australia

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Bound for Western Australia (Ships List Portal)

21 January 1827 – Western Australia was established when a small British settlement was established at King George's Sound (Albany) by Major Edmund Lockyer who was to provide a deterrent to the French presence in the area. On 18 June 1829 the new Swan River Colony was officially proclaimed with Captain James Stirling as the first Governor. Except for the settlement at King George's Sound, the colony was never really a part of NSW. King George's Sound was handed over in 1831. In 1849 the colony was proclaimed a British penal settlement and the first convicts arrived in 1850. Rottnest Island, off the coast of Perth, became the colony's convict settlement in 1838 and was used for local colonial offenders. Around 9,720 British convicts were sent directly to the colony in 43 ships between 1850 and 1868. The convicts were sought by local settlers because of the shortage of labour needed to develop the region. On 9 January 1868, Australia's last convict ship, the Hougoumont brought its final cargo of 269 convicts. Convicts sent to Western Australia were sentenced to terms of 6, 7, 10, 14 and 15 years and some reports suggest that their literacy rate was around 75% as opposed to 50% for those sent to NSW and Tasmania. About a third of the convicts left the Swan River Colony after serving their time.

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Convict Arrivals




First date is arrival, second is when the ship left port

From the "Western Australian Chronicle and Perth Gazette" No.2, February 26, 1831

From the "Western Australian Chronicle and Perth Gazette" No.5, March 5th, 1831

  • Oct 5th Georgiana, Hobart Town, 40th Regt.
  • Oct 6th Lotus, England Nov 15th 105 passengers
  • Oct 9th Ephemina, Hobart Town Nov 19th, 13 passengers
  • Oct 12th Orelia, Hobart Town Nov 7th, 13 passengers
  • Oct 12th Caroline, London Nov 8th, 64 passengers
  • Oct 12th Cumberland, Bombay, Oct 15th 5
  • Oct 17th Governor Phillip, Raffles Bay Nov 17th 39th Regt.
  • Oct 19th Atwick London, Nov 15th, 75 passengers
  • Nov 11th Lion (Lyon) from Hobart Town Dec 19th, 88 passengers

From the "Western Australian Chronicle and Perth Gazette" No.8, April 9th 1831

  • Dec 15th Gilmore London Mar 20th, 179 passengers
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  • 1868 Hougoumont arrived 9 January 1868 [Geni Project - Hougoumont 1868]

Settler Arrivals

  • 1868

Interstate Travel


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