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Western Australian Pioneers - Their ancestors and descendants.

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  • John Hole Duffield (1797 - 1859)
    The Welcome Walls projects pay tribute to those who arrived by sea Pioneer to Swan River Colony, and head of the Duffield Family (Arrived 1830) Fremantle : panel 308 | Warrior Departure Port : Spithea...
  • John Martin Fleay, {Australian Immigrant} 1831 (1815 - 1884)
    The Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News, Friday 10 March 1854, p. 2. The Ærolile is expected to sail to-morrow or Sunday for London. Passengers-Lieut. Col Irwin, lady and family...
  • Dinah Tonkin (1818 - 1885)
    Dinah came to Western Australia with her parents in the Hooghly, arriving on 12 February 1830. [1] She married John Foss Tonkin on 26 December 1836 in Guildford.[2] They had eight children over the n...
  • Richard Albert Edwards (1777 - 1850)
  • Elizabeth Edwards (1782 - 1866)


This project will collect and merge the profiles for any convict, free settler arrival or military personnel into Western Australia commencing with the establishment of the Swan River Colony in 1829.

Historical Summary

In 1826, the first British military outpost was established at King George Sound. This was followed by the establishment of the Swan River Colony in 1829, with townsites at Fremantle and Perth - later to become the state's capital. The harsh conditions faced by the settlers resulted in population growth being minimal until the discovery of gold in the 1880s. Since the gold rush, the population of the state has risen steadily, with substantial growth in the period since World War II.


How to Participate

If you have an ancestor who was a Pioneer:

  1. Get yourself added as a collaborator
  2. Navigate to your ancestor's profile
  3. Under the "More Actions" link choose "Add to Project"
  4. Select the Western Australian Pioneers project


  • Include in the "About Me" section of each person a brief biographical sketch of their lives.
  • Include a photograph of your ancestor if one exists.
  • Your pioneer's profiles should be marked as "public" and not "private".
  • All included profiles should include full identifying information including birth and death dates as well as birth and death locations. It would also be very helpful if the immediate family of your pioneer ancestor, (their parents, siblings and children) profiles were public profiles also.
  • Do not make public any profiles of living people.

NOTE: All pioneers included on a project will have their pioneer's profiles editable by other collaborators of that particular project.

External Links

  1. History of Western Australia
  2. The Bicentennial Dictionary of Western Australians - NEW
  3. Swan River Settler Timeline
  4. Western Australian Mailing Lists
  5. Western Australian Genealogical Society
  6. Dead Reckoning: a guide to family history research in WA
  7. Brady Family Tree

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