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Western Australian Pioneers - Their ancestors and descendants.

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  • Sarah Sophia Knight (1822 - 1895)
    Informant of death was son Nathan. Cause of death was softening of brain & exhaustion. Extract from the "Inquirer" newspaper dated 5/1/1848: 'At York on the 30th December 1847 from 'Grass Dale', the re...
  • Richard Strange (1799 - 1882)
    Indentured to Dr. Samuel Waterman Viveash [at Yangedine, WA] and departed Wiltshire aboard the 'Britomart' in 1838 bound for Western Australia. Arrived 5/12/1838. Married Sarah Stephens, 1843, York W.A...
  • George Edward Chitty (1817 - 1851)
  • Nathan Elias Knight (1815 - 1859)
    Farmed at York 13-10-1841/44 in partnership with Henry Landor pasturing at the Dale. In Sep 1850 appointed to Custom House Agent. Church of England. In Feb 1845 advertised for a shepherd at York & suse...
  • Patrick Hogan (1836 - 1880)
    See for a profile of Patrick Hogan on the WA Crimean War veterans website. From his British Army enlistment papers and from his stated age at death, Patrick Hogan was born in Knockhay near Limerick, ...


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. Swan River Settler Timeline
  3. Western Australian Mailing Lists
  4. Western Australian Genealogical Society
  5. Dead Reckoning: a guide to family history research in WA

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