Hidden Within Every Town and City of Western Australia is a Treasure Trove of
History and Wonder
Welcome to Western Australian Vista - A Comprehensive Look at the Towns of Western
Australia. Discover the History Behind Each Town and What Makes Each One so Unique.
Prior to European settlement, Aboriginal tribes were custodians of the land. The first known Europeans to have
explored the Perth and Western Australia area, prior to settlement, were the Dutch in 1697, lead by Willem de
Vlamingh, and then over a hundred years later by the French in 1801, lead by Nicolas Baudin.
In 1826, in response and fear of the French establishing their own colony along the Western Australian coast,
the British set up a small settlement, at King George Sound (later named Albany). The small detachment headed by
Edmund Lockyer, consisted of 18 soldiers, one captain, one doctor, one storekeeper and 23 convicts were
sent as a labour force.
Three years later, in 1829, Captain Stirling and the first settlers landed in the new Swan River colony.
Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, was officially founded on the 12th of August 1829 by Lieutenant
Governor James Stirling on King George IV's 67th birthday and was later proclaimed a city in 1856.
After a most turbulent start, the colony expanded to the south and to the north. However, when Paddy Hannan
discovered gold at Mt Charlotte in 1893, the State would experience a boom like it had never seen before
. As people flocked into the State to find their fortune on the goldfields, grand buildings, roads and
railways were established, thanks in part to the vision of John Forrest and C.Y. O'Connor. Western Australia
had finally established itself.
Augusta Beverley Bridgetown
Busselton Carnarvon Coolgardie
River Meckering Monkey Mia Nannup
Pinjarra Shark Bay