History – 1616 was the first recorded
sighting of Western Australia by European navigator.
However aboriginals had been inhabiting the area for
thousands of years before. Here is a very brief history
of modern Perth.
1616 First recorded sighting of
Western Australia by European navigator. However aboriginals
had been inhabiting the area for thousands of years
before. A Dutch seacaptain named the Swan River after
black swans he saw and this was the start of the city
1827 Captain James Stirling arrived
at Swan River and discovered the natural attraction
of Western Australia.
1828 British authorities settled
at Swan River and sometime later “Perth”
was officially founded by Captain Sterling. He named
the settlement after the Scottish City. Eventually
Perth was formally pronounced a city by Queen Victoria.
From the 1850’s the city was
developing slowly but the arrival of convicts sent
by British Government to Western Australia speeded
up growth and much building took place around this
1890’s There was considerable development
around this time following on from a Gold Rush started
around 1886 with gold being discovered at Kimberley
& Kalgoorlie. Many rushed to make their fortune
and the population increased twice over in ten years.
Perth was established as an important trade centre.
World War I saw Western Australia supply more men and money per capita than the other Australia. They were involved at Gallipoli. In 1914 Perth had a severe drought to cope with as well as the war.
1929 Fremantle was officially name
a major port as it was the first port of call for
migrants and visitors. All the foreigners arriving
in Fremantle means that it is still a very cosmopolitan
1940’s There was a huge demand
for minerals for World War II and this was beneficial
to Western Australia. For some years during the war
it was feared Australia would be invaded but it was
1960 saw the mining industry continue
to boom and in the 1970s saw natural gas resources.
The city put on all its lights to celebrate John Glenn
the astronaut when he flew over Perth and he spoke
of the City of Lights, a name that stuck.
1987 Fremantle hosted Australia's
defence of the America's Cup and there were major
renovations on the older building. The publicity from
the America’s Cup firmly put Perth on the tourist