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Newsletter of the  Swan River Pioneers 1829 - 1838
 from Issue No.7, June 1996


The barque Parmelia, built in Quebec, Canada in 1825, 117 feet long and of 443 tons, was hired to transport Lieutenant-Governor James Stirling and the first group of free settlers to Swan River to establish a colony there in 1829. Escorted by H.M.S. Sulphur she left England in early February 1829 and hove to off Garden Island on the 31st May.

Two days later "Parmelia" was nearly lost when she ran aground on the southbank which bears her name. She was destroyed by fire in an English dockyard on the 1st May 1839.

The Barque "Parmelia" Arrived Swan River 31st May 1829 Captain J H Luscombe
Names of Passengers Quality Ages of Children
Captain STIRLING Governor  
Mrs Ellen STIRLING    
Andrew STIRLING His Son  3 yrs
Geo ELLIOT    
Thomas BLAKEY His Servant  
Sarah do do  
John  KELLY do  
Elizabeth do do  
Mr P BROWN ** Colonial Secretary  
Mrs Caroline BROWN His Wife  
Macbride BROWN His Child  
Ann BROWN do  
Richard EVANS His Servant  
Margaret McLEOD    do  
Mary Ann SMITH    do  
Mr John MORGAN Storekeeper  
Mrs Rebecca MORGAN His Wife  
Rebecca MORGAN His Child  
Ann SKIPSEY His Servant  
Commander MJ CURRIE RN Harbour Master  
Mrs Jane      do His Wife  
Frederick LUDLOW His Servant  
MK LUDLOW    do  
Jane FRUIN    do  
Mr Jno S ROE Surveyor  
Mrs Matilda do His Wife  
Chas D WRIGHT His Servant  
Mr Hy SUTHERLAND Asst Surveyor  
Mrs Ann   do His Wife  
Mr Wm SHELDON Clerk to the Colonial Secretary  
Mr Jas DRUMMOND Horticulturalist  
Mrs Sarah  do His Wife  
Thos DRUMMOND His Child 18 yrs
Jane    do    do 16 yrs
Jas   do    do 15 yrs
John  do    do 13 yrs
Johnson  do His Child  9 yrs
Eufi    do    do  3 yrs
Elizabeth GAMBLE His Servant  
Chas SIMMONS Surgeon  
Mr  Tully  DALY Ass Surgeon  
Mrs Jane    do His Wife  
Jessie Jane do His Child  8 yrs
Jos R       do    do  6 yrs
Hy Jno      do    do  4 yrs
Ed N        do    do  2 yrs
Eliza Rose Daly    do  2 mths
Jas ELLIOTT His Servant  
Patk MURPHY    do  
Alex FANDAM Cooper  
Mary   do His Wife  
Wm HOKING Bricklayer  
Mary  do His Wife  
Wm    do His Child 14 yrs
Jno   do    do 12 yrs
Mary  do    do 10 yrs
Thos  do    do  8 yrs
David do    do  5 yrs
Chas  do    do  2 yrs
Thos    DAVIS Smith  
Catherine do His Wife  
John      do His Child  3 yrs
Charlotte do    do  2 yrs
John      do Nephew 13 yrs
James C SMITH Boatbuilder  
Sarah    do His Wife  
Source: Passenger List Transcribed from AJCP Reel 294 CO18 Vol 3/19-20
  • ** Peter BROWN appears on this document, a name he used for 15 years in the colony only to revert to the old family name of BROUN in 1843. For further information on this, see The Western Australian Historical Society, Journal and Proceedings Vol. II 1935 Part XVIII.

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