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alfredPrince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh, was in command of HMS Galatea when he visited Fremantle in 1869. Alfred Ernest Albert was Queen Victoria's fourth child, and was later Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in the German Empire. He had earlier made the first royal tour of Australia, from 1867, but did not include Western Australia. While in Sydney in 1868 he was shot, but not fatally.

In February, 1869, Fremantle was en fete, the occasion being the arrival of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh in H.M.S. Galatea. The Royal visitor was met with a most enthusiastic reception by all sections of the community. During his brief stay His Royal Highness was the guest of the harbour master, Lieutenant Croke, R.N., under whom he had formerly sailed as a midshipman. During the stay of the Galatea almost anything that could float was utilised to take visitors off to the ship. Hitchcock: 53.

References and Links

Gibbney, H.J. 1972, 'Duke of Edinburgh (1844-1900)', ADB.

Hitchcock, J.K. 1929, The History of Fremantle, The Front Gate of Australia, 1829-1929, Fremantle City Council.

Wikipedia article on Prince Alfred (1844-1900), Duke of Edinburgh.

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