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hitchcockJoseph Keane Hitchcock

J.K. Hitchcock was, in Bob Reece's phrase, 'Fremantle's first historian'. He was born in Guildford (WA) in 1855 and died in 1929, in North Fremantle, just three months after his History was published. The complete text is available on this site.

In 1842 the sailing vessel Simon Taylor arrived from London with 219 immigrants. Among the arrivals on that vessel were four families from one small village in Berkshire. They were Samuel Caporn, his wife and nine children; a family named White, who settled on the Canning and their descendants are now spread over the whole State, and the Hitchcocks, ancestors of the writer of this history. Hitchcock 1929: 29.

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References and Links

Battye, J.S. 1912-13, The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, Cyclopedia Co., Perth - from which the photocopied paragraphs are taken.

Hitchcock, J.K. 1919, 'Early Days of Fremantle: High Street 50 Years Ago', Fremantle Times, one of a series of articles on 'Early Days of Fremantle' publ. 21 March - 20 June 1919.

Hitchcock, J.K. 1921, 'Fremantle Reminiscences', Fremantle Times.

Hitchcock, J.K. [1926], 'Fremantle 1829-49', paper read to the Historical Society of Western Australia, 26 November 1926.

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

Reece, Bob 2012, 'Fremantle's first historian: Joseph Keane Hitchcock', Fremantle Studies, 7: 33-50.


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