JK 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.
Hitchcock, JK 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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