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Henry Reveley

Henry Willey Reveley (1788-1875) arrived in 1829 on the Parmelia. He had joined that ship at the Cape Colony, Governor Stirling having appointed him chief engineer, which office he held 1829-1838. He was responsible for all public works, which included designing the Round House (1831), and the Whalers Tunnel (1838) underneath it.

Reveley also designed the 1836 Courthouse in Perth (completed December), the 1829 Barracks in Barrack St, and the first Government House (1834).

He was a friend of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley whom he saved from drowning in the Arno in 1821.

References and Links

Oldham, Ray, bio in the ADB.

Reece, Bob 2013, 'Henry Willey Reveley: Swan River Colony's first architect', Early Days, Vol. 14, Pt. 2: 195-219.

Reece, Bob 2014, 'Too much for round here', Fremantle Herald, 21 Feb 2014. [on the Round House]

Webb, David & David Warren 2005, Fremantle: Beyond the Round House, Longley, Fremantle: 8-9

Wikipedia page

There was an image on this page supposedly of Henry Reveley. It now seems it is a drawing of Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale, whose father's middle name was Reveley. I blame Google :)


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