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daniel scottDaniel Scott

Daniel Scott arrived 5 August 1829 on the Calista, the second ship to bring passengers to the colony.
He invested in the Fremantle Whaling Company which paid for the construction of the Whalers Tunnel underneath Arthur Head. He was also a shipbuilder, and a lead miner.
It was his warehouse (where the Esplanade Hotel now stands) that accommodated the 75 convicts who were the first to arrive in 1850 on the Scindian.
His own house was on the NW corner of Cliff and High Sts.
He was Deputy Harbourmaster from 1829, resigning in 1851.
He was the first chairman of the Fremantle Town Trust 1848-1851, 1853-1854, and 1856-1858.

Daniel Scott was the son of a flagmaker for both the royal and merchant navies. As a boy he ran away to sea and at 21 was Captain of a small cargo ship that traded between the Gold Coast in Africa and the Caribbean. During one voyage he rescued three men adrift in an open boat and was subsequently commended by the Royal Humane Society.
On 5 August 1829 he arrived in Fremantle on board the Calista, and was appointed Deputy Harbourmaster and Pilot for a salary of £100. He built his own jetty in Fremantle, and operated his own boats up and down the coast establishing critical trade routes for newly formed settlements. Captain Scott was also largely responsible for having the first sea-going vessel built in the colony of Western Australia, launching the Lady Stirling in May 1836.
An active leader in pressing for local government in Fremantle, he was elected as the first chairman of the Fremantle Town Trust in January 1848 and held the position three times over the next ten years. He was also an honorary member of the local volunteer company and he strongly supported the local Church of England. His religious convictions had been strengthened by his experiences as a young seafarer and he became a guarantor for the first Anglican church built in Fremantle (St John's).
In spite of all these time-consuming public and private activities Captain Scott continued to provide good service as Harbourmaster, often using his own boats and equipment for government duties. An injury to his arm gradually moved him away from pilotage duties, and he resigned his official position as Harbourmaster in February 1851. Fremantle Pilots website.

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