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HMS Sulphur

HM's sloop Sulphur, carrying the military personnel, accompanied the barque Parmelia which brought the first European settlers to Western Australia in 1829. Its commander was Captain William T Dance, whose wife's name was Helen.

Foundation Day has always been observed on June 1, although it was on June 2, 1829, that Captain James Stirling, with Surveyor-General Roe and the first contingent of 68 settlers, arrived at Fremantle in the transport Parmelia. The Parmelia grounded on a bank that still bears her name, but was floated off the next day and the Governor and his fellow settlers landed on Garden Island. On June 18 Lieutenant-Governor Stirling landed on Rous Head, and it was from there that his first proclamation annexing the colony to the British Empire was made. A detachment of the 63rd Regiment from H.M.S. Sulphur had landed the previous day to be in readiness for the ceremony. Hitchcock: 10.

References and Links

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

WA Genealogical Society 1829 ship arrivals.

WA Genealogical Society, page for this ship, from which the following, transcribed from Battye Library Acc 36 Vol 1/67 by Graham Bown, is taken. It was first published in the Settlers Gazette, Newsletter of the Swan River Pioneers 1829-1838 from Issue No. 8, September 1996.

Return of Officers and Ship's Company of HMS Sulphur

William T DANCE, Commander, with wife Helen
William PRESTON, Snr.Lieutenant
John C SICKLEMORE, Lieutenant
John PERRIAM, Master
Alexander COLLIE, Surgeon
Jas.W JOHNSTON, Asst. Surgeon
Richard SHOLL, Purser
Joseph HOYTON, Carpenter
James PARSON, Boatswain
Richard DAWSON, Admt Mate
Frederick A CUDLIP, Midshipman
John B MADDEN, Midshipsman
Disney C DISNEY, Midshipsman
Thomas R SKOTTOWE, Fcl Class
William ALDRIDGE, Crs Crew
William SIMMONS, Seaman
William MONK, Gun Room Steward
Thomas DEVITT, Seaman
William SEYMOUR, Crs crew
Samual DURANT, Seaman
James TAYLOR, Capr F Castle
Edward SHOULDER, Gunners Mate
John ROBERTS, Bosuns Mate
John THOMPSON, Carpenters Mate
John CHALMERS, Seaman
George GILL, Seaman
John O'BRYAN, Seaman
Frederick PRESTON, Seaman
George SCOVELL, Capr Main Top
Thos McDOWELL, Seaman Sailmaker
James CAMBEY, Seaman Sailmaker
Daniel SELWAY, Seaman, Sailmaker
Joseph COX, Seaman Sailmaker
Thomas SMITH, Seaman Sailmaker
William PIKE, Seaman Sailmaker
Robert WITTS, Seaman Sailmaker
David ADAMSON, Capr F Top
John REDDINGTON, Armourer
Michael CONNELLAN, Seaman
John DOUGLAS, Seaman-Caprs Cox
Peter FISHER, Seaman
Peter LAWRENCE, Gun Room Cook
Thomas KENTISH, Seaman
William CROMER, Seaman
Sal WILLIAMS, Seaman Quartermaster
Thomas LEE, Seaman
Thomas WILSON, Ships Cook
John BURNS, Boatswains Mate
Owen JONES, Seaman Quartermaster
John POPE, Caprs Steward
Edward BARNEY, Boy
Henry TONG, Boy
Samuel BARBER, Boy
George LEACH, Boy
Isaac BURROWS, Boy
Henry T BRYAN, Boy

Muster Roll of the 63rd Regiment

Captain Frederick Chidley IRWIN
Lieutenant William PEDDER
Ensign Donald Hume McLEOD
Ensign Robert DALE
Colour Sgt. Edward BARRON, # with Wife Jane, daughters Eliza and Jean
Sergeant John SMALLMAN, with Wife Jane
Sergeant H DAWSON
Corporal Horatio HOLDEN
Corporal Robert PHEE, with Wife Jane
Corporal Joseph MADRILL
Drummer John MITCHELL
Private Andrew BARNETT *
Private Andrew BENHOUSE
Private Richard BONSALL
Private Peter BROUGHTON, with Wife Mary
Private Walter BURKE #
Private Patrick CLINTON
Private John W CONNOLLY #
Private John DALEY, with Wife Mary, son William Sulphur
Private James DOBBINS #
Private William ELMORE, with Wife Elizabeth
Private Patrick FARMER,# with Wife Margaret, son William
Private Thomas FARMER, * with Wife Ann, son William
Private Thomas FLACK
Private John GODFREY *
Private Michael GRADY
Private Thomas GRIMES
Private Patrick HEFRON, with Wife Ann
Private Andrew HENNESSY, with Wife Margaret
Private Henry HICKMAN *
Private George HODGES, with Wife Mary
Private Jean HODGES #
Private Joseph HONOR
Private James HUTCHINSON
Private John JENKINS
Private Jonathon JENKINS
Private Edward JEFFERS, # with Wife Elice, son James
Private William KERR
Private Joseph MADRILL
Private Edward MALONEY (1)*
Private Edward MALONEY (2)
Private George MALONEY
Private George MASSELL
Private James McGOUGH
Private Michael McMAHON *
Private John MITCHELL, * with Wife Jane
Private Thomas MULLIGAN, with Wife Mary,
Private Michael O'BRIEN, with Wife Margaret
Private J RAHILL
Private Terence SHERIDAN
Private John REILLY, with Wife Margaret
Private John STANTON #
Private William STEEL *
Private Patrick SWIFT, with Wife Eliza, daughter Mary Ann
Private Thomas TALLON
Private Samual WALLACE
Private Henry WHEATLEY
Private Thomas WIGGINS, with Wife Mary, daughter Mary
Private William WRIGHT
Private Henry YOUNG

# Discharged in the Colony
* Died in the Colony

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