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William Dance

Captain William Townsend Dance arrived in Fremantle, with his wife Helen, as commander of HM sloop Sulphur 6 June 1829.

It was Mrs Helen Dance who cut down the tree 12 August 1829 on the occasion of the official ceremony of the foundation of the Swan River Colony, commemorated by a plaque set in the footpath of Barrack Street, Perth, at the approximate location.

dance plaque

After retirement, he was residing in Hertford before being incarcerated in the debtors prison there, and in 1850 he was residing in Plymouth before being sent to the debtors prison in Exeter.

He later lived until his death in Alphington Rd, Exeter.

References and Links

Whiteley, E.S. 1967, 'H.M.S. Sulphur', Early Days, vol. 6, part 6: 45-55.

Thanks to Margaret Baddeley, personal communication re Dance's later life.

Garry Gillard | New: 22 October, 2015 | Now: 29 September, 2020