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J.K. 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 1919, Hitchcock wrote a series of twelve articles on the 'Early Days' of Fremantle, specifically as @ 1869, the year after the first one in which the author saw Fremantle for the first time - and fifty years before the publication of the articles. He resumed the series for half a dozen more articles in 1921. These articles served as a rehearsal for the main event: the publication of Hitchcock's major History in 1929. Some whole sentences in the earlier publications reappear in the book.
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.
Battye, J.S. 1912-13, The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, Cyclopedia Co., Perth - from which the photocopied paragraphs are taken.
Hitchcock, J.K. 1919, 'Early Days of Fremantle: High Street 50 Years Ago', Fremantle Times, one of a series of articles on 'Early Days of Fremantle' publ. 21 March - 20 June 1919.
Hitchcock, J.K. 1921, 'Fremantle Reminiscences', Fremantle Times.
Hitchcock, J.K. 1921a, 'Early Days of Fremantle: The First Good Templar Lodges', Fremantle Times (one of a series of articles on 'Early Days' publ. January-March) 14 January.
Hitchcock, J.K. 1921, 'Early Days of Fremantle: De Rougemont—The Man of Romance', Fremantle Times, Friday 21 January 1921: 2.
Hitchcock, J.K. 1921b, 'Early Days of Fremantle: Convicts Who Made Good', Fremantle Times, Friday 28 January 1921: 2 .
Hitchcock, J.K. 1921c, 'Early Days of Fremantle: An Old Church and Its Pastor', Fremantle Times, Friday 4 February 1921: 2.
Hitchcock, J.K. 1921d, 'Early Days of Fremantle: Some Notable Convicts', Fremantle Times Friday 18 February: 2.
Hitchcock, J.K. 1921e, 'Early Days of Fremantle Wreck of the s.s. “Georgette” A Western Australian Grace Darling, Fremantle Times, Friday 4 Ma
Hitchcock, J.K. 1921f, 'Early Days of Fremantle: The Jubilee of Municipal Government - Glimpses of the Past', Fremantle Times, Friday 11 March 1921: 2.
Hitchcock J.K. 1927, 'Fremantle 1829-49', Early Days, 1, 1: 11-23.
Hitchcock, J.K. 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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