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Alfred Hawes Stone

Alfred Stone arrived from Kent in the colony 12 October 1829, on board the Caroline. As a solicitor, he was almost immediately made a JP by Stirling, and then appointed as Sheriff and High Constable of the Colony in March 1831, which meant he was the equivalent of Police Commissioner for Western Australia. He moved on to the position of Registrar of the Civil Court and eventually another eight public positions. He was appointed Chief of Police again 1857-58.

But it is for his photography that he is now perhaps chiefly remembered. The State Library has digitised three albums of his photos, which may be seen on the Library site. He took the valuable photo across the Fremantle Green reproduced in Dowson 2003: 83, and the photograph of Manning's Folly which is reproduced everywhere (Dowson 2003: 95).

His daughter Fanny married George Hampton, son of the unpopular Governor John Hampton, in 1868, on which occasion Stone presented her with the second photograph album noted below.

References and Links

Austen Tom 1988, The Streets of Old Perth, St George's Books, Bell Publishing Group, Perth.

Dowson, John 2003, Old Fremantle: Photographs 1850-1950, UWAP: 12, 83, 95.

Dowson, John 2017, 'Rare and important: early photography in Fremantle', Fremantle Studies, 9: 1-14.

O'Brien, Jacqueline & Pamela Statham-Drew 2012, Court and Camera: The Life and Times of A.H. Stone, privately published, distributed by Fremantle Press. Photo above of the book's cover.

SLWA blog entry

SLWA catalog entry for Stone album, originally given to son Wm Alfred Stone, later property of Dorothy Croft, donated to SLWA in 1976; catalog no. 6923B (204 photographs)

SLWA catalog entry for another Stone album, originally given to Fanny (Stone) Hampton, also later property of Dorothy Croft, digitised by SLWA in 2015; catalog no. 6909B (146 photographs)

SLWA catalog entry for another Stone album, catalog no. 3245B (39 photographs; not available online)

SLWA catalog entry for another Stone album, catalog no. 353B (100 photographs; not available online) "Album containing portraits of well known personalities in Western Australia from ca. 1860-1880"


I'll add to this page all of the Stone photographs I can find elsewhere on this site.

This is Alfred Stone's 1860s (c. 1865) photograph of the Green. (Click/tap for larger size.) The thin white line extending across the middle of the photo out to the right is Cliff Street. All of the dark grassy area in the foreground is the Green. The building complex in the centre is George Shenton's house, with his stables on the right. Where the stables stood is now the site of the Dalgety building, where the MSC now has its offices, on the corner of Cliff and High Streets. Behind the Shenton buildings, to the right, is the Residency, which was demolished in 1967 for the railway line and a carpark. Hard to pick out in the photo at the rear, just to the right of the stables, is the first lighthouse.

Government House, Rottnest, 1864, photo by Alfred Stone, who is sitting on the steps

This early 1860s photo by Alfred Stone shows George Shenton's house in St George's Terrace, with Dyer's property on the corner of William Street on the left, and the Perth Boys School on the right. (source: Austen: 7, from SLWA)


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