Fremantle Stuff > Ships


See below for links to pages more useful than what's on this site - which is not inclusive.


The brig Amity brought Capt Lockyer to Frederickstown (Albany).


HMS Success, Capt Stirling's ship, arrived in 1827.


1829: Hitchcock's list of all twenty-one ships that arrived in the first year of settlement (Hitchcock: 15)

HMS Challenger, Capt Fremantle's ship, arrived 25 April 1829, to 'claim' the territory.

The barque Parmelia brought Governor Stirling with the first settlers to the Colony, arriving 2 June 1829.

HMS Sulphur brought the military who accompanied the first settlers, 8 June 1829.

Calista arrived 5 August 1829, bringing Lionel Samson and Daniel Scott.

Marquis of Anglesea, the sixth ship, arrived 23 August 1829 with 104 passengers, and was wrecked on Point Marquis at Bathers Bay 4 September.

Caroline arrived 12 October 1829, bringing three Henty brothers, Alfred Stone, William Mackie, and the Bashfords, Pettitt ancestors.

Gilmore, under the command of WH Geary, arrived 15 December, with Thomas Peel and settlers


1830 ship arrivals (Hitchcock: 16-17)

Tranby, arr. 3 February 1830

Medina, 6 July 1830, brought 52 passengers including John Bateman.

1850 and later

Scindian brought the first convicts to Fremantle, 1 June 1850, and Edmund Henderson.

Hashemy was the second ship to bring (100) convicts, 25 October 1850. Also aboard were 32 enrolled pensioners (EPF) and their families.

Mermaid was the third, 1851, bringing 208 convicts and 29 EPF and their families.

On the Anna Robertson in December 1851 arrived Henry Wray RE, together with 65 Sappers and Miners (Royal Engineers), William Ayshford Sanford, Colonial Secretary and designer of the Boys School (1855), RC Bishop Brady, and Rev Dr Coyle, Surgeon.

Marion, arriving 30 January 1852, brought 37 convicts and Lt Wm Crossman RE.

The Nile in 1858 brought more convicts, sappers, warders, and the first Bishop of Perth, Mathew Blagden Hale.

The frigate Hougoumont brought the last convicts - and some 60 political prisoners, Fenians - arriving 9 (Hitchcock has 10) January 1867.

The whaler Catalpa was used in the escape of six Fenians in 1876.

The SS Georgette unsuccessfully attempted to stop the escape of Fenians in the Catalpa in 1876.

SS Sultan was the first steamship to enter the new Harbour, 4 May 1899.

City of York was wrecked on Rottnest Island 12 July 1899.

Carlisle Castle was wrecked off Penguin Island in the same storm 11 July 1899.

SS Lygnern was wrecked off South Mole in 1928.

The tug Wyola had the same name as the Wyola Club. There is also a Wyola Lane in South Fremantle, named after the tugboat. I have been unavailable to find the origin of this word - tho it is a Native American word for something like 'calm waters', which someone might have thought appropriate for this boat.

Links and References

Perth DPS (Dead People Society) shipping index - best source for earliest ships' passenger lists.

WAGS 1829 ship arrivals.

Ships that brought members of the Enrolled Pensioner Force.

Ships that brought convicts.

Perth DPS (Dead People Society) index of convict ships.

WA Genealogical Society, which has passenger lists, etc. - tho they're not easy to find

Diane Oldman has a list of thirteen ships, with exhaustive pages for many, on her site Royal Sappers and Miners in WA, those ships having brought Royal Engineers to the Colony 1850-1862 - or indeed took them away.

Diane Oldman's Crimean War Veterans in WA site contains similar pages for convict ships which brought vets, 1856-1877. But in this case, no convicts were taken away again.

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

Garry Gillard | New: 16 January, 2015 | Now: 18 July, 2019