Western Australia in History

Western Australia: Perth

Historical Events

  • 1829-04-25 Charles Fremantle arrives in HMS Challenger off the coast of modern-day Western Australia prior to declaring the Swan River Colony for the United Kingdom
  • 1834-10-28 The Battle of Pinjarra occurs in the Swan River Colony in present-day Pinjarra, Western Australia. Between 14 and 40 Aborigines are killed by British colonists.
  • 1907-03-16 First 1st-class cricket game between NSW & Western Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948-03-15 Bradman scores 115 for the Australian cricket team v Western Australia

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1964-10-26 Eric Edgar Cooke becomes last person in Western Australia to be executed.
  • 1983-03-05 NSW beat Western Australia by 54 runs to win Sheffield Shield
  • 1985-08-20 Hanspeter Beck of South Australia, finishes a 3,875 mile, 51 day trip from Western Australia to Melbourne on a unicycle
  • 1989-02-01 The Western Australian towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder amalgamate to form the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
  • 1993-02-16 Western Australia's and Australia's first woman Premier, Carmen Lawrence, is voted out of office.
  • 2008-08-06 Access 31 TV stops broadcasting in Perth, Western Australia
  • 2017-03-28 World's largest dinosaur footprint at 1.7 metres found in Kimberley, Western Australia

Famous Birthdays

  • 1893-07-15 Enid Bennett, Australian silent film actress (Skippy, Hairpins), born in York, Western Australia (d. 1969)
  • 1908-01-08 "Fearless" Nadia [Mary Ann Evans], Australian actress (Hunterwali), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1930-03-30 Rolf Harris, Australian/British cartoonist and entertainer, born in Bassendean, Western Australia
  • 1954-02-09 Gina Rhinehart, Australian mining magnate (Australia's richest person), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1962-03-22 Tim Elliott, Australian golfer, born in Perth, Australia
  • 1968-11-05 Chris Gray, Australian golfer, born in Perth, Australia
  • 1969-02-07 Fiona Robinson-Hannan, Australian basketball player (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Perth, Western Australia

Person of interestHeath Ledger

1979-04-04 Heath Ledger, Australian-American Actor (Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 2008)

  • 1980-03-31 Jenny Smith, Western Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)

Famous Deaths

  • 1936-01-02 Sir Francis Newdegate, Governor of Tasmania, Western Australia (b. 1862)
  • 1943-01-03 Sir Walter James, Premier of Western Australia (b. 1863)
  • 1951-01-02 Sir William Campion, Governor of Western Australia (b. 1870)