Western Australia in History

Western Australia: Perth

Historical Events


DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

1699-08-06 HMS Roebuck, captained by William Dampier, lands at Shark Bay, Western Australia on the first British scientific expedition to Australia

Explorer and Pirate William Dampier
Explorer and Pirate
William Dampier
  • 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.
  • 1850-07-07 Scottish explorer Edward Eyre reaches Albany, Western Australia
  • 1907-03-16 First 1st-class cricket game between NSW & Western Australia
  • 1932-11-02 The "Great Emu War" begins: Australian soldiers armed with Lewis Guns sought to cull the Emu population over crop destruction in Campion district, Western Australia
  • 1932-12-10 The "Great Emu War" ends: Emu's surprising resilience to bullets led to Emu victory over Australian military in Campion district, 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.
  • 1995-10-03 1st first-class match at Hurstville Oval, Sydney (NSW vs Western Australia )
  • 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
  • 2018-03-06 World's oldest message in a bottle found in Western Australia, thrown from German ship Paula 132 years ago (12 June 1886)
  • 2018-04-30 World's oldest known spider, a female trapdoor, dies after being killed by a wasp sting in Western Australia, aged 43

Famous Birthdays

  • 1883-11-05 Ernie Parker, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1913), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 1918)
  • 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)
  • 1914-03-28 Dick Norris, Australian entomologist, born in Geraldton, Western Australia (d. 2003)
  • 1929-09-25 John Rutherford, Australian cricketer (one Test for Australia 1956), born in Bruce Rock, Western Australia
  • 1930-03-30 Rolf Harris, Australian/British cartoonist and entertainer, born in Bassendean, Western Australia
  • 1933-11-07 George Tibbits, Australian composer, born in Boulder, Western Australia (d. 2008)
  • 1942-01-23 Laurie Mayne, Australian cricketer (Australian pace bowler in 6 Tests 1965-70), born in Westonia, West Australia
  • 1942-07-12 Billy Smith, Australian rugby league halfback (26 Tests; St. George), born in Fremantle, Western Australia
  • 1944-01-14 Graham Marsh, Australian golfer, course designer (US Senior Open 1997, The Tradition 1999), born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
  • 1945-11-08 Tony Mann, Australian cricket leggie (1977 century as nightwatchman v India), born in Middle Swan, Western Australia
  • 1945-12-01 Ross Edwards, Australian cricket batsman (20 Tests @ 40.37, top score 170no; 9 ODIs), born in Perth Western Australia
  • 1947-09-05 Bruce Yardley, Australian cricket spin bowler (33 Tests, 126 wickets; coach Sri Lanka), born in Midland, Western Australia (d. 2019)
  • 1947-11-04 Rod Marsh, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (96 Tests, 355 dismissals; Australian selector), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1948-12-14 Kim Beazley, Australian politician (33rd Governor of Western Australia), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1949-07-18 Dennis Lillee, Australian cricket fast bowler (1971-84), born in Subiaco, Western Australia
  • 1951-11-01 Craig Serjeant, Australian cricket batsman (12 Tests; top score 124, 1977), born in Perth, West Australia
  • 1954-02-09 Gina Rhinehart, Australian mining magnate (Australia's richest person), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1955-06-17 Gail Jones, Australian author (Dreams of Speaking), born in Harvey, Western Australia
  • 1965-12-27 Chris Mainwaring, Australian Rules Football wing (All Australian 1991, 96; West Coast Eagles), born in Geraldton, Western Australia (d. 2007)
  • 1967-11-10 Jackie Fairweather, Australian triathlete (ITU World Championships gold 1996), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 2014)
  • 1968-04-06 Chris Anderson, Australian high jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Western Australia
  • 1969-02-07 Fiona Robinson-Hannan, Australian basketball player (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1969-03-10 Stephen Leaney, Australian golfer (US Open 2003 runner-up), born in Busselton, West Australia
  • 1969-09-02 Shani Waugh, Australian golfer (US Open 2002 3rd), born in Bunbury West Australia
  • 1970-05-01 Damon Diletti, Australian field hockey goal keeper (Olympic silver 1992; Champions Trophy gold 1999), born in Perth, West Australia
  • 1972-05-05 Ronald Snook, Australian rower (Olympics bronze 1996), born in Dalwallinu, 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)

  • 1979-10-04 Adam Voges, Australian cricket batsman (20 Tests; oldest [35] to score a century on Test debut 2015), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1981-12-11 Paul Medhurst, Australian rules footballer, born in Western Australia, Australia
  • 1989-02-13 Rhys Palmer, Australian footballer, born in Western Australia, Australia
  • 1989-07-01 Daniel Ricciardo, Australian auto racer (Monte Carlo GP 2018), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1996-05-27 Minjee Lee, Australian golfer (ANA Inspiration 2017 3rd, 5 LPGA Tour titles), born in Perth, West Australia
  • 1996-12-20 Hannah Green, Australian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2019), born in Perth, Western Australia

Famous Deaths

  • 1936-01-02 Sir Francis Newdegate, English politician (Governor of Tasmania, Western Australia), dies at 73
  • 1943-01-03 Sir Walter James, Premier of Western Australia, dies at 79 (b. 1863)
  • 1951-01-02 Sir William Campion, Governor of Western Australia, dies at 80