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When did the white settlers arrive in Australia and in Western Australia in particular?

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2009-06-16 06:34:01

The First Fleet arrived in Australia on 26 January 1788. In

1829, Captain Charles Fremantle was sent to take formal possession

of the remainder of New Holland which had not already been claimed

for Britain under the territory of New South Wales. In May of that

year, Captain Fremantle raised the Union Jack on the south head of

the Swan River, thus claiming the territory for Britain. The colony

of Western Australia was proclaimed on 8 June 1829, and two months

later, Perth was also founded.

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