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It was a European who first sighted the Perth area back in 1697. Willem de Vlamingh was the Dutch sailor who sailed along the coast and named the river the Swan River after spotting the large flocks of black swans in the area. But it wasn't until 1827 that the city of Perth as actually born. When discovered Perth was described as arid, barren and wild. This image is hard to believe when you see the rich, green parks and gardens which now line the riverbanks today.

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Captain James Stirling and the botanist Charles Fraser began to see the potential of the river in 1829 and that was the first time that anyone seriously considered the possibility of a settlement being established there.

The British Government went ahead to found the colony as the first free settlement in Australia and the first settlers arrived in Western Australia in June of 1829. On August 12th of that year, the felling of a tree marked the official foundation of the City of Perth.

Britain claimed the territory, but explorers from other European nations including France and Holland had been visiting the WA coastline since the early 1600s. Prior to its discovery, WA had been populated by indigenous people for over 50,000 years.

Today Perth has a population of approximately 1.3 million people from a diverse range of cultures. It is one of the most beautiful, healthy and welcoming cities in Australia. When do eventually visit, be sure to remember those that discovered this stunning side of Australia.

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