Australia became a nation on 1 January 1901 when six British colonies—New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania—united to form the Commonwealth of Australia. This process is known as federation.
This is a drawing of the steel barque Hougomont, launched in Despite its provenance, it is not the convict ship Hougoumont that brought the first convicts to Western Australia. The original drawing is held by the Battye Library
WA.158 Loading Wool London Nor West..., c1890 L. Gray-Williams & Co. Loading Wool London Nor West [bullock team near stern], c1890. Albumen paper photograph, titled and annotated "L. Gray-Williams & Co., Fremantle, W.A." in negative below, 17.9 x 13.6cm.
STS Leeuwin II is Western Australia's own Tall Ship, a barquentine with over 810 square metres of sail and an overall length of 55 metres. Launched in STS Leeuwin II is Australia's largest sail training tall ship.
WA.159 Loading London Nor West..., c1890 L. Gray-Williams & Co. Loading London Nor West [horse drawn wagon in foreground], c1890. Albumen paper photograph, titled and annotated "L. Gray-Williams & Co., Fremantle, W.A." in negative below, 13.2 x 18.7cm.
Visitors would flock into Perth from Fremantle and Guildford to create a festive atmosphere. Food was sold from stalls along the River’s edge and around the jetties. Races were organized for all types of craft Judges sat on a steamer moored in the River and the Volunteer Band usually played on another boat. Novelty races such as the Duck Hunt and a greasy pole hung over the River concluded festivities.6106B_27_ed3.jpg (750×581)