British Settlement

The first British settlement made in Western Australia was in Albany, this was quickly followed by the Swan River Colony and Augusta. The surrounding districts began to develop through the sheer determination and hard work of the early pioneers as they carved out a subsistence existence until the agricultural, whaling and timber industries began to flourish.

Convict labour and several migration schemes were used to maintain the workforce through early settlement and along with the enterprising pioneer families they began the process of carving the land into what we know now as Australia's South West.

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