Establishment of Swan River Colony

On May 2, 1829, after anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of HMS Challenger, declared the Swan River Colony in Australia. The name was a pars pro toto for Western Australia. In 1832, the colony was renamed the Colony of Western Australia, when the colony’s founding Lieutenant-Governor, Captain James Stirling, belatedly received his commission. However, the name “Swan River Colony” remained in informal use for many years … Continue reading Establishment of Swan River Colony

Australia #423 (1966)

Australia #423 (1966)

The Commonwealth of Australia is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the world’s sixth-largest country by total area measuring a total of 2,969,907 square miles (7,692,024 square kilometers).  It’s capital is Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory while the largest city is Sydney in New South Wales.  The name “Australia” is derived from the Latin Terra … Continue reading Australia #423 (1966)