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Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 5, 2012

It was disappointing that not more people came to the lecture on Mary Ann Friend at the Notre Dame University last night. They missed out on an excellent and engaging presentation about the young woman and her husband Matthew by the delightful Associate Professor Deborah Gare.

Mary Ann Friend wrote a journal about her travels in which some of the earliest watercolour paintings of Fremantle are published. The diary will be on auction at Christies in London on October 10 and the Western Australian State Library would like to buy it.

It would be fantastic to have the journal in W.A. but whatever the outcome of the auction I hope Deborah Gare will write a book about Mary Ann and Matthew Friend and their time in the Swan River Colony.

Although only 30 people turned up it was nice to see two candidates for next year’s state election attending in Liberal Matthew Hanssen and Greens Andrew Sullivan.

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  1. Roger Garwood said, on October 6, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Andrew, does that mean your ancestor was also exiled with Napoleon?


  2. freoview said, on October 5, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Napoleon was one of my favourite subjects in history lessons at high school.



  3. Andrew Sullivan said, on October 5, 2012 at 10:59 am

    It was a fascinating presentation. The story of Mary Ann Friend and the notes and paintings she made of the very earliest days of the Swan River Colony are truly unique and I hope the State can find its way to purchasing the diary. It turns out that her husband escorted Napoleon to his place of exile on St Helena and was stationed there for a while where he would have met one of my ancestors who was of equal rank. Just another one of those degrees of separation stories!!


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