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Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 12, 2012

It was fantastic to hear last evening that the W.A. State Library managed to buy the journal of Mary Ann Friend at the auction at Christies in London on Wednesday. While Christies estimated to get a quarter of a million dollar, the diary sold for a bit under $ 190,000.

Only ten days ago I had the pleasure of attending a function at Notre Dame University to make people aware that the library needed funds to buy the journal which has the earliest paintings of Fremantle in it. Mary Ann and her husband Matthew visited Fremantle in 1830 for six weeks so it is great this piece of history will now come to Western Australia.

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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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