Brig Amity Replica

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Brig Amity Replica

The arrival of the Brig Amity in 1826 marks the beginn­ing of European settle­ment in West­ern Australia.

The Journey

In the ear­ly 1800's the New South Wales Gov­ern­ment saw a need to establish a milit­ary outpost on the west coast to counter French ambitions. A settle­ment party was assembled and the Amity dis­patched from Sydney on the 9th November 1826.

After a difficult 6 week journey through rough seas and the swelter­ing sum­mer sun, the Amity arrived in King George Sound on Dec­em­ber 25th, 1826.

On board were Major Edmund Lockyer, 19 soldiers, 23 con­vict tradesmen, a storekeeper, and the ship's own crew led by Lt. Colson Fest­ing, together with supplies and equip­ment for 6 months, in­clud­ing sheep and pigs.

On Dec­em­ber 26th, the party landed and began the settle­ment of Frederickstown, named in honour of Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany. Re­named 'Albany' in 1831, the settle­ment pre­-d­ates Perth by 2 years.

The Amity con­tinued life as a priv­ate vessel around Tasmania un­til she was wrecked in Bass Strait on an un­char­ted sandbank in 1845.

The Re­plica

In 1972, the idea of an Amity Re­plica was pro­posed as the focal point of celebrations of the 150th annivers­ary of the Brig's arrival.

After much dis­cussion, in­form­ation sourced by historian Les Johnson and fund­ing approved by Federal, State and local gov­ern­ment, con­struc­tion began in 1975.

The re­plica was built using de­signs, techniques and materials similar to those used in the ear­ly 1800s.

Local boat buil­der Stan Aust­in and shipwright Pieter van der Brugge lead the con­struc­tion with help from a team of local craftsmen.

The re­plica was built using de­signs, techniques and materials similar to those used in the ear­ly 1800s. Nat­ural bush timbers were sourced for many parts of the ship, with much time spent find­ing the right materials.

On board, an in­teract­ive audio tour helps you ex­plore the fascinat­ing history of WA's first settle­ment.

Article updated 02/09/2015.