Whilst Western Australia Day officially celebrates Captain Fremantle’s arrival on the west coast of Australia and the founding of the Swan River colony in 1829 by Admiral Sir James Stirling, it is, in the modern era, an opportunity to celebrate as a community the achievements of the people of our wonderful State, both past and present.
Whether you have descended from the first inhabitants of our land or from more recent European arrivals, or you have more recently chosen to settle in our State, I hope you feel that WA is now ‘home’. If you are from Western Australia but are currently living overseas, I am sure, like me, you still feel a strong connection with the State.
As the Fremantle Maritime Museum Welcome Walls will attest, my own personal journey had me arriving in Fremantle as a young lad in 1966. After living in other parts of Australia and overseas, and coming and going from WA during my naval career, I returned permanently in 2000. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be a Western Australian citizen.
Take a moment to reflect on the wonderful achievements of our great State. We have come along way in our short history and are the envy of many other jurisdictions. Whilst blessed with an abundance of natural resources and a favourable climate, it is the hard work, ingenuity and skills that the people of Western Australia have brought to bear that have allowed us to achieve what we have.
We cannot come together physically this year but please join me in virtually celebrating WA Day with the many West Australians scattered across the UK and Europe. The videos below are messages from a number of our good friends with a special message from our Premier, the Hon Mark McGowan MLA. I hope you enjoy them.
Contributions, videos and images supplied by:
Western Australia Government: Department of Agriculture, Department of Fisheries, Department of Mines and Petroleum, Department of Premier and Cabinet
Department of State Development, Tourism WA, The University of Western Australia, Australian Marine Complex, Small Business Development Corporation, Department of Training and Workforce Development, Department of Health, Elyse Marks Imaging