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Mary Ann Friend Journal

The new colony had scarcely been established when Mary Ann Friend sailed into Fremantle on the Wansted. Mary Ann was en route from Portsmouth to Hobart when she arrived in the fledgling port and took up residence for a period of six weeks as she and her husband a more permanent stay in the then Swan River Colony.

The journal, which was recently acquired by the Library, details her impressions of the colony and her vibrant words are complemented by some rare and original watercolours of the Fremantle area. Sadly after the six weeks of residence, the Friend family decided to relocate to Hobart.

Nearly 200 years after Mary Ann Friend stayed in the colony, the evocative journal has now returned to Fremantle and will be available for public viewing from 11 November 2013 through to 3 March 2014 in the entrance hall of the Western Australian Museum's Shipwreck Gallery, 47 Cliff Street, Fremantle  and will be accompanied by interpretive panels. An accompanying education program has been prepared for school children.

The journal has now been digitised by the State Library of Western Australia and the original pages can be accessed online at http://purl.slwa.wa.gov.au/slwa_b3511109_359.   

To provide further background to the Mary Ann Friend story, Curtin University media students prepared a short film which can be viewed on Vimeo at http://vimeo.com/80132406.