Mary Ann Friend Journal

`The town of Freemantle (sic) strongly resembles a Country Fair and has a pretty appearance, the pretty white tents looking much like booths'.  

As a young bride in 1829, Mary Ann Friend set sail on the Wanstead embarking on a two year journey with her husband Matthew Curling Friend, Captain of the Wanstead.  The journal she kept during this voyage contains one of the earliest accounts of the Swan River Colony. Her frank sketch of the colony’s harsh conditions contributed to the ongoing difficulty in attracting new migrants.

Nearly 200 years later, the journal returned to Fremantle.

The original journal was acquired by the State Library of Western Australia with the assistance of the Australian Government through the National Cultural Heritage Account.

View the Mary Ann Friend journal journal in full. Turn the pages and see her story unfold.

Last updated on: 01 Dec 2017