Biographical entry Preston, William (1803 - ?)


Lieutenant in the Royal Navy and captain of the Sulphur (ship) which accompanied the Parmelia (ship) conveying Captain James Stirling to the Swan River in 1829. Preston was granted 2260 acres of land in the new colony. He explored Geographe Bay in 1829 with Dr. Alexander Collie in the Colonist (ship). He led an overland expedition from Augusta in 1831 He was later appointed Master of the colonial schooner Ellen. The Preston River was named in his honour.

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  • Observations on the coast, country, etc. from Cockburn Sound to Geographe Bay, between the 17th and 30th November 1829 / by A. Collie and Lieutenant Preston, R.N., 1829, Q 919.412 COL; State Library of Western Australia. Details