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Thomas Bannister

Bannister Street is named after Captain Thomas Bannister (1799-1874) who arrived aboard the Atwick in 1829 and was one of the first four buyers of town allotments sold in Fremantle in September 1829 (Hitchcock: 15). Kate Caldwell writes that he was the first (Caldwell: 46). He bought lots 29-30. Lot 30 is on the NW corner of Mouat and High Streets and lot 29 is next to it in Mouat Street. The Habgood family had a five-roomed cottage on lot 30 in the nineteenth century. After Robert Habgood’s death in 1882, his wife Sarah (nee Smithers) sold the vacant portion of the property to the National Bank of Australia in 1884, which built the extant building in 1902.

Capt. T. Bannister was the buyer of the first allotment in Fremantle. He was an early explorer and at one time Government Resident in the town. On December 11, 1830, he set out with Mr. Smythe of the Surveyor-General's Department, and two servants to tramp to Albany via Kelmscott. They duly arrived on February 4, 1831. Bannister, near the Williams, bears his name.

References and Links

Caldwell, Miss K[ate], 1931, 'Fremantle street names'Early Days, vol. 1, part 9: 45-57.

See also: Bannister Street.

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