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  1. Thank you for the statue talk it was really interesting.-Adam
    Thank you for telling everyone about statues it made me think about the people back then.- Cale

  2. Dear Mrs. Lockyer,
    Thank you for our Statue lessons so far we really are enjoying them a lot.

    I wonder is Ann had anymore children?
    Its bugging me that Fanny tried and tried and never got her way.

    From Megan and Scarlett

      • Dear Mrs. Lockyer,

        thank you for the reply I really got some new awesome facts about Mrs. Quinn.

        I’m thinking Mrs. Quinn should get a small statue in public because she has showed bravery and courage to go walk in 40 degrees to find her son that is a very high achievement and she did in black. So crazy I wouldn’t do that but she did.
        sadly she died 5 miles off track I wish she survived so I could here some more great history bout her.

        From Megan!

        • Thanks for the comment, Megan. I’m not sure about ‘bravery’, but I’m with you on the ‘crazy’! You have made me think more – I wonder if she made it that we would not even know about her in history?

  3. Thank for the talks about the people that should have status and the people who should not. Its bugging me that captain Fremantle has a statue because he committed crime.

  4. Ms Lockyer thank you for these “is statue” talks they are really interesting. In the future can you do a presentation about CY O’Connor? It was interesting about the Thomas Peel, but why was the football team named after him? Why not something else?

    • Thanks for the feedback David, and also for the request about CY O’Connor. Do you really think the football team was named after him, or after something else? Let me know if you find out the answer!

  5. Thanks Miss Lockyer for teaching us about all these people in history and making us think about if these people deserved a statue. I used to think that Captain Fremantle was good because Fremantle was named after him and he won a bravery award but then I realized that he was actually a bit of a bad person because he assaulted his own maid and his dad bribed someone and paid of the eyewitnesses and also paid someone to destroy the evidence so Captain Fremantle was not in jail.

  6. we thought that most people with a statues are good people. but thx to miss Lockyer we all know that there are little stories that are EVIL and I bet you didn’t know about king Leopold and how he chopped peoples hands but know you do thx to miss Lockyer.

    • Thanks for the feedback, Jesse and Denim. I wonder if they really knew everything about King Leopold when they named the mountain ranges after him? Perhaps they were not good at research and fact-checking!

  7. We think that Fanny Balbuk deserves to wreck peoples houses because she lived there before anyone did and the government house is over where her grandmother died so she has the rights to destroy houses.

  8. Thank you miss locker for intertrusing us to all the statues you talked about. are Favourite person was fanny balbuk because she stood up for her self and being pesitend. I WISH SHE HAD A STATUE. Can you please tell us more about people like her. we really injoyed it

  9. Thanks Ms. Lockyer for the amazing statue talks, it is really making us think. We are wondering about Fanny Balbulk and how she felt about the new houses in her territory. It’s bugging me that Fanny Balbulk doesn’t have a statue but it is good that she might be having a highway. From Amber and Abbey

    • Thanks for the lovely feedback, Abbey and Amber. Yes, I think that would be fantastic if the name of the Causeway gets changed to Fanny Balbuk Way. I wonder if we can do anything about this?

      • Thanks Ms. Lockyer,
        We have a few ideas of how to change the governments mind to make the causeway called Fanny Balbulk Way. We maybe could write a persuasive text and we could bring up the old newspapers so they can read them.
        From Abbey and Amber

  10. I like listening to your interesting stories about history.
    It’s strange how King Leopold Ranges’ guards in the Congo chopped off slaves hands. I found it really weird the way they did it.

    Your stories are amazing

  11. Thank you for these efforts of these great history lessons, I love learning about these people of history. I wonder if all the factions are after a person of history with a big story that might have been a little bad while the names of smaller people with smaller voice and softer voice that not as many people don’t know but they did some thing good and they are not the name of the factions.

    • Thanks for your feedback, Shray. Wow, great thinking here about the factions. I guess you are talking about the House names in our College? If we had more Houses, which names would you give them?

  12. dear Ms. Lockyer,
    we have loved listening to your Is Statue? talks and look forward to more. in our opion the most interesting talk was about king leopold because he was a king and we expected him to be brave and noble and also that his guards chopped off the hands of the African people.
    We think that you should do a googles and spike video to tell people more about the people with quieter voices.
    Thanks very much for the talks they were the highlight of every week

    • Thanks for the enthusiastic feedback, Hazel and Katie. Yes, I think the story about King Leopold was very striking, and I admit that I do like unearthing ‘horrible’ histories! It makes me very grateful to live in a country with a fair and caring government. I appreciate the tip about a ‘Goggles and Spike’ movie, and will do one if I can. I’m glad you are thinking about the people with quieter voices, and I believe these ones tell the real facts of history.

      • Hey MS Lockyer we also love history stories with a twist, so we are hoping for more ASAP I think that Bessie Way was a great story and really showed life at the time of the gold rush. Thanks MS Lockyer.

  13. Dear Miss lockyer I really enjoyed how you told us about the story I the past. I think fanny balbuk deserves a statues because she was nice and people had build stuff in her land.

  14. We are loving the statues that you are teaching us about and we would like you to teach us more.

    We would like to learn about if kids have ever got a statues.

  15. thanks for the statue talks but it bugging that King Leopold’s guards didn’t listen to him and shot animals and chopped of there hands and other peoples hands to make him think they did what he wanted them to do.

  16. ?I really enjoyed your story about thomas peel

    what happened to the killed passenger?
    Where did they take her or bury her?

    • The passenger who died on the beach was a baby, Sarah Ann Lockyer. We are not sure where she is buried, but it might have been in the original Fremantle cemetery, which is near Stevens St Fremantle. Most of the graves were relocated from here up to the East Perth Cemetery, but there is no record of baby Sarah Ann Lockyer there.

  17. I love your stories. They are so interesting and amazing. I also love your voice tone when you read out things.

    My question is when James Stirling died.

    I also think you should talk to us about Christopher Colombous.

  18. I liked the talk about Ann Lockyer.

    How long did it take to get from Europe to Australia?

    Did Ann have more then 1 child?

    • Thanks for your feedback Olivia. It took about 100 days to get from Europe to the Swan River Colony. Ann had another child called Emily, who went on to have her own children.

  19. hi mrs Lockyer i have been enjoying these past few days of the history lessons i was very interested in Anne Lockyer. I am curios do you know anything else of her? I am just wondering because there is a statue of her and there’s not alot of information about her. I would be delighted to hear more information about Anne.

    • Thanks for the feedback and the great questions Kayla. There is no statue of her. I think this is because she was just a very ordinary person in an interesting story of the beginnings of the Swan River Colony. We know a bit about Ann from letters that she wrote to her family. In one of them she wrote: “After all my hard steps, I do not wish myself in England again: I hear such bad accounts of it.” Imagine that – the Swan River Colony was a better place than England!

  20. hey MRS Lockyer

    i loved that talk about Thomas peel and his adventures 😎😁🤗
    please don`t Del the emoji`s

    thanks James 😉

  21. I really enjoyed the story of Anne Lockyer, It was really interesting.

    I can’t believe you are related!

    What else do you know about her?

    • Thanks for the feedback Sarah. I know that Ann had another daughter, and that her husband James built them a comfortable little cottage in Perth. We know a bit about Ann because she wrote letters back to her family in England. I would really love to see those letters one day. I think they must be in a library in England.

  22. Mrs Lockeyer i loved the comment that you did about Thomas Peel

    Is there any other people related to Thomas Peel and you?

    • Thanks for your feedback Louis. No, Thomas Peel is not related to me. Some of his descendants still live in the Mandurah area. I know quite a bit about my ancestors, so I hope I get to tell you about them so day.

  23. I really enjoyed learning about Thomas Peel.

    I was very interested on what he did on the piece of land that he owned.

    My question is why did he want to own a piece of land when he know’s that he was going to be broke?

    • Thanks for the feedback William. Ann Lockyer and her husband had another daughter called Emily. Ann’s husband James built them a sturdy cottage in Perth a few months later.

  24. I really enjoyed all of your stories.
    Why didn’t Ann lockyer take Sarah Ann
    straight to the hospital or to a doctor.

    • Thanks for the feedback, Emily and thanks for your interesting question. There were no hospitals in the Swan River Colony back then. I imagine that there were not enough doctors either. I am wondering if they didn’t think to ask the Aboriginal people for help, as they were very knowledgeable about medicine and health.

    • Thanks for the feedback Kevin. I imagine the seabird soup might not have tasted so good. However, when you are starving, you might not care so much about the taste. What do you think? I keep imagining that the soup tasted like very weak and watery chicken soup.

  25. I really liked the story about Anne Lockeyer.

    But why did Thomas Peel leave all those people on the boat on the beach?

    Thanks for taking time out of your day to tell me stories about amazing and horrid people1

    • Thanks for your feedback Ashleigh.
      I think he might have panicked, and also probably didn’t know what to do. Back in those days there were no emergency services to help people out!

  26. I liked the story bout Thomas Peel.

    I also had a question.
    Why did Thomas want Part of the land? Did he do it because he wanted to be like a king? Or did he do it because he wanted to be well known around the world, or did he wanto have part of the land because he wanted to be fame?

    • Wow, impressive thinking Jessica. I think he wanted to make money, and that’s why he organised the ship carrying the migrants. I think he wanted some land because he wanted to be an important person in the Swan River Colony.

    • Good question, Atiyyah. I believe his wife and daughters returned to England in 1839 and died there in 1857. I wonder if she liked living in the Swan River Colony and asked to go back?

  27. I loved the tree planted in Fremantle.

    My question is why did the Europeans plant the tree in that particular spot?

    • Great question, Madison! I imagine that the layout of the streets in that part of Fremantle was quite different to what it is now. It would have been an important part of Fremantle back then, being right next to the Catholic church and the Boys’ School. Have you ever been past the tree?

  28. I liked to learn about Anne Lockyer. I found her story interesting.

    Why did Ann Lockyer have her statue in Kings park?

    How long did the journey take?

    • Thanks for your feedback Layla. The statue in King’s Park is not specifically for Ann Lockyer, but for all pioneer women. It acknowledges their contribution to the growth of the Swan River Colony. I don’t know if Ann deserves a statue because i don’t know everything about her life. I imagine that many mothers found life really tough when they arrived here back then.

    • I’m not sure what happened to Ann Lockyer after this. I know that she had another daughter called Emily, who had a family of her own – so Ann would have become a grandmother. I also know that James was a competent builder and after a few months, built a sturdy house in Perth for his family. Hunter, now you have got me wanting to do more research!

  29. i really liked the story about Thomas Peel

    My question is why did he start the whale business
    How long did it take to get there on his ship

    • Thanks for your feedback Luke. I found out that the journey took 100 days. I imagine the passengers felt pretty cross when they arrived too late to qualify for the ‘free’ land in the Swan River Colony! I think he started the whale business because he was not a very good farmer, and the land he had been granted was very sandy. It seems like Thomas Peel always had problems managing his money, and whaling was one of the very few profitable industries of the Swan River Colony.

  30. I really enjoyed when you told us about the tree I forgot the name I am hoping you could tell me it.
    My question is what exactly made that tree special?

    • It’s called the Proclamation Tree. It is special to me because it’s kind-of hidden away. Unless you know the story, you would think it was just an ordinary street tree. I like imagining the time when the tree was planted, when the whole of Perth was celebrating becoming a self-governing colony – just like the other Australian states. WA was growing up!

  31. I thought that today’s lesson was very interesting.

    I would like to learn more about Thomas Peel.

    I wonder what we will learn next?

    • Thanks for your feedback Clara. Keep an eye on the blog, as I will be adding links for more information about the ‘Statues’ people. Sneak preview: this week’s talk will feature Matron Bessie Way, and Mrs Quinn. Be prepared for a very tragic story!

  32. I like Anne the most because it was a very good story.

    Did she have more kids or just one?

    How did Anne get sick and her child?

    • Yes, Ann had another daughter called Emily. I found this out by looking at my family tree poster. Emily had three children of her own, so Ann became a grandmother. Ann had dysentery, a disease caused by lack of hygiene. There were no toilets or bathrooms in their camp on the beach at Clarence!

  33. Mrs Lockyer you have the best photos of status around Perth and i think there should be a statue of a famous ship that was destroyed.

  34. Hello Mrs. Lockeyer
    I loved the talk about the person in Kalgoorlie.
    Did the person speak English and if she did why didn`t she ask one of the staff or people to use there phone or to even get something to eat, and also I don`t get it because why would you just wonder off when you don`t know where your going and especially not bring food!

  35. Dear Miss lockyer

    I really like you telling us about statues and I really like you showing us the information

    From Benjamin.Lin

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