By Claire Ottaviano
A FEW hundred descendants of the Haddrill Swan Valley pioneering family will come together for a 190th reunion next weekend.
William and Hannah Haddrill are two of the Swan River Colony’s earliest pioneers.
They came to Australia with their two young children George and Ann from Wiltshire in the UK on February 1, 1831.
A roof thatcher and agricultural labourer, William Haddrill paid a £15 deposit for 20 acres of land in Upper Swan in April 1833.
The property was on a 2500 acre parcel of land named Albion Town, which was intended to be an established town.
William Haddrill’s great great great grandaughter Lynda Parker said while the town name never stuck, the Haddrills still refer to the three-room cottage off West Swan Road as Albion Town.
“The Haddrill cottage remained in the Haddrill family up until the late 1970s – with no electricity,” she said.
“The Haddrills would like to see the Government buy the house and perhaps preserve it as a museum for the Swan Valley’s history.
“It must be one of the oldest cottages still standing and liveable.”
William and Hannah’s daughter Ann married Andrew Minchin, and they followed her big brother George to the Victorian goldfields around 1854.
Thomas Daniel was the first of the family to be born in Australia, he later married Hannah Grover, another pioneer family.
Hannah was also the first to be baptised in All Saints Upper Swan church, the oldest church still operating in WA.
The Haddrills have had many reunions on and off throughout the years, the biggest was the 150th anniversary 40 years ago.
The reunion will be held near Mussel Pool in Whiteman Park, October 2 from 9.30am to 3pm.