Major Edmund Lockyer Memorial
Public Art : Major Edmund Lockyer Memorial (or simply
Architect : Unknown
Description : A local granite stone bearing a bronze
Date Unveiled : Erected March, 1936.
Location : Residency Road, Albany, Western Australia
(Can't miss it, it's near the Brig Amity replica and Albany Museum).
To Major Edmund Lockyer
Of the 59th Rect.
Who landed here
From the Brig Amity
On the 26th December 1826
To found the settlement
Western side of Australia
So Who Was Major Edmund Lockyer ? : Edmund Lockyer (21st January
1784 – 10th June 1860) was a British soldier and explorer. Born in Plymouth, Devon, England, Lockyer began his army
career in 1803 at the age of 19. In 1824 he was transferred to the 57th regiment and shipped off to the British
colony in Sydney with his wife and 10 children.There he lead several expeditions including the exploration of the
upper regions of the Brisbane River where he became the first person to identify coal in Queensland. However he
will probably be best remembered for claiming Western Australia for Britain on the brig Amity in 1826 and
thus starting the first European settlement in Western Australia.
Man of Many Firsts : Edmund Lockyer was the first person to
discover coal in Queensland, the first to set up a colony in Western Australia, the first to set up a smelter
in Australia and the first Usher of the Black Rod in the Parliament of New South Wales.