Photographer's Note

This is my first attempt of a blue hour shot. Actually two, as you can see another shot in WS. They were separated in time by just 10 minutes. The photos were taken from South Perth, across the Swan River. As this is a North-South view the sun had set, approximately 15 minutes before, to the left of the buildings. By the way, please let me know which one you do like better.


Perth, the capital largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia was founded on 11 June 1892 by Captain James Stirling as the political centre of the free settler Swan River Colony and has continued to serve as the seat of Government for WA to the present day.

The naming of the city is attributed to Captain Stirling and it is quite clear that he had already selected the name Perth for the capital well before the town was proclaimed, as his proclamation of the colony, read in Fremantle on 18 June, ended "given under my hand and Seal at Perth this 18th Day of June 1829. James Stirling Lieutenant Governor". The only information on the source of the name comes from Fremantle's diary entry for 12 August, which records that they "named the Town Perth according to the wishes of Sir George Murray". Murray was born in Perth, Scotland, and was in 1829 Secretary of State for the Colonies and Member for Perthshire in the British House of Commons. It is therefore often asserted that the name was given in Murray's honour.
Before European settlement the area had been inhabited by the Whadjuk Noongar people for over 40,000 years, as evidenced by archaeological findings on the Upper Swan River. These Aborigines occupied the southwest corner of Western Australia, living as hunter-gatherers. The lakes on the coastal plain were particularly important to them, providing both spiritual and physical sustenance.
The area where Perth now stands was called Boorloo by the Aboriginals living there at the time of their first contact with Europeans in 1827. Boorloo formed part of Mooro, the tribal lands of the Yellagonga, one of several groups based around the Swan River and known collectively as the Whadjuk. The Whadjuk were part of a larger group of thirteen or more tribes which formed the south west socio-linguistic block known as the Noongar (The People), also sometimes called the Bibbulmun.
With a population estimated at 1.5 million people (2007 census), Perth is one of the most isolated metropolitan areas on Earth. The nearest city to Perth with a population over 1 million is Adelaide in South Australia, which is 2,104 kilometres away. Perth is geographically closer to East Timor and Jakarta, Indonesia, than it is to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

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