H.M.S. Sulphur 1829-1832
by E.S. & C.G.S. Whitely
ISBN 978-0-85905-020-3, (New, 2010), A4, 101pp, 300grams
H.M.S. Sulphur contains a detailed overview of the role of the ship in the early colony, extensive correspondence of its commissioning by the Admiralty, the complete colonial correspondence relating to the ship and its crew, muster rolls of the crew, the acrimonious correspondence with the excitable Governor Stirling, the narrative of the Sulphur’s voyage around the world 1836-1842, and the activities of the ship in the 1840-1841 war with China.
The Sulphur was considered by Dr Cyril Bryan as “the pioneer vessel of the Swan River Settlement.”
This book H.M.S. Sulphur & The Military Establishment are the first publication of the privately circulated manuscripts written by the Whiteleys in the 1960s. The husband and wife team were executive members of the Royal Western Australian Historical Society but their work has been generally little known due to the limitations on publication at the time. Hesperian Press acquired the rights in the early 1980s. The third volume, The First Five Hundred, will be published in early 2011.