WEDNESDAY, April 22 marks the 150th anniversary of the death of our founder and first Governor, James Stirling.
The then Captain and later Admiral Sir James Stirling started to build what we all enjoy today, which therefore makes him the most significant person in the history of modern Western Australia.
The cities of Perth and Swan will fly flags at half-mast, with the significant anniversary being acknowledged during a service in St George’s Cathedral.
Meanwhile our City of Stirling, whose plaque and Arms hang in the English church of Stirling’s marriage and burial, dithers as to what, if anything, it will do on this day to acknowledge the man after whom our city is named.
Let the rest of us pause for a moment on Wednesday to acknowledge the man who through dogged persistence and adversity started it all for Western Australia.
SID BREEDEN, Scarborough.