Hamersley family

The Hamersley family were a wealthy and well-connected family of early settlers in the colony of Western Australia. Members of the Hamersley family emigrated to Western Australia from England in 1837.

Margaret, Lady Forrest, née Hamersley, 1876

Prominent members and connections of the family included:

A number of places in Western Australia have been named after the Hamersley family. John Septimus Roe named the Hamersley River in their honour in 1848–49; and Francis Gregory also named the Hamersley Range in the Pilbara region in their honour. John Forrest, during his 1869 exploring expedition, named Mount Bevon, Mount George, Mount Malcolm, Mount Flora, Mount Elvire and Mount Margaret, all in honour of members of the Hamersley family.[1]

The Hamersley Ward of the City of Stirling (formerly Perth Road Board), the suburb of Hamersley, settled in the late 1960s, a golf course in North Beach, and at least ten streets in the Perth suburbs of North Beach and Watermans Bay are named after members of the family. Their 19th-century home, Hamersley House in Beachton Street, North Beach was demolished in 1962.


  1. ^ a b "Mr Forrest's Expedition". The Perth Gazette and West Australian Times. 24 September 1869. p. 3. Retrieved 26 October 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)