1810 - 1853
Robert Dale (son of Major Thurston Dale) was born in Winchester, Hampshire in England in November 1810. He was made an ensign in the 63rd regiment in 1827. He arrived at Swan River aboard HMS Sulphur and acted as a temporary government surveyor.
Lt. William Preston led an
expedition on the 9th of September 1829. He was joined by Ensign Robert Dale – who
would go on to explore much of the hilly area to the east of Perth.
Much later on Dale was to be involved in a confrontation with some very hostile
natives (near Lake Monger) and was to bare two spear wounds for the rest of his days.
Dale was then re-assigned to the Garrison at Albany where he put his interest in exploration to good use again before being promoted to Lieutenant in November 1832. He left W.A. in October 1833 sailing aboard the Isabella. He took with him the head of local Aboriginal tribesman Yagan. Dale served in India before selling his commission in November 1835.
(Footnote: Dale River was named after Robert
Dale and the Helena River was named after
Robert Dale's sister.)