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We do not know the exact location of Leake's home in Fremantle
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We do not know the exact date Leake moved to Fremantle, however an early reference is a letter written by his daughter, Ann Elizabeth, detailing the family's Fremantle home. [5]
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A report by the Heritage Council of Western Australia states that 'He did not work his [Ellen Brook] grant himself, nor reside on it. A financial return from agricultural production could take several years to achieve, so Leake set himself up in a more profitable business, as a merchant at Fremantle.' [9, p 4] A letter written by his daughter, Ann Elizabeth Leake, to her former governess Miss Sykes on 3 January 1830 from the Swan River reads: 'I think you would laugh to see how we live here in a square place made of rushes which we have dignified with the name of house, but inside we are very comfortable, at least I think so in comparison with some of our neighbours ... There are three towns here, the one in which we live, is called Fremantle, which is composed of houses made of rushes or of wood and there are also a great many tents; it is situated at the sea-shore.' [5] The Leakes' home in Fremantle had many visitors and guests. [3] In Two Years at Sea, Jane Roberts describes the Leakes' home in Fremantle as 'the best in town' [4, p 86]
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