Study of a group of wealthy and influential merchant families who lived in Fremantle in the 19th century. Examines their role in Fremantle's development, their achievements and the heritage they left, and their contributions to the State. Also provides information about the people in their economic control, and explores the influence of this port city on Australian history. Based on the author's MA thesis. Includes references, bibliography and index. The writer is joint author of 'A Goodly Heritage: Christ Church Claremont'.