Below you’ll see an image of something quite common in this part of the world: A black swan. This is a stylised version of a swan as it represents the state of W.A. (that’s Western Australia for those who may be wondering ). Western Australia has a large land mass and could quite easily accommodate many other countries within its borders.( mathematically speaking) Though only founded in 1829 by Europeans, its original inhabitants frequented the Perth waterlands and river side because of the diversity of plants and animals including the very distinctive black swan. Hence the name chosen by the first English explorers for this stretch of water was the Swan River . It actually reaches from the inland hills right to the Port of Fremantle some many miles (sorry, kilometres) away.