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Mandurah-Busselton Region Local History

The region had been inhabited for several thousand years by tribes of the Noongar people whose leader at that time was Galyute.

1830 May - Rockingham received it's name

from the sailing ship Rockingham, bought by Thomas Peel to carry settlers to Western Australia, arriving in May 1830. The Rockingham was blown ashore and eventually abandoned after failed attempts to refloat her. She eventually broke up. Settlers supposedly camped near the wreck and used the name “Rockingham Town” as their address.

1847 Rockingham First Surveyed

and lots offered for sale. However, few lots were sold until....

1872 Development of Railway and Jetty

to transport jarrah timber and sandalwood from Jarrahdale overseas. Rockingham prospered until...

1897 Construction of the Inner Harbour of Fremantle.

Today Rockingham & Mandurah have become satellite cities in Perth's south-west and are among Australia's fastest growing residential Districts.

History of Mandurah

The Noongar (or Bibbulmun) people, who inhabited the southwest of Western Australia, named the area Mandjar ("meeting place"). After European settlement the name changed, possibly due to mispronunciation, to Mandurah.

1829 December - Thomas Peel arrived in Western Australia

from the UK with workmen, equipment and stores on the ship Gilmore. He had financed the trip in exchange for a grant of land in the Swan River Colony. A term of the grant was that he arrive no later than 1 November 1829, thus his original land grant was forfeited.

Undaunted, Peel built a small settlement named Clarence south of the Swan River Colony at what is known today as Woodman Point. Facing many problems with the settlement and his own ill-health, Peel led the remaining Clarence settlers to the area known today as Mandurah.Soon after, other settlers also took up land in Mandurah including the families Hall (whose cottage at Halls Head is one of the region's most notable heritage places), Tuckey and Eacott. The census of 1837 records only 12 settlers at Mandurah, probably representing only 3 households. Thomas Peel died in 1865 but Mandurah continued to grow, albeit very slowly, over the years leading to the 20th century. Fish were abundant in the early years, and in 1870 a fish cannery was established at Mandurah.

Mandurah's Places of cultural heritage significance

  • 1830 Peel's house sitesouthern side of the corner of Mandurah Terrace & Stewart Street, Mandurah
  • 1830 Eacott Cottage, 35 Gibla St Mandurah
  • 1833 Hall's Cottage, 7 Leighton Place, Halls Head
  • 1843 Cooper's Mill, Murray Terrace, Cooleenup Island, North Yunderup.
  • 1853 Hardy House860 Estuary Rd Mandurah
  • 1854 Fouracres Cottage ruinwest side of Old Coast Road between Peppermint Grove and Coronation Roads, Waroona
  • 1860s Sutton's FarmApollo Place & Picaroon Place, Halls Head
  • 1860s Sutton's graveyardcnr Finistere Is. Retreat & Picaroon Place, Halls Head
  • 1862, 1928)Sutton's Corner Store & house, Eureka Shops/Cottage, 2 Mandurah Tce, Mandurah
  • 1866 Herron HomesteadLot 85 Quail Road, Herron Lake, Clifton
  • 1870 Christ's Church(Anglican) 34-36 Pinjarra Road (corner Sholl Street),
  • 1870 Little Theatre and site of the old Fish Cannery(aka Peel Inlet Preserving Works), 5 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah
  • 1882 Brighton Hotel8-10 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah
  • 1894 Mandurah Bridgereplaced 1953, linking the town centre to Halls Head
  • 1900 Mandurah Museum(incorp.old school
  • -1900), cnr Mandurah Tce & Pinjarra Road, Mandurah
  • 1913 Allandale Homestead(Dawes House), Lot 102 Estuary Road, Dawesville
  • Tuckey Store & House & Slim Jim Cotton Palm, 1 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah

*** There are many more listed on the Mandurah Heritage Register ***

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