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.