Cockburn Murder Mystery: Robb’s Jetty Explosion 1903
Apr20

Cockburn Murder Mystery: Robb’s Jetty Explosion 1903

Fire, sabotage, and death at the turn-of-the-century. Robb’s Jetty Explosives Magazine. At 7pm on the night of Wednesday, 15th July 1903, a terrible explosion ripped through the beachside...

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Cockburn History: Jandakot Christmas Tree
Apr14

Cockburn History: Jandakot Christmas Tree

On Saturday, 22 December 1900, the first annual Jandakot Christmas Tree was held at the newly-built Jandakot Agricultural Hall for the children and families of the young farming district. Mr and Mrs...

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Cockburn History: Horses, racing & stables in Cockburn
Sep28

Cockburn History: Horses, racing & stables in Cockburn

The Cockburn coastline has played host to horses, races, and stables since the earliest days of European settlement. Early settlers held a pony race beside the beach at South Fremantle in 1833,...

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Cockburn History: Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall
Jul22

Cockburn History: Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall

In 1924, market gardeners and local politicians of the Spearwood and Hamilton Hill areas formed an association to raise funds for a war memorial. They wanted to honour the memories of the men from...

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WA Day special: Clarence Townsite and Thomas Peel
Jun01

WA Day special: Clarence Townsite and Thomas Peel

Cockburn History – Clarence Townsite: Have you ever wondered about the origins of WA Day? Did you know that one of the earliest European settlements in Western Australia was right here in...

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Cockburn History: Happy 40th, Spearwood Library
Mar01

Cockburn History: Happy 40th, Spearwood Library

Spearwood Library celebrates its 40th birthday this month. Officially opened 24 March 1976. A lot has changed since Spearwood Public Library first opened its doors, 40 years ago this month. As the...

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Suburban History: South Lake
Feb11

Suburban History: South Lake

South Lake, like many other suburbs east of Bibra Lake, was originally part of the Jandakot Agricultural Area. Parcels of land in the fertile, swampy district were offered for sale by the government...

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Cockburn History: Woodman Point Racecourse
Nov02

Cockburn History: Woodman Point Racecourse

Horse racing and stables have always been an important part of the history of Cockburn. Since the earliest days of settlement, Fremantle jockeys and trainers have headed south of the port city to...

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Suburban History: Henderson
Oct26

Suburban History: Henderson

Henderson is named for Sir Reginald Henderson, the British Admiral who recommended a naval base be built in Cockburn Sound in 1910. During the 19th century the land along the Cockburn coast –...

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Suburban History: Hammond Park
Oct17

Suburban History: Hammond Park

The first land grant of the area around Jilbup (Thomsons) Lake, in what is now Hammond Park, was to George Dunnage, who had 20,000 acres granted in 1830, including the whole Hammond Park area....

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