Cockburn History: Coogee Hotel & Post Office
Oct10

Cockburn History: Coogee Hotel & Post Office

In 1898, Walter Powell, an accountant in Fremantle, was granted a liquor license for a small hotel opposite Coogee Beach known as Four-mile Well, a property owned by his wife Letitia. He called it...

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Cockburn History: Bibra Lake AWAS camp
Sep28

Cockburn History: Bibra Lake AWAS camp

In 1941, with the WWII campaign in New Guinea stepping up, Australian servicemen engaged in home defence were needed at the front. The Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) was formed that year to...

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Suburban history: Beeliar
Sep20

Suburban history: Beeliar

In 1833, early settler R.M. Lyons spent many months talking to Indigenous people in the Cockburn area. He learned that the name Beeliar was used to describe Midgegooroo’s country, with borders that...

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New Local History Podcasts Collection
Jul01

New Local History Podcasts Collection

In addition to our Event Podcasts and our Indigenous Oral History Podcasts, we now have a collection of Local History Podcasts. Check out our Podcast Collections on our Podcasts Page. You can listen...

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Suburban History: Success
Feb18

Suburban History: Success

The name Success is one of the oldest names in Western Australian history. In 1827 Captain James Stirling sailed out of Sydney Harbour en route to the Swan River, to explore it as a site for...

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Cockburn History: Robb Jetty Abattoir
Jan23

Cockburn History: Robb Jetty Abattoir

The lone chimney that stands north of C.Y. O’Connor Reserve in North Coogee was once part of the Robb Jetty Abattoir. The meatworks served Cockburn and international markets for nearly a...

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Cockburn History: Watsonia Factory
Dec12

Cockburn History: Watsonia Factory

William Watson arrived in Fremantle in the 1890s and quickly established a successful smallgoods business in the port city. In 1902 he opened a piggery where Davilak Reserve now stands and in 1909...

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35 Years of Cockburn (in 200 words)
Nov26

35 Years of Cockburn (in 200 words)

In 1979, Cockburn was experiencing rapid change and a huge population growth. As the traditional market gardeners moved south after the War, large industries moved in and block sizes shrank....

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Cockburn History: Spearwood Railway Station
Mar14

Cockburn History: Spearwood Railway Station

Photo © Azelia Ley Homestead Museum/Cockburn Libraries The Spearwood Railway station is a long-forgotten part of Cockburn’s heritage. In 1905, farmers in the Jandakot area succeeded in their...

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Cockburn History: Boat sheds at Coogee Beach
Dec07

Cockburn History: Boat sheds at Coogee Beach

Coogee Beach boat sheds © Azelia Ley Homestead Museum, Cockburn Public Libraries Cockburn locals have fond memories of the little holiday shacks that used to be scattered around the dunes of Coogee...

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