Naval Base and Henderson – Naval Defence Plans Remain Only in The Suburb Names

Naval Base, a suburb of Kwinana, and its neighbour, Henderson, a suburb of Cockburn, were both born of a perceived need to provide naval defence for Australia in the west. During the 19th century, the British Admiralty preferred the colonies and dominions to contribute financially and with crews to the Empire’s naval defence, but from the beginning of the 20th century Australians started to push … Continue reading Naval Base and Henderson – Naval Defence Plans Remain Only in The Suburb Names

East Rockingham School -an impressive early building

Long before Kwinana was planned, a limestone block school was built in 1865 in what was then known as East Rockingham and which later became Kwinana. It stood on the north east junction of Mandurah Road and Wellard Road and consisted of one school room and one room for the teacher’s quarters. On Sundays Tom Smirk, a ticket of leave man, also used the school … Continue reading East Rockingham School -an impressive early building

Shipwrecks along the coast near Kwinana

The large number of ships wrecked along the coast of Western Australia was sometimes due to the powerful storms and gales which occur at certain times of the year when the wind is normally onshore. There was also a problem of sandbanks, islands and reefs which presented formidable obstacles for mariners and many sunken vessels have never been located. The shipwrecks near the Rockingham-Kwinana-Cockburn coastline … Continue reading Shipwrecks along the coast near Kwinana