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‚Äôs 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

Thomas Peel, a leader or a loser?

Thomas Peel, born in Lancashire in 1793, was part of a wealthy family which had made money from cotton manufacturing. Perhaps wishing to better himself socially, the young Thomas decided not to join the family firm but chose instead to work with a firm of attorneys. After living briefly in Scotland, he moved to London with his wife and children with the intention of emigrating … Continue reading Thomas Peel, a leader or a loser?