The Kellogg Boys of Thomas Road

  In 1953, construction began on the Australasian Petroleum Refinery¬†in Kwinana. The size of the project demanded a workforce of over 400 men, but the relative isolation of the site made transporting labourers in and out of the area a significant challenge. Some men undertook a 40 minute bus ride to Perth and back, but in order to increase efficiency Kellogg International Corporation, the company … Continue reading The Kellogg Boys of Thomas Road

Building the refinery

Initial construction work on the refinery began on 1 October 1952, when subcontracts were let for fencing the site and for preliminary scrub clearing and road building. Within six months, the area was cleared and levelled, roads completed and temporary buildings to enable construction installed. Excavation work for the refinery began, and cement was poured in April 1953. By the middle of that year, 1,000 … Continue reading Building the refinery

Building an industry

Throughout 1953 contractors were hard at work erecting a steel city for Anglo-Persian (later BP) and Broken Hill Proprietary Ltd down on the beach front. Most of the contract workers were men who would have little to do with Kwinana’s future, and who were housed in a temporary construction camp. They knew that when the project was over they would be sent to some other … Continue reading Building an industry