Place:Mandurah, Western Australia, Australia


Coordinates32.517°S 115.683°E
Located inWestern Australia, Australia
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Mandurah is a coastal city in Western Australia, situated approximately south of the state capital, Perth. It is the state's second-largest city, with a population just ahead of that of Bunbury.

Mandurah's central business district is located on the Mandurah Estuary, which is an outlet for the Peel Inlet and Harvey Estuary. The city takes its name from a Noongar word meaning "meeting place" or "trading place". A townsite for Mandurah was laid out in 1831, two years after the establishment of the Swan River Colony, but attracted few residents. Until the post-war boom of the 1950s and 1960s it was little more than a small fishing village. In subsequent years, Mandurah's reputation for boating and fishing attracted a large number of retirees, especially to the canal developments in the city's south. The 1000-hectare suburb of Halls Head was developed during the 1980s by the Parry Corporation and the state Government Employees Superannuation Board—one of the notorious WA Inc deals which later gave rise to a royal commission.

Along with four other local government areas (Boddington, Murray, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, and Waroona), the City of Mandurah is included in the wider Peel region. Mandurah is sometimes grouped together with Perth for statistical purposes, especially since the extension of the Kwinana Freeway and the completion of the Mandurah railway line in the late 2000s. The two cities now form a conurbation along the Indian Ocean coastline, although the Perth metropolitan area officially ends at Singleton.


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The Noongar (or Bibbulmun) people, who inhabited the southwest of Western Australia, named the area Mandjar ("meeting place"). After European settlement the name changed, possibly due to mispronunciation, to Mandurah.

In December 1829, Thomas Peel arrived in Western Australia from the United Kingdom with workmen, equipment and stores on the ship . He had financed the trip in exchange for a grant of land in the Swan River Colony. A term of the grant was that he arrive no later than 1 November 1829, thus his original land grant was forfeited. Undaunted, Peel built a small settlement named Clarence south of the Swan River Colony at what is known today as Woodman Point. Facing many problems with the settlement and his own ill-health, Peel led the remaining Clarence settlers to the area known today as Mandurah. Soon after, other settlers also took up land in Mandurah including the families Hall (whose cottage at Halls Head is one of the region's most notable heritage places), Tuckey and Eacott. The census of 1837 records only 12 settlers at Mandurah, probably representing only 3 households. Thomas Peel died in 1865 but Mandurah continued to grow, albeit very slowly, over the years leading to the 20th century. Fish were abundant in the early years, and in 1870 a fish cannery was established at Mandurah.

The population of the town was 160 (95 males and 65 females) in 1898.

Mandurah was administered under the Murray Road Board until 1949, when the Mandurah Road Board was established. However, dissension within the board during the 1950s saw it suspended and Commissioner Richard Rushton oversaw the town's affairs. On 26 April 1960, the Mandurah Road Board was reconstituted, and on 1 July 1961, in accordance with the Local Government Act 1960, the Shire of Mandurah was founded.

Industrial development at Kwinana(1955), a mining boom in nearby Jarrahdale (1963) and Wagerup (1984), with the associated industrial boom in Pinjarra (1963), combined with an idyllic lifestyle by the coast, saw Mandurah grow rapidly, and on 1 July 1987 it was upgraded to the Town of Mandurah. Three years later, on 14 April 1990, Mandurah became the fifth non-metropolitan settlement in Western Australia to become a city.

Places of cultural heritage significance

  • Cooper's Mill (c.1843), Murray Terrace, Cooleenup Island, North Yunderup.
  • Christ's Church (Anglican) (c.1870), 34-36 Pinjarra Road (corner Sholl Street), Mandurah.
  • Peel's house site (1830), southern side of the corner of Mandurah Terrace & Stewart Street, Mandurah.
  • Uniting Church (Former Methodist Church - 1940), 26 Sutton Street (corner of Gibson Street), Mandurah.
  • Eacott Cottage (1830), 35 Gibla St Mandurah.
  • Brighton Hotel (1882), 8-10 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah.
  • Little Theatre and site of the old Fish Cannery (aka Peel Inlet Preserving Works), 5 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah.
  • Sutton's Corner Store and house, Eureka Shops/Cottage (1862, 1928), 2 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah.
  • Tuckey Store & House & Slim Jim Cotton Palm, 1 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah.
  • Mandurah Museum (incorporating old school - 1900), corner Mandurah Terrace & Pinjarra Road, Mandurah.
  • Mandurah Bridge (1894, replaced 1953), linking the town centre to Halls Head.
  • Hall's Cottage (1833), 7 Leighton Place, Halls Head.
  • Sutton's Farm (1860s), Apollo Place & Picaroon Place, Halls Head.
  • Sutton's graveyard (1860s), corner Finistere Island Retreat & Picaroon Place, Halls Head.
  • Allandale Homestead (Dawes House - 1913), Lot 102 Estuary Road, Dawesville.
  • Herron Homestead (1866), Lot 85 Quail Road, Herron Lake, Clifton.
  • Hardy House (c.1853), 860 Estuary Rd Mandurah.
  • Fouracres Cottage ruin (c.1854), west side of Old Coast Road between Peppermint Grove and Coronation Roads, Waroona.

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