Mandurah a Brief History

The first people known to have inhabited the area were Bindjareb of the Bibulmun Nation. These people lived well off the land, which abounded in fish, game, berries and fruits. The locality then was known as Mandjoogoordap, which translates as ‘meeting place of the heart’. After European settlement the name was adapted to Mandurah.

In 1828 ‘Swan River Mania’ inspired Englishman Thomas Peel to bring a number of workmen, equipment and stores to Western Australia in exchange for a grant of land. The contract stipulated that Peel must arrive in the colony by 1st November 1829, however the ship Gilmore, carrying Peel and his followers did not arrive until mid December and Peel’s original land grant was forfeited.

Peel built a small settlement named Clarence, at what is known today as Woodman’s Point to await the arrival of two other ships the Hooghly and Rockingham which carried settlers, equipment and stores also belonging to Peel. After many mishaps and plagued by ill health Peel eventually brought his remaining settlers to the area known today as Mandurah.
At that time, Mandurah was a day’s journey by sea and two or more days by horse and cart, travelling across very rough country. The area remained isolated until 1850 when a road was built and a ferry punt constructed across the estuary.

Thomas Peel died in 1865, and Mandurah continued to expand slowly over the years, with the main industries of the township being fishing and fruit growing, as well as canning factories to store the produce. Charles Tuckey established a canning factory on what is now Mandurah Terrace.  The storeroom of the cannery remains and until recently, it traded as ‘Tuckey’s Tackle’.

A new inland road which ran through, nearby, Pinjarra was built in 1876 and this improved means of transportation meant a decline in Mandurah’s importance as more people settled in the Pinjarra area. Construction of Mandurah’s Traffic Bridge by Matthew Price in 1894 gave easier access to areas south of Mandurah and thus the area once again attracted a few more settlers, but it was not until the limestone road was replaced with bitumen that the area was made more attractive to travellers. A four hour trip to Perth on the limestone road was reduced to one hour when the road was covered with bitumen.
At the turn of the century Mandurah was already emerging as a tourist town as holidaymakers appreciated the ease of travel the bitumen provided and Mandurah’s reputation as a favoured holiday destination was quickly made. Mandurah continued to prosper with the fishing and canning industry and a timber mill, established in approximately 1911, providing jobs for local people.

The mill closed in approximately 1926, and as the canning industry declined after the death of Charles Tuckey in 1912, due in part to the high costs associated with transportation and competition from canned fish imports from overseas, the main industry in Mandurah became tourism. History records that “goldfields” people and later “wheatbelt” people patronised Mandurah largely because of its huge catches of fish. At this point, Mandurah was estimated to have not more than 150 permanent inhabitants.

Once again, when the holiday season was over, Mandurah fell back into a peaceful little village.

Local Government History
mandurah estuaryUp to that time Mandurah was under the jurisdiction of the Murray Roads Board. During the 1940s growth in the Mandurah area and a feeling of isolation from the Murray Roads Board, which was located in Pinjarra, made Mandurah residents examine the possibility of Secession (withdrawal) from the Murray Roads Board. Secession from the Murray Road Board was not without its opposition however, and Mandurah faced what was possibly its very first referendum to decide the issue.

In April 1948 the then Minister for Local Government gave the Mandurah Progress Association a number of points to consider prior to the establishment of its own local authority. Among the needs to be met by the community, the Minister listed that rates would increase and the old Mandurah Hall would be needed for one day a week to serve as a branch office. A full time inspector was to be engaged for six months of the year and would work in conjunction with a health inspector who would visit Mandurah once a week in order to arrange camping permits and sanitation requirements.

By mid 1949 with all conditions stipulated by the Minister and agreed by the Progress Association, Mandurah’s Roads Board was established controlling an area “between the sea and the estuary and Mandurah itself” (these boundaries were later realigned when the Board became a Shire Council) The inaugural meeting of the Board was held on 1 September 1949 and Mandurah headed into the second half of the 1900s as a separate Local Government entity.

As dissension against the Board grew, Mandurah’s residents demanded and eventually obtained an investigation in to the Board’s affairs. Whilst the majority of allegations made were levelled at the ‘inefficiency’ of only one Board member, the then Minister for Local Government ruled against the allegations, deeming “insufficient grounds for dismissal”. He did, however, find that a Board so sharply divided could not be expected to carry out the functions in the best interest of the community and suggested that the Board resign instead.

In July 1956 Commissioner Richard Rushton was appointed to handle the affairs of the town. Rushton was later replaced by Acting Commissioner Albert White in March of 1960 and it was during this year that the Road Board was again reformed, the Minister deeming that “any local authority worthy of the name should be controlled by members elected by ratepayers.

Following this decision, the Mandurah Road Board was reconstituted on 26 April 1960 and almost a year later on 1 July 1961 the gazettal of the Mandurah Shire Council was effected in accordance with the Local Government Act in 1960.

During the 1970s and 1980s Mandurah grew rapidly and on 1 July 1987 Mandurah was upgraded to Town status and became the ‘Town of Mandurah’. Yet another historic milestone was forged when the former President, Cr Bruce P. Cresswell was elected by Council to become the first Mayor of Mandurah.

From a very slow beginning, events for Mandurah have certainly moved very swiftly over the past 50 years, and the continued growth culminated on the 14th of April 1990 in a celebration of the attainment of City status to the ‘City of Mandurah’. Today, it appears difficult to reconcile the meteoric progress experience in the latter half of this Century to the wretchedness of the group that initially disembarked at Clarence. Mandurah is now one of the top tourist destinations in Western Australia, with a performing arts centre of international standard, cinema complex, spectacular waterways, first class holiday accommodation and overall a proud community spirit.

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The Wonderful John Boos Butcher Block

Remodeling your home can be an overwhelming task, especially once you get to working on the kitchen. There are so many parts of your kitchen to change; your floors, your cabinets, your appliances, and your countertops. When it comes to countertops, there are a lot of options at your disposal. Marble, granite, tile, you name it. An option a lot of people forget to explore are butcher block countertops.

Why butcher block?

Once you spend the time and money to replace your counters, they are something you will look at almost all day, every day. Not only that, but they will need to last a very long time. You won’t be replacing your countertops on a whim as your taste and needs change, so butcher block countertops are a great option.

Butcher blocks, both a table and a countertop, can be made in a variety of woods to fit your specific needs and style. Aside from their aesthetic appeal, butcher blocks are very functional. You won’t need to treat butcher blocks with kid gloves as you would with other materials. No need for a cutting board, no need to shoo the kids away when they have questionable substances spilling all over.

Types of butcher blocks

Once you decide to go with butcher block, which I’m sure you will, you will want the best. How do you know what will last? Look no further than John Boos butcher block. John Boos & Co has been in business for over 125 years, and with good reason. They are currently the only manufacturer in the United Stated to produce both wood products and stainless-steel products at one location. Their expertise outshines other companies, and their humble beginnings are relatable. No one has ever been disappointed with their products, and each piece is handmade in the United States, giving you a one of a kind, sturdy, durable, and beautiful product that will serve you for years to come. You are sure to be the envy of all your house guests.

John Boos butcher block comes in a variety of colors and finishes for your needs. Each type of wood comes in a distinct hue. Maple, cherry, oak, sycamore, walnut, and so on are all options when choosing your butcher block. Take your personal style into account when choosing. What style if your home? What color floors do you have? What about your cabinets?

Talk with the experts at John Boos to figure out which type of wood would serve you best considering your use. Depending on durability and care, certain types of wood might serve you better than others. If you plan to use your butcher block for everyday kitchen use, you will want to go with a finish that has less upkeep and is nontoxic. Common finishes are mineral oil, waterlox, and staining. Waterlox and mineral oil are safe to use with food, so this is something to keep in mind. John Boos can help you figure out the logistics and specifics.

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