Friday, September 11th, 2009
THE City of Cockburn’s rich and diverse past came to the fore when it hosted the State History Conference for the first time in early September.

Each year, the conference is held at different venues around WA and the Historical Society of Cockburn was successful in its bid to host the 2009 conference.

Following a civic reception for 110 Royal WA Historical Society – Affiliated Societies delegates from around the State, Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall was the setting for a series of talks outlining the history of the region.

Friends of Woodman Point representative Earl Suebert presented a paper on the quarantine station and Doombah tragedy, archaeologist Dr Shane Burke spoke of how he had potentially uncovered the location of Thomas Peel’s settlement and Dr Michael McCarthy outlined the history of the wrecks off Cockburn Sound.

RWHS artist-in-residence Wendy Lugg also applied the history of Western Australia to fabric using various techniques.

Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett, also a Historical Society of Cockburn member, said the conference was a wonderful opportunity for the City to showcase its heritage.

“The delegates are committed to ensuring that the history of Western Australia is documented in written, oral or pictorial form and Cockburn is an important part of that history,” he said.

“It was a chance for affiliated historical societies from all over WA to come together and discuss the issues that face them as volunteer organisations, while looking at what changes to regulations and collections have occurred over the past year.

“We received many positive comments on the recently-refurbished Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall and the ambience created from the mix of old and modern architecture.

“My congratulations go to Historical Society of Cockburn president Alex Campbell and its members for organising the conference and the diverse range of topics that ensured delegates were kept engaged and entertained throughout the busy program.”

The conference weekend finished with a tour of the historical Azelia Ley Homestead Museum. The 2010 State History Conference will be held in Albany.

shc1.jpeg: Maylands Historical Society members Roger Tomlin, Terry Gaunt, Peter Mathea, Margaret Mathea, Pam Gaunt, Frank Greenslade and June Greenslade at the State History Conference in Cockburn.

shc2.jpeg: Historical Society of Cockburn members Frankie Atkinson, Joy Parnell and Betty Sheppard at the State History Conference.

shc3.jpeg: Delegates listen intently during the State History Conference at Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall.

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The City of Cockburn celebrates its 30th birthday in 2009, regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 80,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
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Rich heritage explored during State History Conference in Western Australia.


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