• The Port Hedland Lock Hospital was built to house Aboriginal people suspected — often wrongly — of having venereal diseases 100 years ago, after an isolated island hospital scheme was shut down. Reference:  ABC News, 7 June 2019 Lock Hospital in Port Hedland placed on WA heritage register, important in ‘truth-telling’ Dr Pervan has investigated… [Continue Reading]

    Port Hedland Lock Hospital
  • Where is the SS Koombana? The steamship SS Koombana was a steel-screw steamer of some 4,000 tonnes and was operated by the Adelaide Steamship Company on charter to the WA Government as a State Ship. The SS Koombana made her inaugural voyage to Port Hedland arriving on 10 April 1909 and serviced the Port Hedland… [Continue Reading]

    SS Koombana 1912
  • History of Port Hedland

    MisSpelling of Port Hedland
  • One of Port Hedland’s favourite pubs was the Hedland Hotel (the Heddy or the Top Pub) now known as the Ibis Styles Hotel overlooking the ocean on Sutherland Street. We are chasing information about the Heddy: The year it was built? Who built the pub? Pub attractions? Any fond memories? So far facebook page Port… [Continue Reading]

    The Heddy
  • On the vacant land between Moore Street and Wilson Street  there once stood the Port Hedland Railway Station. According to local stories the train took residents and workers from Port Hedland to Marble Bar and back by rail on the Spinifex Express route from 1911. The station closed in 1952. The steam train engine G118… [Continue Reading]

    Port Hedland Train Station
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Port Hedland Lock Hospital

The Port Hedland Lock Hospital was built to house Aboriginal people suspected — often wrongly — of having venereal diseases 100 years ago, after an isolated island hospital scheme was shut down. Reference:  ABC News, 7 June 2019 Lock Hospital in Port Hedland placed on WA heritage register, important in ‘truth-telling’ Dr Pervan has investigated [Read more…]

SS Koombana 1912

Where is the SS Koombana? The steamship SS Koombana was a steel-screw steamer of some 4,000 tonnes and was operated by the Adelaide Steamship Company on charter to the WA Government as a State Ship. The SS Koombana made her inaugural voyage to Port Hedland arriving on 10 April 1909 and serviced the Port Hedland [Read more…]

MisSpelling of Port Hedland

History of Port Hedland

The Heddy

One of Port Hedland’s favourite pubs was the Hedland Hotel (the Heddy or the Top Pub) now known as the Ibis Styles Hotel overlooking the ocean on Sutherland Street. We are chasing information about the Heddy: The year it was built? Who built the pub? Pub attractions? Any fond memories? So far facebook page Port [Read more…]

Port Hedland Train Station

On the vacant land between Moore Street and Wilson Street  there once stood the Port Hedland Railway Station. According to local stories the train took residents and workers from Port Hedland to Marble Bar and back by rail on the Spinifex Express route from 1911. The station closed in 1952. The steam train engine G118 [Read more…]

1960s Port Hedland

Story by Graham Williams As a first year electrical apprentice I was sent to Port Hedland in 1960 to carry out the electrical work on a large group of new State houses being built by George Thompson.  I was left by myself to do the work, lived at the Esplanade hotel, and really looked after by a [Read more…]

Event: 120 year birthday party

21 to 23 October 2016 Where:  Port Hedland, Western Australia Why:  Port Hedland was named after Captain Peter Hedland in October 1896.  It is one of the oldest towns in the Pilbara rich in history, mineral exports, diversity of people, Aboriginal culture and rock carvings.  This year the town is putting on events to celebrate it’s gazettal and history. [Read more…]

A boom bust town

Although Port Hedland continues to be the engine room of the Western Australian economy, the busiest port in Australia and the biggest minerals exporter, its economy is suffering. House prices have dropped by 50% and rents significantly more than that.  The tonnage through the Port Authority is still at record highs, but this has not saved the [Read more…]

Opinion piece: Tourism

North West Telegraph, 11 November 2015 After reading this article in the North West Telegraph on ‘tourism black hole’ and comments on Facebook that Port Hedland has nothing to offer except the port and Dalgety Museum, I thought it warranted my opinion on the subject. In my view it should be compulsory for every Australian to [Read more…]

BHP and the Minister help small business

Good news for Port Hedland and Newman businesses from Minister Mischin….”Eligible Port Hedland and Newman-based business can apply for up to $20,000 to build competiveness to successfully bid for a greater number of business opportunities within the region and beyond,” he said. Read more here:  https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Barnett/2015/06/Good-news-for-Port-Hedland-and-Newman-businesses.aspx

History of South Hedland

The Port Hedland Historical Society has written a brief on the history of South Hedland, post code 6722. You can read more about it here:  History of South Hedland The oldest history of South Hedland can be seen in its signature pundul trees.  These trees are remnants of Gondwanaland forest, from before the ice ages, [Read more…]

Port Hedland Voluteer Fire Brigade

Port Hedland Volunteer Fire Brigade – Early Days In May or June of 1961, the terminus for the Port Hedland – Marble Bar Railway caught fire in the early hours of the morning.   The only fire fighting equipment available to the untrained men, who struggled with the flames, was an old Dodge Fire Engine, which [Read more…]

Port Hedland Football History

In 1962, Port Hedland was a sleepy little port with around 1,500 residents.  A new postal officer arrived in town.  It was none other than Colin Peter Matheson. Shortly after he arrived, Colin set about meeting the locals to start a football match.  Originally an umpire, he organised games for the locals until 1967 when the Port [Read more…]

MMA’s Viscount RMQ crash

A significant event for the Town of Port Hedland was the air crash of a MacRobertson Miller Airlines on 31 December 1968. My father Colin Matheson was called to the crash site to take photos (the one above) as a reporter for The West and the Hedland times.  Some history records show that twenty one passengers and five crew [Read more…]

Port Hedland Triathlon

Port Hedland has a great sporting tradition.  Football, cricket, tennis and nearly every summer sport invented has been played in the Town. Now triathlon is reaching the headlines of the North West Telegraph sporting pages. Triathlon is three events rolled into one.  A swim to wake you up, a bike ride to enjoy to location, and a [Read more…]

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