Image of bomb disposal team

In the aftermath of war

Few people are aware that Port Hedland was also bombed by the Japanese during World War 2. There were three raids and a one young serviceman was killed in the first raid on 30 July, 1942. It is believed that the Japanese were searching for the secret airbase at Corunna Downs, near Marble Bar. For years, undetonated bombs and associated debris could be found along the marshes of the northwest coast. This is a photograph taken in Port Hedland in 1942 of the special bomb disposal team, quickly assembled to locate and disarm stray bombs. It is possible that a few bombs may still lie undetected in the thick mangroves that line the bays of northern ports.

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South Hedland Library - local studies collection

A community space – a space for community

A young girl, cast in bronze, sitting on a wooden bench reading her book, welcomes visitors to the South Hedland library. In the ‘new’ town of South Hedland, the library quietly weaves together the...


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South Hedland WA 6722

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