Fish sign

Fishing bounty

The waters of the Peel-Harvey estuary provided a rich bounty for the region’s Aboriginal people, who would use mungah, or fish traps, to channel fish into small areas where they could catch them by hand. One of the few early references to Europeans fishing is of Aboriginal people teaching Henry Edward Hall to fish on the estuary. Europeans’ initial attempts at providing fish to market were unsuccessful as they lacked a way to keep fresh fish cool. This sparked the idea for the fish canning industry to follow. It wasn’t until the onset of refrigeration and road transport, after WWII, that Mandurah fishermen were able to supply fresh fish to markets in Perth and Fremantle.

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Mandurah Museum

A march through history

Wandering through the carefully curated rooms of Mandurah Museum is like meandering back in time. You’ll start your journey in the time when Aboriginal people were the only inhabitants of the region...


3 Pinjarra Rd
Mandurah WA 6210

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