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History of city Port Hedland, Western Australia in photos

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Geography: Port Hedland (Kariyarra: Marapikurrinya) is the second largest town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, with an estimated urban population of 15,191, including the satellite town of South Hedland, 18 km away. It is also the site of the highest tonnage port in Australia.

Port Hedland has a natural deep anchorage harbour which, as well as being the main fuel and container receival point for the region, was seen as perfect for shipment of the iron ore being mined in the ranges located inland from the town. The ore is moved by railway from four major iron ore deposits to the east and south of Port Hedland area.

Other major resource activities supported by the town include the offshore natural gas fields, salt, manganese, and livestock. Grazing of cattle and sheep was formerly a major revenue earner for the region but this has slowly declined. Port Hedland was also formerly the terminus for the WAGR Marble Bar Railway which serviced the gold mining area of Marble Bar. Located between Port Hedland and South Hedland are the large salt hills of Dampier Salt, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto. These large mounds have almost become a tourist attraction in their own right. (Wiki)

Date of foundation: circa 1880s

Population: 15 191

Port Hedland. Anderson Street, circa 1910
Anderson Street - in the foreground a horse hauls a barrel shaped roller to compact the ground for the road, circa 1910
Port Hedland. Arbor Day, circa 1910
Arbor Day, circa 1910
Port Hedland. Donkey team in Anderson Street
Donkey team in Anderson Street, circa 1910
Port Hedland. Loading for Marble Bar
Loading for Marble Bar, Port Hedland jetty, circa 1910
Port Hedland. Loading up, circa 1910
Loading up, circa 1910
Port Hedland. Minderoo, circa 1910
Minderoo off Port Hedland, circa 1910
Panorama of Port Hedland, 1933
Panorama of Port Hedland, 1933
Panorama of Port Hedland, 1933
Panorama of Port Hedland, 1933
Port Hedland. Post Office, circa 1910
Post Office, circa 1910
Port Hedland. Riding a camel
Riding a camel, circa 1910
Port Hedland. Riding a camel
Riding a camel, in front of the Union Bank, circa 1910
Port Hedland. Sister B.G. Hill and Sister H.L. Hounslow
Sister B.G. Hill and Sister H.L. Hounslow (right), 1933
Port Hedland. SS Minderoo and SS Charon
SS Minderoo and SS Charon at Port Hedland Jetty, 1912
Port Hedland. Unidentified member of the Masons
Unidentified member of the Masons, circa 1910
Port Hedland. Unidentified woman
Unidentified woman, circa 1910
Port Hedland. Unidentified women
Unidentified women, circa 1910

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