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Cleaverville Beach

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

When we traveled around Australia 18 years ago, we got work in a little Historic Town called Cossack in WA. 

We thought it was the best place in the world, so we were very eager to get back there again.

A little bit of history first though.  Cossack was first settled in 1863.  It was the first port north of Perth to be settled, and a groups of  investors (some from Victoria) thought it would open up rich pastoral land for beef. sheep, etc.

Unfortunately that was not to be, it was very dry, with not much rainfall, no fodder for animals to survive.

They did discover Pearl Shells washed up on the shore line though, and enterprising men started collecting these shells and sending them back to Perth by ship.  These pearl shells were made into buttons (mainly), jewelry, pearl handled knives etc.  Occasionally they would discover a pearl, but the main industry was the pearl shell.

By 1880's there was major building happening with the local shell stone carved from the beach quarry.  The court house, bond store, post office, police quarters, gaol, and several other stores were built with the shell stone.  In 1979 these buildings have were completely restored .  All of the other timber buildings did not survive due to termites, cyclones etc.

That is just the basic history of the place, going through the museum there is a lot more about the people who lived there.

We were surprised to find that the road is now bitumised, the buildings all remain the same which was lovely to see. 

There was an art show happening in the post office and bond store, and so there were lots of people milling around all the buildings.

The tea rooms were busy with the Devonshire teas but all the caretakers and shop keepers were new people (after 18 years we didn’t expect to see the people  who were there with us).
 
I have also stuck in some pictures of the place that we stayed at Cleaverville Beach near Roebourne.  Great camp spot for $37.50 per week.  Of course for that you get nothing but the views and ocean were terrific.

Another photo is the pub at Whim Creek.  Usually I read about Whim Creek pub being in the path of nearly every cyclone up here.  The pub is the only thing in this area beside a working copper mine.
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