Cultural Heritage and History

Experience the rich history of the City of Cockburn, which spans over 40,000 years. Discover the traditional owners of the land, the impact of European settlement, and the diverse migration of people from around the world that shaped the city's cultural landscape.

Beeliar Nyungar people

The owners of the land that became Cockburn were the Beeliar Nyungar, and they called their land Beeliar Boodjar.

When the first European arrived in Western Australia, the Beeliar Nyungar were led by Midgegooroo and Yagan. Some of their language was recorded by an earlier setler, but for many years afterwards they were neglected and dispossessed by Europeans.

More information is provided on the following:

European settlement and migration

The Cockburn district was built by migrants at every stage of its history. Early agricultural land policies encouraged migration to build farms and supply a growing colony, and the gold rush of the 1890s saw Chinese, Afghan, southern and easter European migrants arrive to try their luck.

Many moved into Cockburn temporarily, but many more paved the way for their families and friends to follow them, and built Cockburn into the diverse city it is today.

For more information on migration visit the Cockburn History website:

Multicultural Perth

To learn and discover more about Multicultural Perth and how how many Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) communitites have contributed to make Perth the vibrant city it is today visit Discover Multicultural Perth (

More information and contact

For more information about the cultural history and heritage of the City of Cockburn, visit the Cockburn History website.

If English is not your first language, you can access the Australian Government's Translating and Interpreting Service. These services provide free telephone or on-site interpreting and are available 24 hours a day, severn days a week, for the cost of a local call. The telephone number is 131 450.

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City of Cockburn
Whadjuk Boodja
9 Coleville Crescent,
Spearwood 6163

PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

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8.30am to 4.30pm
Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

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Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
Ngalak kaadatj dayin boodja, kep wer malayin. Ngalak kaadatj koora koora wer yeyi ngalang birdiya.

City of Cockburn acknowledges the Nyungar people of Beeliar boodja. Long ago, now and in the future they care for Country.
We acknowledge a continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to the Elders, past and present.