Gosnells was gazetted as a local government area in 1907 and was formally declared a City in 1977.
Did you know? The Canning River received its contemporary name in March 1827 when Captain James Stirling aboard the HMS Success named the river after George Canning, the Prime Minister of Great Britain.
Nyungar people called the river "Djarlgarra". It provided a plentiful supply of food such as fish, bids and reptiles for the Beeliar and Beloo people.
Did you know? John OKey Davis was one of the original settlers in the Canning area and was allocated 7026 acres in 1829. He set sail from London with his wife Francis and seven children and arrived in the Swan River colony aboard the ship Lotus. Their land covered almost all of what we know today as Gosnells, including Huntingdale and Southern River.