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History of the City

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.

 

Coat of Arms

Details of the City of Gosnells coat of arms and explanation for each of the components.

Heritage Survey

Information on the Heritage Inventory and what it means to own a heritage listed property in the City of Gosnells. Forms to nominate a place for inclusion on the Heritage Inventory are located here.

Local History Collection

Historic records about the local community dating as far back as the 1800's are available within the Local History Collection. Here you can get an insight into these records and how you can help contribute.