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Coogee

Coogee is a beach-side suburb on Cockburn Sound 18 kms south of Perth. The area is divided into North Coogee and Coogee, the former being west of Cockburn road and the latter residential land to the east. This division occurred sometime over last 30 years. Coogee also took a part of the Spearwood locality. The name comes from the nearby lake which was once called Lake Munster. Coogee is of Aboriginal origin and has been spelt as Koojee and Coojee


 
 
   
 
 

Coogee - Caravan Park Holiday Homes

This is Coogee Beach Caravan Park full of wonderful old and young holiday shacks, some little more than mere sheds, others are little sheds with caravans (which haven't moved in decades) attached. What a great family holiday place and right on the ocean. January 2010. Photos Ref: COOG001

 

Coogee - Caravan Park Holiday Homes

One of the more picturesque holiday homes in Coogee. Someone has gone to great lengths to make this place a colourful landmark. January 2010. Photos Ref: COOG002

 

Coogee - Caravan Park Holiday Homes

A row of holiday homes at Coogee. A colourful array and many bear interesting and sometimes humorous names, courtesy of their owners. October 2013. Photos Ref: COOG003

 

Coogee - Caravan Park Holiday Homes

This little shop provides basics for those taking holidays in their holiday homes and for passing motorists on Cockburn Road. October 2013. Photos Ref: COOG004

 

Coogee - South Fremantle Power Station

This is what remains of the South Fremantle power station on Robb Road in what is now North Coogee but used to be part of Spearwood, just a little north of the bit of Cockburn South known then and known now as Owen Anchorage. January 2010. Photos Ref: COOG005

 

Coogee - New Development

This land just south of the old power station is being redeveloped into what look like canal-side style homes. Here is one of the new canals with barren land either side. The current UBD street directory has loads of roads around here (which most exist) but thus far, no buildings. Much of this land has been reclaimed from the sea. January 2010. Photos Ref: COOG006

 

Coogee - New Development

Another image of the above development. January 2010. Photos Ref: COOG007

 

Coogee - Apartments on O'Connor Close

Off Rollinson Road, in fact that's the road the railway traverses in the picture, are these fine, brand-new apartment blocks just a stone's throw from the beach. August 2012. Photos Ref: COOG008

 

Coogee - Wyola Ship Remains on O'Connor Beach

A couple of hundred metres south of Catherine Point Groyne on C.Y. O'Connor Beach are the remains of the vessel Wyola. This ship was built in 1912 and was eventually dismantled at Robb Jetty in 1970 and subsequently buried in the sand here on this beach. August 2012. Photos Ref: COOG009

 

Coogee - Wyola Ship Remains on O'Connor Beach

This looks like the stern of what is left of the Wyola. This is made of metal, probably iron, and is being slowly eaten away by the ocean. You can see the old jetty supports behind the remains. October 2013. Photos Ref: COOG010

 

Coogee - O'Connor and Horse Statue

Charles Yelverton O'Connor was probably the most visionary, gifted and prolific engineer that Western Australia ever had or ever will have. Due to mental illness, he rode his horse into the sea at this beach on the morning of 10th March 1902, then used his revolver to take his own life. This statue, about a hundred metres from shore, man and horse, is a memorial to Mr O'Connor. It is located just out from the Wyola wreck and was created by Tony Jones. August 2012. Photos Ref: COOG011

 

Coogee - O'Connor and Horse Statue

Another picture of the O'Connor statue this time at a lower tide and no birds. In the background is the northern section of Garden Island. October 2013. Photos Ref: COOG012

 

Coogee - Old Jetty on O'Connor Beach

This is a section of what remains of an old jetty which used to protrude into the ocean. It is right next to the Wyola wreck. August 2012. Photos Ref: COOG013

 

Coogee - Old Jetty on O'Connor Beach

The form of the old jetty is more clear in this picture. Old supports extend out in to the sea. Off to the right of picture, up near the horizon, the O'Connor statue is silhouetted against the afternoon sun. Centre on the horizon is Carnac Island. To the left of that is the northern part of Garden Island. October 2013. Photos Ref: COOG014

 

Coogee - Abattoir Chimney Stack

Right near the southern end of Robb Road (near McTaggart Cove) is this lone chimney stack towering above the landscape. It is heritage listed according to a plate attached to the bricks. This is all that is left of what was the Robb Jetty Abattoir. August 2012. Photos Ref: COOG015

 

Coogee - Abattoir Chimney Stack

A giddy view up of the old Robb Jetty Abattoir boiler house chimney. August 2012. Photos Ref: COOG016

 

Coogee - Hotel

The old Coogee Hotel is on the east side of Cockburn Road just south of Powell Reserve. The hotel is currently undergoing renovations hence the fence around the building. June 2016. Photos Ref: COOG017

 

Coogee - Hotel

A closer view of the front section of the hotel. This was built as a stop on the Fremantle to Mandurah coach route by Walter Powell in 1901. The railway was extended south from Fremantle in 1903 which boosted patronage however this was short-lived and in 1927 the hotel licence was surrendered. From 1931 to 1967 the Anglican Church used the building as a children's seaside home. Mains Roads acquired the building and land in 1971 and remains the current owner. June 2016. Photos Ref: COOG018

 

Coogee - Hotel

Here is a view of the rear of the old hotel. June 2016. Photos Ref: COOG019

 

Coogee - Post Office

Next to the old hotel, just a few metres north, is the former post office which is also being renovated. This side faces the road. This is believed to have been built circa 1928 by Mr Jock McKinnon, who was the brother-in-law of Mr Powell, the former licencee of the next door hotel. June 2016. Photos Ref: COOG020

 

Coogee - Post Office

The old post office is a simple limestone building. This is a view of the rear. June 2016. Photos Ref: COOG021

 

Coogee - Lime Kilns

A couple of hundred metres south of the old post office and hotel on Cockburn Road is the site of the old lime kilns. This is a view as seen from the road. I would imagine many would drive by here without even noticing them. June 2016. Photos Ref: COOG022

 

Coogee - Lime Kilns

The interior of one of the two kilns. They was built by Mr T Briggs in 1896 thus pre-dating the old hotel by some 5 years. The kilns were built to supply lime to local builders and to the Goldfields. Cockburn Cement Limited restored this area in 1984. June 2016. Photos Ref: COOG023

 

Coogee - Lime Kilns

A top view of the lime kilns. This where the raw limestone would have been loaded for roasting. The road going by is Cockburn Road. June 2016. Photos Ref: COOG024

 

Coogee - Beach Cafe

Coogee Beach Cafe. This is across the road from the old hotel and post office. As recently as my 1987 UBD street directory this was railway land. The railway has all gone now. June 2016. Photos Ref: COOG025


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