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Port Hedland's 120 Years

This year will mark 120 years since Port Hedland was first gazetted as a town on 22 October 1896. In 1863, Captain Peter Hedland ran aground his ship, the Mystery as he searched for a suitable location for a port for the Pilbara's expanding pastoral industry.

Shortly after naming this area 'Mangrove Harbour' the site became a pastoral and pearling lugger frontier town. Supporting the inland gold mining, Port Hedland was gazetted and named a town in 1896.

A community working group led by the Town of Port Hedland, community members, business organisations and local groups was established in February 2016 to brainstorm ideas and assist in a series of events leading up to the month of October this year. 

If you would like to participate in the working group please send your request to

Together with the working group, Town of Port Hedland have confirmed the following initiatives for the 120 year celebrations:

120 Images in 120 days:

On Saturday 25 June 2016, Town of Port Hedland commenced the #PH120 photos series. The photo series is celebrating 120 years since Port Hedland was gazetted. Town of Port Hedland will be posting a photo a day for 120 days to the Town of Port Hedland's Facebook page. 

Town of Port Hedland Libraries and the community have sourced 120 images of Port Hedland to assist with the initiative. We want to capture Port Hedland's rich history and culture, stretching further back than 1896.

If you have any photos, historical or modern send them to for inclusion. 

We encourage community members to follow the daily images and share your story, visit

Port Hedland Writing Competition 

The Town of Port Hedland Libraries is running a short story competition for all age groups. Prizes will be awarded to the best in each age category, with the winners from the age groups invited to record or read their story at the West End Markets- 120 year edition on Saturday 22 October 2016. 

The story needs to be fictional and must contain at least one of the following elements:

  • Pearling
  • Turtles at Cemetery Beach
  • Marapikurrinya
  • Mining
  • The Port and/or Old Jetty
  • Cameleers

Entries closed 5 pm, Friday 9 September 2016.

Good luck to all entrants. Winners will be contacted early October and invited to West End Markets to receive the prize and certificate. 

Commemorative Badge

3000 custom made commemorative badges displaying the 120 year logo will be distributed to all school children in Hedland as part of the 120 year celebrations.  

Town of Port Hedland representatives will attend each school assembly to distribute the badges. 

Commemorative badges will also be given to the new citizens at the October Citizenship Ceremony.


What better way to reminisce on Hedland's history and the 120 year celebrations than with a 68 page A5 booklet showcasing the 120 images from the Town's Facebook page. 

The booklet will be donated to local organisations to sell and keep any profits made. 

120 Years on Film

To extend the final celebrations weekend, the October West End Movies will be replaced with a film night on Friday 21 October 2016 at South Hedland Town Square. This will be an evening for families to come together and join in the last weekend of celebrations by watching some old clips of Hedland.

Live entertainment will kick off at 6 pm will a BBQ available and two short films will follow. 

More information coming soon!

West End Markets- 120 year edition

Saturday 22 October 2016 marks 120 years since the Town's gazettal. For the final celebrations Town of Port Hedland will be sponsoring FORM in the West End Markets-120 year edition on Saturday 22 October. 

The West End Markets will be a fun day out for the whole family. The markets will include kid friendly activities, live performances, music, a trip down memory lane with a historic photo display, loads of markets, food, fun, balloons and even a birthday cake!

The evening will wrap up with a live band and an 1896 styled vintage pop up bar. 

To view the full events list click here.

More information can be found at