1898 Edward St (Later the Esplanade)

Brief Outline of Esperance History

Since European Discovery and Settlement

Travel along the timeline to see significant events and click items to discover more about the events and stories that make up Esperance History.

Esperance Timeline

1993Balbinia Station Restored

CBH Record Storage

CBH recorded a total of 342,500 tonnes in their storage facilities. The Balbinia Station shed was restored. A Land care and Environment Action Program (LEAP) involving unemployed youth, contributed to the restoration of the shed, which had fallen into ruins. It was restored to its former structure.      

1994Monjingup Park Project

Esperance Port Authority Family Fun Day

The Esperance Port Authority (EPA) iron ore doors were thrown open for a family fun day. The shed has a massive 11,275 square metre floor area. The export of iron ore (1.5 million tonnes per annum) commenced. Westrail had gained approval from the EPA after the environmental management plan met..Discover More

1995Soundshell opens

Local Government Centenary Celebrations

Local Government in Esperance celebrates centenary. The Soundshell opened in Museum Park. There are 604 Farms operating in the Esperance and Mallee regions.      

1996Native Title Area extended

Agroforestry Development Plan

A Regional Industrial development plan has been completed for commercial Agroforestry development in the Esperance region. The town’s population was 12,171. The Native Title area extends to 12 Western Australian shires, including the Esperance District.      

1998And Other Esperance News

Esperance Hot FM Arrives

The launch of the new Radio station, Esperance HOT FM, to the airways. The W919 steam locomotive purchased for the sum of $1500.00 in 1974 by the Esperance Bay Historical Society has been restored by volunteers. Esperance farmers offered $10 million for Australia’s first tree farming package. Agwest Trade and..Discover More

1997Nickel

Esperance Nickel Exports

Nickel Exports from the Esperance Port totalled about 200,000 tonnes per annum. A record cargo arrived in Esperance from Adelaide. The biggest freight movement ever seen in Australia –a barge carrying two 38.5 long autoclaves, which tipped the scales at 550 tonnes each, arrived at the Esperance Port. To transport..Discover More

1999

Esperance Town Population Rises

Esperance town population reaches 13,000. Esperance Port Authority handles in excess of three million tonne of trade in 1966-1997. 127 ships visited the port exceeding the 108 vessels the previous year. Newly formed company, Esperance Wool Exporters, finalised its first shipment of wool to an overseas market, 328 bales of..Discover More

2000New Leisure Centre

Bay of Isles Leisure Centre Opens

The Premier Richard Court officially opened the $4 million Bay of Isles Leisure Centre. The new leisure centre boasted a large gymnasium, an aerobics and function centre, a crèche and offices and two extra pools and spas. Local MLA Ross Ainsworth presented Year 2000 advisory committee with a $15,000.00 for..Discover More

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