GALLERY: Remember When 

BE transported into the past through a collection of photographs capturing Esperance's history. 

Photos courtesy of the Esperance Bay Historical Society and the Esperance Municipal Museum.

 A pristine Picnic Cove Esperance c.1960 prior to wharf construction

A pristine Picnic Cove Esperance c.1960 prior to wharf construction

Aerial view of Esperance Harbour in 1966

Aerial view of Esperance Harbour in 1966

 Breakwater taking shape in January 1963

Breakwater taking shape in January 1963

Cape Wrath - first ship to berth at the new Esperance Wharf November 1965

Cape Wrath - first ship to berth at the new Esperance Wharf November 1965

 Cuba Maru loading wheat May 1967

Cuba Maru loading wheat May 1967

Dempster Head being quarried for the Esperance Port's breakwater construction, which commenced on 1 Oct 1962

Dempster Head being quarried for the Esperance Port's breakwater construction, which commenced on 1 Oct 1962

Esperance Breakwater construction in early 1960's

Esperance Breakwater construction in early 1960's

Esperance breakwater construction in the early 1960's

Esperance breakwater construction in the early 1960's

 Esperance Harbour dredging works August 1969 provided valuable foreshore beach renourishment

Esperance Harbour dredging works August 1969 provided valuable foreshore beach renourishment

Esperance Port continues its development c1970

Esperance Port continues its development c1970

Esperance Port grain silos under construction in 1967

Esperance Port grain silos under construction in 1967

Laying of railway line - Esperance Port construction

Laying of railway line - Esperance Port construction

Picnic Cove, with the breakwater taking shape - Jan 1963

Picnic Cove, with the breakwater taking shape - Jan 1963

Town Beach & Dempster Head in 1960 - note the occasional heavy seaweed.

Town Beach & Dempster Head in 1960 - note the occasional heavy seaweed.

Wharf construction Esperance around the end of 1964

Wharf construction Esperance around the end of 1964

 Esperance Drive-In Kiosk & Projection Booth - off Norseman Road

Esperance Drive-In Kiosk & Projection Booth - off Norseman Road

Esperance Drive-In screen

Esperance Drive-In screen

Pink Lake Drive-In in an almost rural setting

Pink Lake Drive-In in an almost rural setting

Pink Lake Drive-In screen was 27m wide x 13m high & used 8 tonnes of steel

Pink Lake Drive-In screen was 27m wide x 13m high & used 8 tonnes of steel

Pink Lake Drive-In with its Projection Booth in foreground

Pink Lake Drive-In with its Projection Booth in foreground

RAOB (Bijou) Hall Esperance at the time it ceased showing movies in 1966. Note the tiny ticket window on the extreme left

RAOB (Bijou) Hall Esperance at the time it ceased showing movies in 1966. Note the tiny ticket window on the extreme left

A bad winter storm damaged The Esplanade in July 1968 - Photo David Ware

A bad winter storm damaged The Esplanade in July 1968 - Photo David Ware

Andrew Street corner looked fairly bare in early 1958, without a Bank on the near corner - Photo Rod Swann

Andrew Street corner looked fairly bare in early 1958, without a Bank on the near corner - Photo Rod Swann

Andrew Street looked much different in 1956 - Photo Rod Swann

Andrew Street looked much different in 1956 - Photo Rod Swann

Both the old & New Esperance Post Offices momentarily occupied the same corner around 1972 - Photo Len Stewart

Both the old & New Esperance Post Offices momentarily occupied the same corner around 1972 - Photo Len Stewart

Bows legendary butcher shop flourished for decades in Andrew Street Photo Ted Green 1960s

Bows legendary butcher shop flourished for decades in Andrew Street Photo Ted Green 1960s

Chesters Tavern occupied the MacDonalds site in August 2009 Photo Rodney Western

Chesters Tavern occupied the MacDonalds site in August 2009 Photo Rodney Western

Dempster Brothers former woolshed on The Esplanade in 1967 now Esp Bay Caravan Park.j

Dempster Brothers former woolshed on The Esplanade in 1967 now Esp Bay Caravan Park.j

Esperance Hotel in Jan 1956 before replaced the following year by the current building - Photo Esperance Bay Historical Society

Esperance Hotel in Jan 1956 before replaced the following year by the current building - Photo Esperance Bay Historical Society

Esperance school buses around 1960 were a far cry from the modern ones of today - Photo Mollie Anderson

Esperance school buses around 1960 were a far cry from the modern ones of today - Photo Mollie Anderson

Fishing off the magnificent Tanker Jetty was a favourite family pastime in 1957 - Photo Rodney Swann.

Fishing off the magnificent Tanker Jetty was a favourite family pastime in 1957 - Photo Rodney Swann.

Georges Oceanarium was a popular tourist attraction opposite the Pier Hotel before demolished in - Photo from a postcard.

Georges Oceanarium was a popular tourist attraction opposite the Pier Hotel before demolished in - Photo from a postcard.

Haycutting at the State Farm Salmon Gums in 1949 was a three horsepower affair - Photo Bernie Norris

Haycutting at the State Farm Salmon Gums in 1949 was a three horsepower affair - Photo Bernie Norris

How Andrew Street looked like from the Westpac Bank corner in 1958 - Photo Rodney Swann

How Andrew Street looked like from the Westpac Bank corner in 1958 - Photo Rodney Swann

How both the south side of Andrew Street and the average motor cars looked in 1958 - Photo Rodney Swann

How both the south side of Andrew Street and the average motor cars looked in 1958 - Photo Rodney Swann

How grand the old Esperance Post Office still looked right up until its sad demolition around 1972 - Photo Len Stewart

How grand the old Esperance Post Office still looked right up until its sad demolition around 1972 - Photo Len Stewart

How the Superphosphate Works was wide open to public view in 1965 . Photo Vern Smythe

How the Superphosphate Works was wide open to public view in 1965 . Photo Vern Smythe

 Hunts Fish Cannery Esperance looked in 1955 long before it became an Arts Centre - Photo Grigg Family

Hunts Fish Cannery Esperance looked in 1955 long before it became an Arts Centre - Photo Grigg Family

 It took six horsepower to move the grain at the Salmon Gums Research Station in the early 1930s - Photo Win Evans

It took six horsepower to move the grain at the Salmon Gums Research Station in the early 1930s - Photo Win Evans

Loading sheep at the Esperance Port was a big business in the early 1980s - Photo Vern Smythe.

Loading sheep at the Esperance Port was a big business in the early 1980s - Photo Vern Smythe.

Many different buildings occupied Andrew Street in the early 1960s - Photo Geoff Spencer.j

Many different buildings occupied Andrew Street in the early 1960s - Photo Geoff Spencer.j

Old Esperance School was being replaced in the 1960s for a new school only this year itself demolished - Photo May Drew

Old Esperance School was being replaced in the 1960s for a new school only this year itself demolished - Photo May Drew

Orleans Farm cattle sales were a huge drawcard in the 1970's - Photo Les Worth

Orleans Farm cattle sales were a huge drawcard in the 1970's - Photo Les Worth

Our Esperance Shire Council Office & Chambers stood proudly on the hill in Windich Street from 1965 to 1990 Windich Street - Photo Duncan Stewart

Our Esperance Shire Council Office & Chambers stood proudly on the hill in Windich Street from 1965 to 1990 Windich Street - Photo Duncan Stewart

Our wonderful old Esperance Post Office was a true local icon - Photo Ray Worthington

Our wonderful old Esperance Post Office was a true local icon - Photo Ray Worthington

 Pioneering Dempster Brothers Woolshed once stood on The Esplanade opposite Port Authority Park - Photo Bob Russell.

Pioneering Dempster Brothers Woolshed once stood on The Esplanade opposite Port Authority Park - Photo Bob Russell.

Popular Dutton's Cafe and store in the beginning before later great expansion - Photo Dutton Family

Popular Dutton's Cafe and store in the beginning before later great expansion - Photo Dutton Family

 Street Parades and Marching Girls were very popular in 1964 - Photo May Drew

Street Parades and Marching Girls were very popular in 1964 - Photo May Drew

Synnot Motors stood on the corner of Andrew & Dempster Streets around 1960 - Photo Geoff Synnot

Synnot Motors stood on the corner of Andrew & Dempster Streets around 1960 - Photo Geoff Synnot

The Commonwealth Bank occupied its modern new premises next to the Post Office in the 1960's - Photo Ted Green.

The Commonwealth Bank occupied its modern new premises next to the Post Office in the 1960's - Photo Ted Green.

The Esperance Airport Terminal was a more modest building around the 1960's - Photo Elizabeth Kitchen

The Esperance Airport Terminal was a more modest building around the 1960's - Photo Elizabeth Kitchen

The First bulk wheat ship berthed at the Tanker Jetty in 1962 - Photo Les Worth

The First bulk wheat ship berthed at the Tanker Jetty in 1962 - Photo Les Worth

The north side of Andrew Esperance looked like this in 1966 - Photo Barbara Terrell

The north side of Andrew Esperance looked like this in 1966 - Photo Barbara Terrell

The old Pier Hotel looked in 1954 - Photo Glenys Gilpin

The old Pier Hotel looked in 1954 - Photo Glenys Gilpin

 The Pier Hotel and the former Grace Darling stood side by side in the early 1960's - Photo Elizabeth Kitchen

The Pier Hotel and the former Grace Darling stood side by side in the early 1960's - Photo Elizabeth Kitchen

The Queen Mother paid us a visit in March 1966 on a sweltering 39 degree day - Photo Rodney Swann

The Queen Mother paid us a visit in March 1966 on a sweltering 39 degree day - Photo Rodney Swann

The RAOB (Bijou) Hall looked slightly forlorn 1967

The RAOB (Bijou) Hall looked slightly forlorn 1967

Tom the Cheap Grocer opened at West End Shopping Centre in April 1971 - Photo David Ware

Tom the Cheap Grocer opened at West End Shopping Centre in April 1971 - Photo David Ware

WA Salt Supply havested salt at Pink Lake in February 1996 - Photo Tony Lister

WA Salt Supply havested salt at Pink Lake in February 1996 - Photo Tony Lister

Old photos are always welcomed by the Esperance Bay Historical Society.

Contact Neville Mulgat on 9071 1493.