Rockingham-based MLC aims to restore degraded WWII Point Peron battery

MLC Phil Edman. Picture: Jon Hewson
MLC Phil Edman. Picture: Jon Hewson

ROCKINGHAM-based MLC Phil Edman has uncovered remarkable images of Point Peron's gun battery during its operation more than 70 years ago.

The South Metropolitan Region MLC has launched a one-man crusade to restore the battery and bunkers dotting the cape that have become a target of anti-social behaviour.

The images, from military archives in Canberra, offer a rare glimpse of what the battery looked like in its original form and the men who operated it during WWII.

‘As we explore this project I have been finding that there is a lot of unknown history from WWII that the Point Peron battery is central to,’ he said.

‘The 11 gun batteries that stretched from Rottnest to Swanbourne and all the way down to Rockingham were designed as a deterrent to the Japanese forces.

‘Not many people know, but the Japanese actually made it all the way down to our coast conducting surveillance activities.

There was a very real possibility of Fremantle Harbour being attacked in March 1944 that prompted the port to be closed.

Merchant shipping was sent into Cockburn Sound.

Mr Edman is seeking volunteers to help restore the battery.

To get involved, contact his office on 9528 4774.