East Perth

Power Station

East Perth reached its industrial zenith, providing essential goods and services to the State. Both river and land became more polluted. At its most polluted only local children could see its charms.

Demand for electricity rose and the power station responded by running at capacity (and sometimes over-capacity). The establishment of the State Electricity Commission in 1946 ushered in a new era in the supply of electricity.

The Great Depression hit East Perth hard with many people unemployed.
From the 1920s to 1970s the suburb housed a vibrant Aboriginal community where people felt comfortable and at home

State government agreed to the expenditure required to build ‘B Station’ in the late 1930s and, as soon as the war was over, reorganised the electricity industry by setting up the State Electricity Commission.

The station was dirty, dusty, hot and noisy and the manual work was often hard and dangerous. Workers were proud of their skills and their ability to ensure continuity of electricity supply. Pressures on station workers increased as demand for electricity rose and supplies had to be rationed.

‘B Station’ enabled greater generation – 57 MW (1938)