Being in close proximity to the tall timber country, Busselton soon established itself as a leading port. In 1850 timber was being exported and the small town prospered. Jetties for this purpose were built at Wonnerup, Busselton and Quindalup. Of these, only the Busselton Jetty remains. At about 1,800 metres in length, this is one of the longest timber jetty structures in the world and has become synonymous with Busselton.
Today the main industries in the Shire are dairying, beef cattle, sheep, wine, mining, timber, fishing, light industry and tourism.
Would you like to know more?
There are a number active local history groups in Busselton that can provide you with a wealth of information. See the Busselton Family History Society's website for more details.
Also of interest is the State Libraries copies of the Bussell diaries.