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Port Noarlunga


Zone 54
Map 6627
E 269500 - N 6106500
Port Noarlunga is located in the City of Noarlunga (Adelaide metropolitan area, near the mouth of the Onkaparinga River.


The Port Noarlunga whale fishery was also known as the Onkaparinga fishery. The establishment was operated and owned by Mr Heppenstall who employed 25 men and 2 catch boats. The station was established in 1841. The station was not successful and closed at the end of 1843 without any significant earnings. However much has been learned from the whalers who worked for Mr Heppenstall and their movements were recorded thoroughly in the Police Correspondence Files. Information recorded includes their rowdy nature, smuggling enterprises, the discovery of a drowning victim (who was employed at the fishery) and the seizure of a whale carcass by the police which had washed up down the coast. Mr Heppenstall is believed to have built the first permanent structure at Noarlunga, a residence which was named "Whaleview."


No archaeological remains have been found and it is likely that with the development that has taken place in Noarlunga and continues to take place, physical remnants have been lost in the process. 


Kostoglou, P. and McCarthy, J. 1991. Whaling and Sealing Sites in South Australia, Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, Special Publication No:6, p38.

By Rebecca O'Reilly

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