Local Studies Highlight

Busselton’s Town Centre

A photo of Busselton's town centre from 1953, with Killerbys in focus.

In Busselton’s bustling town centre, businesses find fertile ground to grow and adapt. Some flourish, shaping the present, while others become colourful threads in the town’s history.

These photos from 1953 show: Crosses’ Deli, Hinson’s Butchers, Piper’s Drapery, Mann’s Newsagency, Pickersgill’s Menswear, Whiteland’s Fruit & Vege, Sayer’s Tearooms, Aitkens Electrical, Stones Flats, Kanja’s boot makers, Mancusa’s store, Nelson’s Dry Cleaners, Blue’s Corner News, Killerbys’, Peake’s, Cameron’s Bakery.

These photos are a part of the Government Photographer Collection at the State Library of Western Australia.

Have you ever worked in a Busselton store that’s no longer there? Share your memories! Our archives hold photos of the CBD’s past, and the Busselton Oral History Group has captured personal recollections too.

A photo of Busselton's town centre from 1953, with the hairdresser in focus.

There are many items from our Local Studies Collection, such as oral history recordings, that can be borrowed from the Busselton and Dunsborough libraries.  These can be found in the Local Studies section.  Items from the archives, held at Busselton Library, such as books and transcripts, can also be accessed by appointment. You can contact our Local Studies officer via this form to request access to archive material to view at Busselton Library. To learn more about the Local Studies Collection, visit our Local Studies page.