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The plaque commemorates pioneer and whaler, Patrick Marmion who established a whaling station near the site. 

In 1837 two whaling companies started up at Fremantle. Patrick Marmion was able to gain the license to operate one of the whaling companies in 1848, upon which he assumed the impressive title of ‘master whaler’. He failed to retain the license for the 1849 season and immediately petitioned Governor Fitzgerald for permission to establish a whaling station several kilometres north of Fremantle in what is now Sorrento.

The petition was quickly granted and a shore whaling station was built on ten acres of leased crown land in 1849. Shore whaling involved rowing small shore-based chaser boats to intercept migrating whales. If the whaling crew was successful, they towed the dead whales back to shore for processing. The whaling station operated for three years. In 1852 it was permanently abandoned.


Address:Padbury Circle, Geneff Park, Sorrento, 6020
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.830635
Long: 115.748753
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:February-1970
Front Inscription

Marmion`s Chimney

In 1849 Patrick Marmion, Master Whaler established a whaling station on a grant of land near this aite.

Erected by Shire of Wanneroo

February 1970

R. W. A. H. S. 

Source: MA
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