Composed and shared by Ceduna Old Photos, Sue Trewartha and Erica Bodger.
WCS. 16 March 1947. Ceduna. For the convenience of the increasing number of holiday tourists to Ceduna and the overland traffic to Perth, the District Council… to establish a camping ground and caravan park… There will be a kitchen and laundry, two sleeping huts, running water, rain water, electric light and sanitation provided. These facilities will also be available to residents in the outlying districts when visiting the town.
WCS. 27 June 1951. Ceduna. At the last meeting of the District Council of Murat Bay, it was decided that the parklands adjacent to the Community Hotel be established as a caravan park, a gate and notice to be erected at the corner of South Tce and Poynton Street. The park is to be cleared and shelled and conveniences erected.
Aerial view of the Ceduna Hotel. Note the tracks through what is now the Ceduna Foreshore Caravan Park.
Slightly different view.Note the railway line. Note the vehicle travelling on the diagonal road towards the hotel.
WCS. 25 July 1951. Ceduna. The District Council of Murat Bay is proceeding with the caravan park for the convenience of the travelling public. Water is laid on and fireplaces and clotheslines are being erected. These will be ready for use next week.
WCS. 20 August 1951. Ceduna. District Council of Murat Bay. It was resolved that a charge of 1/6 per day, per caravan, be made to users of the caravan park at such time when the conveniences have been installed ¦
WCS. 15 August 1951. Ceduna. The Ceduna Caravan Park, opened recently by the District Council of Murat Bay, had its first occupants last week. They were Mr and Mrs R Gordon Talbot, of Homebush, Sydney, and Mr and Mrs F Chigwidden of Manly, NSW, who were motoring from Perth. It was interesting that one should have been an old Ceduna boy – Gordon Talbot, second son of Mr R E Dick Talbot, late of Ceduna, now of Walkerville. Mr and Mrs Talbot have been in Sydney for some time. They recently sold their hotel ¦ and are now on an extended holiday. Mrs Chigwidden is Mrs Talbot’s sister. They were loud in their praise of the caravan park and Mr Talbot said it was quite a thrill to be the first one to light a fire in the very fine fireplace. He thought the council could not have chosen a better spot for a park. Its proximity to the beach and position in the town made the business places accessible, without being too close and when the proposed further conveniences were erected it would possibly become one of the most popular camping sites in the state, he said. The party, which was equipped with tents and up to date collapsible camping gear, stayed three days and although it rained every day, they were most comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed their stay. It is 28 years since Mr Talbot left Ceduna and he was greatly impressed with the growth and progress of the town.
20 August 1951. Ceduna. District Council of Murat Bay. It was resolved that a charge of 1/6 per day, per caravan, be made to users of the caravan park at such time when the conveniences have been installed ¦
WCS. 23 September 1953. Ceduna. Caravan Park. The clerk of the District Council submitted a plan of proposed facilities at the caravan park. Provision was made for a kitchen, laundry and two ablution blocks including a septic system are to be provided also. The SA Government would subsidise the project ¦
WCS. 27 January 1954. Ceduna. Council Notes: Mr Morrison suggested that two brush shelters be erected at the Caravan Park, with the provision of forms and tables where caravaners could picnic during hot weather. Two ablution blocks, including a septic system are to be provided also. The SA Government Tourist Bureau would subsidise the facilities on a pound for pound basis ¦
WCS. 26 May 1954. Notes from District Council of Murat Bay. The plan for the proposed ablution block at the Caravan Park was tabled ¦ The clerk was instructed to make an estimate of the cost of the project ¦ The plan showed a 37 ft 8 in x 9 ft 10 in cement brick building with a separated ablution block at each end, containing a wash room shower alcove, lavatories for men and women and a laundry for the centre. Applications would be made to the Tourist Bureau for a pound for pound subsidy.
WCS. 7 December 1955. Ceduna. As on other years the overland holiday traffic has commenced to stream through Ceduna long before Christmas. For each of the last three years the traffic over the holiday period has doubled itself. It promised to do it again this year, and garages and business houses are in for a busy time. Now that the Ceduna Caravan Park is so well fitted out and has become so popular, many make this a resting place for day or two. The park, being near to both the sea and the shopping area, makes it one of the best on the route, visitors say. Over the last two months there has been an average of five caravans in the park per day ¦