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The city of Bunbury is located in the southwestern part of Western Australia, about 175 kilometers south of Perth. The city has a rich history that dates back to pre-colonial times when the local indigenous people, known as the Noongar people, lived in the area.

The Noongar people were hunter-gatherers who lived off the land and the sea. They were skilled in fishing and hunting and had a strong connection to the land. The Noongar people had a complex social structure and lived in large family groups or tribes.

During the early 1800s, European explorers began to explore the Western Australian coast, and it wasn't long before they made contact with the Noongar people. The first European to set foot in Bunbury was Captain Louis de Freycinet, a French explorer who arrived in 1803. Over the next few decades, other explorers started to arrive, and by the 1840s, settlers had started to establish themselves in the Bunbury area.

The first permanent settlement in the area was established in 1836 when an Englishman named James Stirling established a small settlement on the shores of the Leschenault Inlet. The settlement was named after Lieutenant Henry William St Pierre Bunbury, a colonial officer who was instrumental in the establishment of the Swan River Colony (now Perth).

In the early years of the settlement, life was tough for the settlers. They had to contend with harsh living conditions, disease, and attacks from the local indigenous people. However, over time, the settlement grew, and by the 1860s, Bunbury had become a bustling port town.

During the late 1800s, Bunbury became an important center for the timber industry, with huge quantities of timber being shipped out to other parts of Western Australia and beyond. The town also became an important center for agriculture, with a thriving dairy industry and a growing number of wheat farmers.

In the early 1900s, Bunbury started to expand rapidly, with new industries such as fishing, canning, and tourism emerging. The town's population grew significantly, and by the 1920s, Bunbury had become a major regional center.

During World War II, Bunbury played an important role in Australia's defense, with troops and equipment being transported through the town to the military bases further north. The town also served as a base for the Royal Australian Air Force, with a number of airfields being established in the surrounding area.

After the war, Bunbury continued to grow and develop, with new industries such as mining and petrochemicals emerging. The town also became a popular holiday destination, with its beautiful beaches, relaxed lifestyle, and mild climate attracting visitors from around Australia and beyond.

Today, Bunbury is a thriving city with a rich history and a bright future. The town's economy is still dominated by agriculture, mining, and tourism, but there are also a growing number of industries, including technology, renewable energy, and biotech, that are helping to fuel the town's growth and development.

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