P e r l e s
Pearling  pioneers

Broome - WA
   Pearling and Rich Beginnings of Broome

Although Broome has been the home of Australia's pearling industry for 150 years, it wasn't until the 1960s that commercial pearl farms began to emerge. Two families - the Browns and Paspaleys- were there at the start and have been an integral part of pearling ever since.

Pearling started in WA during the 1850s and by the 1870s had moved as far north as the Kimberley coast.