Thursday 20th July.
Today we are just playing tourists around Broome. Walked down to the Broome Historical Society and Museum. A great little museum, with lots of displays on the history of the area and the Kimberley. The history of the early aboriginal population, and the 1st white visit by William Dampier in 1699. Then through the early pearling days that put Broome on the map. The pearling fleet was dominated by workers from Koepang, China, Japan and also Australian aborigines. But the pearling masters were British, Dutch and later Japanese. The second world war also was very significant in Broome's history, with a raid by nine Japanese Zero fighters in March 1943, sinking a ship at the wharf and destroying many Air Force and civilian aircraft, mostly Dornier DO24 Catalinas. Over 100 people were killed and many more wounded. You can view the Catalina wrecks at low tide on the mud flats just out from Dampier Creek.
In the arvo, I checked out "the Lugger" which is only a tour booking office, but it does have a good display of pearling memorabilia, including two luggers in dry dock you can view.
The Sun Theatre in Broome is reportedly the oldest operating “outdoor” cinema in the world. It was established in 1916 and has been showing for the people of Broome now for 101 yrs. With old style canvas seating in rows, and the open air atmosphere, it is a unique experience. So Andrew and I had a night at the movies. We saw "Dunkirk", which was made all the more realistic as the theatre is under the flight path of the Broome airport. So with battle scenes playing out on the big screen, we had low flying aircraft zooming past. An added dimension to the movie.
Back to our hotel and early to bed.