Rockingham in truth is an outer suburb of Perth. But given Rockingham was one of the first ‘cities’ of a suburban nature, the city does have a bit of unique characteristics. Just. Other cities in Perth (not dissimilar to Auckland or Brisbane) are glorified suburbs and will not be critiqued. Fremantle in contrast was, from the outset a different community.
Rockingham was first surveyed in 1847 and was gazetted as a town in 1897. It got its name from one of the three ships bought by Robert Peel carrying settlers to Western Australia (the others being the Gilmore and Hooghly), arriving in May 1830.
The maritime tradition has been strengthened by steady growth of the Royal Australian Navy's main fleet base HMAS Stirling and by the development of major shipbuilding and marine support services at nearby Henderson
Given Rockingham is a modern city everything about the place is also of the modern era and the Rockingham Shopping Centre bears testimony to the ‘cities’ development.