Industries without workers are nothing at all, and the workforces that made up the coastal industries were largely residents of the Cockburn district. They, along with their market gardening and farming neighbours, needed food, household goods, and the occasional drink. The history of small grocers, bakers, dairies, and pubs in Cockburn goes hand in hand with the history of the larger industries.
The history of the Cockburn district is inextricably linked to the industries that developed along the coastline over the past 150 years. From abattoirs to lime kilns, smelters to cement factories, it is impossible to consider the history of Cockburn without understanding the powerful impact these large industries had on the people, businesses, and transport of the district.