When the Port Hedland Historical Society (PHHS) purchased the building, now Dalgety House Museum, the transfer included 4 lots of land, one of which held the workers’ cottage. Over time the building deteriorated and it was suggested that it be demolished.
Arnold Carter had other ideas and had discussions with the Manager of Freo Cranes regarding the removal of same. After much discussion, it was agreed to relocate the building to the rear of Dalgety House Museum located on the same block.
After lengthy deliberations and Council approval, the big lift involving 4 supercranes had the building successfully relocated on the stubs and wooden trusses. It was amazing the co-ordination and planning that enabled this building’s relocation completely intact. Crane organization was incredible with the precision that enabled this transfer. Thus, we have a building that was perfect for the Loss of the Koombana exhibition and subsequently accepted for display by the WA Museum with funding support from the Port Hedland Port Authority. Many thanks to all who were involved in making this project possible. It would be impossible to name them all. The Port Hedland Historical Society would, however, acknowledge Cervan Marine, Stan Martin, Werner Kemmries and management of Freo Cranes.