It's funny how something can feature in your whole life, be just there in the peripheral. You know it's there but you don't really pay attention, such is the case with the South Fremantle Coogee Power Station.
I have passed the building on a regular basis my entire life. On occasion as a child I recall watching it as it swished by the car window wondering what went on in what seemed like a very large geometric building.
Construction started on the coal powered power station in 1946, and the art deco style building was completed and functioning in 1951. The beachside location of this structure was chosen because of its proximity to the general metropolitan population, the nearby railway, which helped with the transportation of coal to the building and the seawater that was used in the plant cooling process.
In September 1985 the plant was closed and so began the derelict and in some cases dark history of this building. The long windows are all gone and tattered plastic strips flap uselessly in the breeze from the rusted metal frames. The building has been used by all manner of homeless people and it's graffitied walls add to its appearance of abandoned desolation. The building has warnings about access within its deteriorating structure. Rumours abound of satanic rituals being performed within its confines. There have been suicides from its five storey heights and there has been mention of four murders within its walls and the rooms below ground level.