If you’ve ever studied at Curtin Uni or played a round at Collier Golf Course, you may have thought ‘jeez there are a lot of pine trees around this place’…
These trees are a reminder of the Collier Pine Plantation, initially planted around 1925 by the WA Forests Department. The expectation was that the trees would be cut down in the 1960s and that the land would then be used for public purposes.
To relieve the housing shortages post World War II, homes were built close to the northern and eastern boundaries of the plantation. In 1957, the first institution was built within the plantation, Ngala, a mothercraft centre initially for unwed mothers.
By 1962 the plantation had reduced to 600 acres and a number of other institutions grew in the area in the years to follow, such as Bentley High School, Curtin University, Penrhos College.
In the late 1980s, Collier Golf Course was developed on a large area of land bordered by Thelma, Kent and Hayman Streets.
(Image courtesy of Google Maps. Information taken from the City of South Perth Municipal Heritage Inventory).