Lake Tondut was named for Charles Tondut – one of the first settlers on the South Perth foreshore. It is believed that Tondut was the second person to establish a vineyard in Western Australia and also the first to have sold wine commercially in the Swan River Colony in 1849.
Tondut was a French Sailor who jumped ship in Albany in 1835 and moved to South Perth. He made his living mainly as a fisherman but also grew oranges and other crops. He was the first European settler to occupy the land known now as Clydesdale Park, which eventually came to be the site of the stables for Kensington Racecourse. Lake Tondut is situated within Clydesdale Park.