Did you know that the Canning Bridge you see today is not the original structure? It was first constructed in 1849 and has been through many repairs and has had additional structural features attached. Oodles of history is attached to the site too, ranging from convict labour, developments in transport, environmental disasters and social connections.
The Canning Bridge moved from interim to permanent listing on the State Heritage list earlier this year. Hooray!
Check out the State Heritage Office’s magazine Heritage Matters for an article about the changed listing.
Want to know more about the history of Canning Bridge? Check out the listing for the bridge on the State Heritage Office website and the entry in the City of South Perth Municipal Heritage Inventory.
Yesterday, Local History visited the Year 3 students at Manning Primary School. We talked all about how South Perth was settled and the different modes of transport that have been used and how they continue to be used in South Perth.
One interesting fact that we all enjoyed was having to get your bicycle licensed in the 1920s / 1930s. A South Perth resident, Noel Dawkins, summarises this experience well:
“Most of the kids rode push bikes and we made an annual pilgrimage to the Mends Street Police Station to collect our licence plates. We would front up to the sergeant, pay him our shilling and with great ceremony, place the new licence plate on the front of the bike”
With almost everyone in the classes owning a bike, we all agreed that it is much easier that we don’t have to get them licensed now!