Brekkie with a bit of history

In case you were snoozing through all your alarms this morning and missed out on 720 ABC’s Breakfast, visit the link below to have a listen to a very special bit of history on the early days of the South Perth Council Offices…

And if you enjoy wandering through that precinct and you’re itching for more on the history of the Mends Street area (and also snoozed through last fortnight’s Brekkie spot), visit the link below to learn more about the early beginnings of the Windsor Hotel…

Now I’m off to buy a stamp…

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“Mamie”, May Gibbs Exhibition at Heritage House

The City’s Fiesta celebrations may be over….. but Heritage House Cultural Centre is still open for visitors to see the Historical Society of South Perth’s latest exhibition titled “Mamie“.

HHCC Gallery Open

Mamie was May Gibbs’ childhood name, and the exhibition “explores the artistic and social development of her early years in South Perth” before she departed for Sydney at the age of 36.

The exhibition includes various pieces on loan from the Gibbs family, as well as pieces from the City of South Perth’s own May and Herbert Gibbs Art Collection.

Photograph by Peter Palmer, Historical Society.

Photograph by Peter Palmer, Historical Society member.

Mamie Exhibition

Mamie Exhibition

  • Where: Heritage House Cultural Centre, 111 Mill Point Road, South Perth
  • When: until end of May 2015
  • Cost: FREE

Gallery opening hours:

  • Fridays: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Saturdays: 1 pm – 4 pm
  • Sundays: 1 pm – 4 pm

Love May Gibbs?

Visit Heritage House Cultural Centre on the corner of Mends Street and Mill Point Road, (across from the Windsor Hotel) for an exhibition on all things May Gibbs.

Lots of Gibbs goodies on sale too!

The exhibition will be on for the next 2 months so if you live in the area or are passing through, the gallery’s opening hours are:

Friday: 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday: 1 pm – 4 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 4 pm

Piles of “stuff”

Sure, we all have ’em…piles of “stuff” – in the office, in the bedroom, in the spare room, in the car boot. You name it…

I have lots of piles of “stuff” in the Local History collection that were carefully arranged by a previous librarian or staff member. They had squirreled away fascinating documents and ephemera items in ‘safe spots’ or filed them away in an organisational system that only made sense to them. So now I am the lucky one who gets to sort through the “stuff” and make it accessible to you. Regardless of how time consuming it is, I always manage to uncover something exciting.

For example, the other day I discovered a poster that outlined the South Perth Road Board’s by-laws in regards to Public Parks & Reserves (believed to have been produced between 1922-1956, the second period during which the City was classified as a Road Board). One clause boldly stated something along the lines of ‘goats on leash are not permitted on any Park or Reserve within the boundaries of the South Perth Road Board’. I don’t think we would see too many leashed goats being taken for an afternoon walk around South Perth these days, but  in the early 20th century this could have been highly likely with the use of South Perth’s foreshores for agricultural purposes.

Yesterday I sat down with yet another pile of “stuff” and uncovered this little gem – a tramway time table for the ‘South Perth local service’ between Mends Street Jetty and Como. This could have been produced at any point between 1926-1950 (the Mends Street Tramway Extension was officially opened on 8 October 1926 and the tram service was discontinued on 10 June 1950. Also, Foy & Gibson’s Pty. Ltd. is in existence on Hay Street during this period, as are the offices for State Ferries and West Australian Government Tramways, situated at 514 Hay Street, Perth). It looks as though this is only half of the original time table (with evidence of tearing on the upper left corner of the passenger fares side). If I ever uncover the other half, I’ll be sure to share!

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It’s 1898 and I need to collect my mail!

Did you know that the first post and telegraph office in South Perth operated out of a room at the foot of the stairs in the Windsor Hotel?

The office began operating on 7 November 1898 (the same day that the Windsor officially opened for trade) and continuted to operate until the Post Office on the corner of Mends Street and Mill Point Road was constructed in 1900.