Lost Perth

Have you seen Perth’s latest craze on Facebook? Lost Perth is a page that attempts to uncover all the “lost” and “forgotten” photographs and memories of Perth.

The page was started by Warren Duffy less than 4 weeks ago and already has a whopping 54+ thousand “likes”.

An old scene from South Perth is currently featured on the page’s cover photo…
(Can you guess where that is? click on the image below for the answer)

Lost-Perth

And there have been other interesting photographs of South Perth’s history posted every few days.

Here are links to a few of them…

The Lost Perth page isn’t just interesting to us South Perthians however. This page will dredge up long forgotten memories from all over Perth. Read through the hundreds of comments and join the discussion and reminisce over the days gone by.

Seen or heard something interesting? Share it with us!

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Volunteer @ The Old Mill

Old Mill, 2011

The Old Mill in South Perth is the oldest surviving physical link with the pioneering days of the Colony of Western Australia.

Thousands of visitors flock each year to visit this iconic landmark, located on the South Perth Peninsula at the start of Mill Point Road.

The Mill is open 10am – 4pm from Tuesday to Friday, and 1pm – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

It is staffed by dedicated volunteers on Saturdays and Sundays. The time commitment required of volunteers is 3 hours on either a Saturday or a Sunday once a month.

Volunteers are vital in helping to keep the Old Mill open to the public.

If you would like to get involved in keeping this important icon alive please contact
Farah at the South Perth Library on 9474 0800 or get in touch by email at localhistory@southperth.wa.gov.au.

We would love to hear from you!

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

What? No freeway?!

South Perth’s landscape dramatically changed with the development of the Narrows Bridge and the Kwinana Freeway. Houses were demolished, land was reclaimed and the composition of the foreshore adjacent to Melville Water was forever changed. And people could access South Perth easier than ever before.

Charles Harry Park and family lived at 29 Suburban Road (located between Stirling Street, South Perth and The Narrows), with the front of the property beginning on Suburban Road (now Mill Point Road) and the rear extending to the Swan River. Park was a photographer by trade and ran a ‘24 hour service’ for processing private film from the residence.

Taken c. 1930, this photograph reminded me that there can be many layers to a place and really highlights how South Perth’s built and natural environment has developed and has had to adapt to change.

If you have any photographs that depict a South Perth of the past, we would love to hear from you.

Building of the week!

Sopranos Restaurant

Everyone’s seen it when driving along Mill Point Road…And everyone may or may not know that it’s standing proof of the early establishment and development of South Perth.

This building was constructed c. 1900 by Frederick Stidworthy – a skilled South Perth builder, contractor and stone mason. Stidworthy’s stone masonry skills can be seen at the Perth Zoo, in particular the cave-like bear pits. Stidworthy also built the South Perth Road Board office in 1904, now know as Heritage House Cultural Centre (corner Mill Point Road and Mends Street).

Lucy, Frederick’s wife, ran tea rooms from the lower-ground of the building between 1902-1918. This was a great location to run tea rooms from as the entrance to the Perth Zoological Gardens was just on the opposite side of Suburban Road (renamed Mill Point Road in 1947; the Zoo entrance eventually moved to Labouchere Road). So one can imagine that Lucy got a fair bit of patronage from those who travelled over to visit the Zoo for the day!

It’s interesting that there is still the connection of food, beverage, socialisation and business with the building today, just as it was back in the early 1900’s. By the way, Sopranos have some delicious food and the front-of-house staff are lovely! I wonder what the typical food experience was like when Lucy was running the show…It’s a shame that we don’t have any photographs in our collection of the building during this period of its operation!

Stay tuned for more building profiles!

It’s wet & wooly in South Perth today…

I think we will all agree it’s pretty miserable weather across Perth today…

I think I maxed about 40 km/h along Labouchere Road this morning on my way to work…even though I was practically the only car going in that direction. The drainage (if there is any, wild guess here) along that road is pretty crummy so your car practically swims to where ever you are going.

South Perth had some wet & wooly times back in 1926, when the Peninsula area was flooded. Shoes and socks were taken off, and skirts and pants hitched up to cross the jetty to catch the ferry to Perth. Kids had a great time and got their rowboats out and went for a paddle down Suburban Road (now known as Mill Point Road).

Here’s hoping that the Como Beach foreshore is holding up OK!

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