‘The Trials and Tribulations of the Chinese Market Gardeners of Perth’

The City of South Perth Historical Society are hosting another talk on the topic of the Chinese Market Gardens in Perth, including special mention of items and identities from South Perth’s market gardens history.

See details below and RSVP to book a spot for what promises to be a very interesting talk:



“A Park for all Reasons” Exhibition


Presented by the City of South Perth Historical Society, the exhibition “A Park for All Reasons” covers the story of Sir James Mitchell Park from its inception to the present day with a focus on the Chinese Market Gardens.

There will be a display of photographic images, maps of the park over the last 100 years, plus a display of more than 30 artifacts from market gardens in South Perth and its surrounds.

Special guest Kaylene Poon, a specialist in W.A. on local Chinese history will be present on opening night to talk to guests and answer questions on early Chineset history in W.A.

“A Park for All Reasons” Exhibition Details:

5 – 19 March 2016
Daily, 10 am – 4 pm

Heritage House Cultural Centre,
111 Mill Point Road, South Perth

Gold coin donation

The exhibition will feature market garden tools from the City of South Perth’s Local History Collection in addition to a number of items on loan for a limited period from the City of Armadale.


“History Talks” Event Details:

Following the exhibition, attend a special “History Talks” event hosted by the Historical Society with guest speaker Bruce Devenish, author of Sir James Mitchell – Premier & Governor of Western Australia.

Date: Sunday 20 March, 2016 at 2.00 pm
Venue: South Perth Bowling Club, 2 Mends Street, South Perth
Admission: $5.00 per head (includes afternoon tea)


For more information on the exhibition see South Perth Historical Society or contact info@southperthhistoricalsociety.org.



New Release – Sir James Mitchell (Biography)

Local author Bruce Devenish recently published the first definitive biography of one of the State’s most notable historic figures.

Sir James Mitchell : Premier & Governor of Western Australia will soon be available for loan at both the South Perth and Manning Libraries.

Sir James Mitchell Premier & Governor of Western Australia by Bruce Devenish


Sir James Mitchell Park

An iconic park located on the South Perth foreshore, Sir James Mitchell Park was developed in the 1950s after the closure of the Chinese Market Gardens.

Towards the eastern end of the foreshore, the main early activities were recreational (horse racing), dairying, and pig farming.

Since then, the park has become a popular recreational spot south of the river, with playground equipment, skate parks, cycle and walking paths, barbecue areas and a very popular picnic spot.

Sir James Mitchell Park, 1994.

Sir James Mitchell Park, 1994.

Sir James Mitchell

The park was named after Sir James Mitchell (1866-1951) who served as the 13th Premier of Western Australia, serving on two occasions, the Lieutenant-Governor of Western Australia for 15 years and 22nd Governor of Western Australia.


If interested in purchasing a copy of the biography, see this form for details on how to order.