Heritage Matters Talk with Cecil Florey, author of Peninsular City

The Historical Society of South Perth would like to extend the following invitation to any and all who are interested in the history of South Perth:

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Open House – South Perth

OpenHousePerthAs part of Open House Perth, iconic destinations around Perth open their doors to the public for touring free of charge over the course of a two-day weekend. This is an exciting opportunity to explore some really great spaces in W.A.

This year Open House Perth has incorporated some of South Perth’s most iconic locations in its 2014 program.

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Open House Perth will take place on Saturday 1 November and Sunday 2 November 2014.

Visit the pages below for some of South Perth’s featured destinations and a bit of background information:

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The City of South Perth Historical Society will be hosting the Open House events at Heritage House Cultural Centre, Old Mill Theatre and South Perth Bowling Club. Visit those spaces on November 1-2 to see the Society in action!

Windsor Park

Did you know that Windsor Park (near Mends Street and Mill Point Road) was and still is actively used for sporting purposes  – having being the home of the South Perth Tennis Club, South Perth Rugby Club and still the South Perth Bowling Club?

The South Perth Tennis Club began in 1898 and originally met for matches at the Perth Zoological Gardens.as they did not have their own clubhouse or tennis courts. However by 1903 the club had a new clubhouse and ten grass courts at Windsor Park.The Windsor Park land was leased from the Zoo so it was always inevitable that the club would have to relocate at some point in time. In 1987 the City of South Perth Council wanted to relocate the club so that the Zoo could erect an Education Centre where some of the courts were. By 1988, Council announced that the new home for the tennis club would be Murray Road in Como, where they are still located today 

Rugby was also played on the site. This article is from The West Australian on 29 September 1949 and shows that the South Perth Rugby League team played at Windsor Park.

The South Perth Bowling Club continues to operate on the same site since its inception in 1916. This lawn bowls club was a council-supported initiative. Initially the Council granted the bowling club the land for three years, for the purpose of laying down a green for bowls and croquet. 2016 will mark the 100 year anniversary of the club.