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…

Council Photoboards Online

The South Perth Council has gone through many changes over the years starting from its early beginnings as a Road Board District after branching off from the City of Perth in 1892. This was followed by its establishment as a:

  • Municipality from 1902-1922,
  • Road Board again from 1922-1956,
  • Municipality again from 1956-1959,
  • City in 1959.

The Council’s Photoboards are a record of the Chairmen, Town Clerks, Mayors, Council Officers and Councillors who have served the South Perth Council since its inception.

South Perth Municipal Council 1915-1916

– South Perth Municipal Council 1915-1916.

Until now, the 39 original photoboards that have survived have been safely stored in the City’s Local History Archive Collection, while a select few have been on display in the Council’s Reception Room.

In 2013, the City supported Local History in providing an opportunity to digitise 27 of these photoboards for preservation purposes and in order to make them available online.

This newly launched online collection of Council Photoboards highlights the growth of the Council through its numerous transitions over the years and can now be viewed on the web through Picture South Perth:

Council Photoboards Online

Stay tuned for more information about an upcoming exhibition to see some of the original photoboards!

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

WA Heritage Festival – Community Milestones

The WA Heritage Festival, Community Milestones starts next week and is on for a full month from 18 April to 18 May 2013.

Brochures listing all the events that are part of the festival can be found at both the South Perth and Manning Libraries. Stop by and pick one up at one of our libraries, or click on the image below to browse through the digital version:

WAHeritageFestivalProgram

If you’re looking for a local event to attend, the Historical Society of South Perth are hosting an exhibition titled “In a Nutshell” (click for details) which will be featuring some of May and Herbert Gibbs’ original artwork from the City of South Perth’s collection.

  • Where: Heritage House Cultural Centre, 111 Mill Point Road, South Perth
  • When: Sat 20 April – Sun 21 April, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Cost: FREE

So join them next weekend in celebrating the area’s cultural heritage.

What’s in a name? Ernest Johnson Oval

Ernest Johnson Oval is situated behind the South Perth Civic Center, Library and Hall. This 6 hectares (approx.) of land was named for Ernest J Johnson, in recognition of his service to the South Perth Road Board as Secretary/Town Clerk. Johnson was the Clerk of the Road Board from 1932-1964.

Before being referred to as EJ Oval, the reserve was first known as Sandgate Street Reserve, followed by South Perth Oval.

The oval and hall is used for many recreational purposes, including football, little athletics, scouts and personal training.

Happy anniversary!

Happy anniversary to the following very very important aspects of South Perth’s history! (There are so many more that we could celebrate but I thought I would just give you a snippet!)

120 years

  • On 9 June 1892, the South Perth Road Board was formed by taking its ‘suburban’ areas from the City of Perth.
  • The South Perth Road Board met for the first time on 19 September 1892.

110 years

  • South Perth became a municipality on 21 February 1902.

100 years

  • On 1 March 1912, the management of the Mends Street to Perth ferry service came under the WA Government.

90 years

  • South Perth became a road district on 1 March 1922.
  • On 5 August 1922, the East Perth – South Perth tram line (terminating Angelo Street & Labouchere Road) opened.

75 years

  • The opening of St Columba’s Church, Forrest Street, South Perth.
  • Canning Road (fmr Fremantle Road) became Canning Highway.

60 years

  • On 19 September 1952, the new Perth Causeway was completed.

30 years

  • Southcare was established in Manning.
  • On 9 May 1982 the Mt Henry Bridge opened.

What’s in a name?… Waterford

The suburb of Waterford is named after an Irish town, commemorating the birth place of Edmund Rice, the founder of the Christian Brothers and where the first Christian Brothers’ schools were founded.

The Christian Brothers were the owners and subdividers of the land south of Manning Road east of Elderfield Road. This land originally formed part of the Clontarf Boys’ Home, school and farm, set on approximately 200 hectares along the Canning River.

The first stage of subdivision of the land was approved in 1981 and the subdivision occurred over many years, starting from the western end of the estate. All of the street names within Waterford reflect the Irish theme of the original Christian Brothers.

This land was annexed to the South Perth Road Board from the Canning Road Board on 10 June 1955.

(Information taken from Appendix to City of South Perth Municipal Heritage Inventory : Origin and Meaning of Street and Place Names; image courtesy Google Maps).

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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Manning Dairy

Mary and John Manning (Senior) arrived in Western Australiain 1852. They owned a considerable amount of property along Mounts Bay Road and established a dairy on the Perth side of Jacob’s Ladder.

With the fencing in of Kings Park and subsequent loss of grazing land, John Manning (Junior) moved some of the Mounts Bay herd to South Perth and began a dairy business c. 1877. Due to damage to the Causeway, John was required to cross the cattle at Heirrison Island where the water was shallow and there was a bank of oyster shell on the river bed extending over to the South Perth foreshore.

 John purchased 100 acres of property known as Location 38b on the South Perth foreshore for ten shillings an acre which came to be known as Southbourne. The Southbourne house was located on the corner of Hurlingham Street and Manning Terrace, and John cleared and cultivated the river front ground between Southbourne and Ellam Street, being ideal land for growing crops, pasture and vegetables.

The Manning and neighbouring Douglas dairy helped to supply Perthwith fresh milk.

John was interested in local affairs and was a member of the first South Perth Road Board formed 9 June 1892 and would continue to be Chairman of the Board in 1894, 1896-1897, 1899-1901 and the first Chairman of the South Perth Health Board formed 10 June 1897.