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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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).