Wesley College Cookbook

Earlier this year, Wesley College released a new cookbook full of delicious Wesley family recipes.

Wesley College Cookbook

Whether you’re planning your Christmas meal or dessert, or even just nibbles, there is no shortage of ideas in this beautifully presented book. It’s also filled with images of food, and historic images of Wesley College for the nostalgic.

Copies of the book are available for loan at the South Perth & Manning Libraries so get in quick if you like to plan ahead.

Shelf location:
Adult Non-fiction
641.5 WES
Celebrate… a collection of Wesley family recipes

Wesley College learn about South Perth’s history

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On Tuesday morning, the Year 5 students from Wesley College visited South Perth Library to delve into their local history.

We talked about how South Perth settled in the late 1820s / early 1830s and how the City has changed and developed, right up to today.

To learn about these things, we looked at photographs and objects from the South Perth Local History Collection. Lots of notes were taken, questions were asked and we had fun at the same time!

If you are interested in your class learning about South Perth’s history, please contact us.

Coode Street Jetty

Before construction of the Coode Street Jetty in 1896, the Coode Street foreshore was used as a landing point for local South Perth residents. In particular, visiting pastors and teachers to the Wesley Chapel and Church (which was built on Coode Street) would land here and walk to their destination.

The first ferry service to operate from Coode Street was managed by W. F. Tubbs however it was very irregular. This service was replaced in 1898 by local residents Rowland Pennington and Fred Bailey, who formed a public company, the River Ferry Company, in hopes to bring some regularity to the service. The company had two sailing boats in action, the Mary Queen and the Gladys, however the venture was a failure.

In 1904, Jack Olsen and Claes (Harry) Sutton developed a thriving ferry business on the Swan River, including regular ferries to Coode Street. The Olsen and Sutton fleet were known as ‘Val’ boats (named after their Scandinavian links) and included Valfreda, Valthera, Valdemar and Valkyrie I & II. The Sutton and Olsen families continued to run the service until 1935 when they sold the business to Nat Lappin, who formed the Swan River Ferries Company.

 The private ferry service was eventually merged into the State Transport system and the jetty was rebuilt in 1990.