Many of you may know of the lane called Rope Walk but do you know why it has that name?  An amazing school project which was completed during a visit to the factory in 1957, offers an insight into the workings of the factory and shows samples of rope manufactured there.




Location Prospect Place-John Butler2

“An early migrant who had been attracted to the ‘fertile’ lands of Western Australia’ was John Butler and his family. He arrived in January 1930 on board the Skerne, bringing with him, farming equipment, furniture, livestock, seeds and liquor. This valuable cargo entitled John to a significant portion of land in the new colony.

One of the land grants chosen was Swan Location 84, an area covering 250 acres along the Swan River at Freshwater Bay.”

The image above shows an old map with a modern map overlay.  We can clearly see the old tracks leading from the river to the two main tracks up to the town of Perth.  A “hut” is marked on the map at the cross section of Irvine Street.  This is thought to show the location of John Butler’s Inn.

Excerpt From: “settling the western suburbs.” iBooks.

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Proudly announcing PAW – our latest community education venture. Are you a community group with historic documents or photographs? Do you have members who are interested in learning how to collate and preserve their family archive or are you a group of friends interested in this topic? Why not book our new Personal Archives Workshop (PAW). Sessions are free for rate payers and community groups and will cover scanning, accessioning, describing collections together with useful information to record family and community memories. Expressions of interest are now being requested so that we can start to schedule the sessions. Contact with the reference PAW to register your interest.

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