LOCAL NEWS ONLINE

Exciting news…digital copies of the Local News have just been uploaded to the catalogue. Editions cover 1980-1981 and have some amazing stories about the history of the area. Check out the catalogue at The Grove Library website.

HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS FROM LOCAL NEWS 1981

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ROPE AND TWINE FACTORY

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.

ROPE AND TWINE FACTORY, 1957

OUR FIRST SETTLER

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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