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Ardross

Ardross is a residential suburb bounded by the Swan River to the north, Applecross to the east, and Melville to the west. The land in this locality was first acquired in 1896 by Mr Alexander Percival Matheson. He has a street named after him which is wholly within the suburb of Applecross. Mr Matheson was responsible for creating Ardross Street in Ardross which was named after one of two possible Scottish sites. Many streets in the district are of Scots origin


 
 
   
 
 

Ardross - City of Melville

On Almondbury Drive is the futuristic looking City Of Melville headquarters. Photo - June 2013. Photos Ref: ARDR001

 

Ardross - City of Melville Emus

Adjacent to the City of Melville offices is this clever sculpture of a family of emus. Photo - June 2013. Photos Ref: ARDR002

 

Ardross - Wireless Hill Entrance

Quite a large area of Ardross is taken up by Wireless Hill Park. This was once the site of a giant (120.7 metres high) telecommunication mast. It was built in 1912. It was one of two masts, the other being in Pennant Hills, N.S.W. which were constructed to provide wireless telegraphy between Australia and London. This log marks the entrance to the park. The Nyoongar people called this hill Yagan's Lookout. Photo - June 2013. Photos Ref: ARDR003

 

Ardross - Wireless Hill Museum Front

This is the front of what is now the Wireless Hill Telecommunications Museum. It's only open on Sundays. This building was to be the engine house for the complex, I assume generating electricity amongst other things. The building was constructed in 1912. Photo - June 2013. Photos Ref: ARDR004

 

Ardross - Wireless Hill Museum Rear

Here is the rear of the Wireless Hill Telecommunications Museum. This site faces north towards the river. Photo - June 2013. Photos Ref: ARDR005

 

Ardross - Wireless Hill Tower Base

Adjacent to the Museum are these three concrete blocks which provided the foundation for the mast. Three large concrete mast anchor points each in a radius of about 100 metres of this central point secured guy wires which helped support the tower. In the foreground is an interesting sculpture. Photo - June 2013. Photos Ref: ARDR006

 

Ardross - Wireless Hill Guy Wire Base

This is one of the three mast anchor points which secured the tower's supporting guy wires. As you can see, you can climb up to the top. These anchors were built in 1912, at the same time as the rest of the station. Photo - June 2013. Photos Ref: ARDR007

 

Ardross - Wireless Hill Guy Wire Base

Another of the three guy-wire termination points. The third one is still here but there are no steps to the top. Photos - June 2013. Photo Ref: ARDR008

 

Ardross - Wireless Hill View to City

A view from up at the top of one of the concrete towers. You can see the city in the background on the left, the Darling Scarp in the distance. The tall building centre-right is in Applecross. Photos - June 2013. Photo Ref: ARDR009

 

Ardross - Wireless Hill View to Murdoch

Another tower view this time looking south. In the picture can be seen the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Murdoch which is in an advanced stage of construction. Photo - June 2013. Photos Ref: ARDR010

 

Ardross - Wireless Hill Building

Next to the Museum are two other building, which no doubt played some part in the telecommunications process although I don't know what. Photo - June 2013. Photos Ref: ARDR011

 

Ardross - Wireless Hill Building

The second building outside the Museum in the Wireless Hill complex. Photo - June 2013. Photos Ref: ARDR012


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