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Bentley

Bentley is a south-eastern suburb located about 8 km from Perth between Cannington and St James. It is the home of Curtin University and the Technology Park. Bentley is an old residential area. From around 1870, this area was known as Bentley Hill. In 1940 the local road board changed this to Bentley Park. 'Park' was dropped in 1967. John Bentley was the warder-in-charge of prisoners building the Albany "Block" Road which is now the Albany Highway


 
 
 
 
 

Bentley - Technology Park

One feature of Bentley is the Technology Park off Hayman Road. Originally called the Collier Technology Park probably after the Collier pine plantation which used to occupy this site and where Curtin University is now. There are still many pines presumably left for posterity. This building is the ARRC - Australian Resources Research Centre. January 2011. Photos Ref: BENT001

 

Bentley - Curtin University

This curious building dominates the University skyline down at the Hayman Road end. Loads of big pipes run in and out of it. Apparently this is a thermal energy storage tank used for the production, storage and circulation of chilled water used in the University's air conditioning systems. The plant was commissioned in 2001. January 2011. Photos Ref: BENT002

 

Bentley - Curtin University

Curtin University used to be called W.A.I.T. - Western Australian Institute of Technology. This is building 408 - the school of Business. Behind it are University facilities (shops, bank etc) plus the Department of Podiatry and the School of Physiotherapy. January 2011. Photos Ref: BENT003

 

Bentley - Curtin University

A pleasant under-cover walk through "student central" past shops and facilities. This is the Curtin Student Guild. January 2011. Photos Ref: BENT004

 

Bentley - Curtin University

Curtin's Robertson Library bursting with books. January 2011. Photos Ref: BENT005

 

Bentley - Curtin University

This attractive walkway runs past the Chancellery Building. January 2011. Photos Ref: BENT006

 

Bentley - Curtin University

Part of the Chancellery Building - you can see a bit of that walkway in the photo above. January 2011. Photos Ref: BENT007

 

Bentley - Curtin University

This domed roof tops a bunker-like building which is home to the Fitness Centre. This is in the physical education part of the campus. Nearby is the Perth Hockey Stadium. January 2011. Photos Ref: BENT008

 

Bentley - Brownlie Towers

Brownlie Towers in Bentley. Constructed in the late 1960's, this was one of the first high-density housing blocks, designed as a complete community, with shops, school and social amenities, to be built in Perth. A good idea at the time but social issues emerged later. Brownlie Towers is undergoing something of an external facelift as you can see here. The rear tower is surrounded in scaffolding . The rows of doors on each floor haven't changed though and probably it's just the same as it ever was inside the flats. November 2008. Photos Ref: BENT009


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