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Perth City - Murray Street

Murray Street is another main Perth city thoroughfare and runs east-west. It is situated between and runs parallel to Wellington and Hay Streets. In the central city area, the Murray Street Mall is a shopping precinct. Its eastern extent is at Victoria Square. It continues its western path through West Perth as far as Thomas Street. Murray Street is named after Sir George Murray who was Secretary for the Colonies (and also for War) between 1828 and 1830


 
 
   
 
 

Perth - Old Fire Station

The old Fire Station on Murray Street seen past one of the large Moreton Bay Fig trees that line this end of the street. This was Perth's first purpose-built fire station and was constructed in 1900. It operated as a fire station until 1979. Now it's a Museum and a Fire & Education Training Centre. November 2008. Photos Ref: PMUR001

 

Perth - Royal Perth Hospital

At the top of Murray Street near Victoria Square. This building is an old part of RPH. It is called Colonial House and is now an administration building, the office of the CEO of South Metropolitan Health Service. This is a former nurses home and was built in 1896. August 2010. Photos Ref: PMUR002

 

Perth - Chest Clinic

The former Perth Chest Clinic at 17 Murray Street. The clinic has moved elsewhere now and this building operates as a site office for BPi. The premises were erected in 1902 and have also been known as the Hibernian Hall and the Cathedral Hall. March 2015. Photos Ref: PMUR003

 

Perth - Young Australia League

At 45 Murray Street is the Young Australia League Memorial Building. Occupants in the premises currently include Gilkisons, the YAL Museum, Vinten Browning and JMG. This was built for the League in 1922 and also included a residence. March 2015. Photos Ref: PMUR004

 

Perth - Young Australia League

The entrance to the Young Australia League Memorial Building. A stone on the building was laid by the Right Hon. William Morris Hughes, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth, on April 23rd, 1922. In Honor of The Members of the League who fell on the Battle Fields during the Great War 1914 - 1918. March 2015. Photos Ref: PMUR005

 

Perth - Salvation Army Hall

On Murray Street, this is the front on the former Salvation Army Headquarters and Congress Hall. This structure was erected in 1899. March 2015. Photos Ref: PMUR006

 

Perth - Salvation Army Hall

Fronting Barrack Street, here is a section of the 1899 Salvation Army Citadel and People's Palace. This is apparently joined at the rear to the Murray Street premises above. To the right is Milton Chambers. November 2015. Photos Ref: PMUR007

 

Perth - Government Stores

The former Government Stores Building is now used by the Department of Health, North Metropolitan Health Service Mental Health. Construction commenced in 1911. At one time the Department of Mines used this building. At another time this building was known as Murray House. March 2015. Photos Ref: PMUR008

 

Perth - Government Printing Office

On the corner of Murray and Pier Streets is the former Government Printing Office. Curtain University has taken over part or all of it as an inner-city campus. The building was erected in 1894. At one stage the premises were used as a Telecom Museum. August 2010. Photos Ref: PMUR009

 

Perth - Government Printing Office

A little bit further east on Murray Street. You can see the Curtain shingle. The building in the right of picture is the former Government Stores Building. August 2010. Photos Ref: PMUR010

 

Perth - Miss Maud's Restaurant

Miss Maud's restaurant on the corner of Pier Street. The was formerly the Derward Hotel and was constructed in 1911. March 2013. Photos Ref: PMUR011

 

Perth - Murray Street Mall

Murray Street looking east from the walk-way over this road between Carillon Arcade and Myers. October 2007. Photos Ref: PMUR012

 

Perth - Murray Street Mall

Murray Street Mall is quite busy this Sunday. This duo 'The Essence' sound good and add to inner-city life. October 2007. Photos Ref: PMUR013

 

Perth - Laneway

City laneways often are mostly out of sight and generally don't look the best. Nevertheless they help to tell the story of the city. Here's one running off Murray Street. September 2008. Photos Ref: PMUR014

 

Perth - Commonwealth Bank in Forrest Place

The former Commonwealth Bank building is a commanding structure on the corner of Forrest Place and Murray Street. It was erected between 1930 and 1933. It's no longer a bank. It now appears to be a clothing market. March 2010. Photos Ref: PMUR015

 

Perth - Post Office in Forrest Place

Here is the iconic Perth GPO in Forrest Place. It's next door to the old Commonwealth Bank. Construction commenced in 1914. It is now used for other purposes. July 2019. Photos Ref: PMUR016

 

Perth - Carillon Arcade

A view from the overpass near Myers, looking down on Murray Street and taking in the entrance to the Carillon Arcade. May 2013. Photos Ref: PMUR017

 

Perth - New Building at Back of Old Commonwealth Bank

Construction begins on another multi-story tower. This time it's just east of the top of the new Perth Underground Station. This view is looking north from Murray Street to the rear of buildings on Wellington Street. Left to right you can see a bit of the Royal Hotal. Then the rear of the Wellington Building. The rear of the Globe Hotel is next. To the right is a sliver of the rear of the former Commonwealth Bank which faces onto Forrest Place. October 2007. Photos Ref: PMUR018

 

Perth - New Building at Back of Old Commonwealth Bank

The hole in the ground has been filled. Here is this brand new food-court, arcade, and up above office suites. To the right you can see a bit of what used to be the Commonwealth Bank. All the views to Wellington Street are now blocked. August 2011. Photos Ref: PMUR019

 

Perth - Entrance to Perth Rail Underground

Here is the Murray Street entrance to the underground platforms of Perth railway station. To the right is looking east down Murray Street, past the Food Court and what was the Commonwealth Bank. November 2010. Photos Ref: PMUR020

 

Perth - Piccadilly Arcade

Almost directly across the road from the 'new building' above, is the Murray Street portal of Piccadilly Arcade. Since it was opened in 1938, Piccadilly Arcade has survived much knocking down and redevelopment all around it. This and the Plaza Arcade are survivors. Plaza opened one year earlier, in 1937. November 2010. Photos Ref: PMUR021

 

Perth - Queens Buildings

On a corner of William Street, is the fine old 1898 Queens Building. August 2011. Photos Ref: PMUR022

 

Perth - Queens Buildings

An update on Queens Buildings 9 years on. It soldiers on though the street level tenants come and go. November 2020. Photos Ref: PMUR023

 

Perth - Wentworth Hotel

On a corner of Murray Street and William Street is the Wentworth Plaza Hotel which was established in 1928. Today it continues to trade as such. August 2011. Photos Ref: PMUR024

 

Perth - Wentworth Hotel

The Wentworth Hotel come 9 years on. This is looking across from the end of the Murray Street Mall. The paintwork looks great and the road works have long been completed. November 2020. Photos Ref: PMUR025

 

Perth - Moon and Sixpence Pub

Here is the Moon & Sixpence pub which is next door to the Wentworth Plaza Hotel. November 2010. Photos Ref: PMUR026

Demolished in 2017. There is no pub around here any more

 

Perth - Wentworth Hotel

The hole in the ground behind those boards is where the Moon and Sixpence used to be. Closed May 2017. Another good pub bites the dust. That brick building is the rear and some Murray Street frontage of the Wentworth Hotel which is again being worked on. Hidden for years were those bricked up windows and doorways. Soon to be hidden away again for decades when the new building goes up. March 2018. Photos Ref: PMUR027

 

Perth - Methodist Mission Central Hall

The former Methodist Mission City Hall on the south side of Murray Street right next door to the Queen's Building. This is built on what is sometimes known as the Wesley Quarter. The Hall backs on to Wesley Arcade which runs next to the Wesley Church on Hay Street. This hall apparently dates back to about 1915. November 2020. Photos Ref: PMUR028

 

Perth - Electricity Sub-Station

West of William Street, on Murray Street the 'Electric Light Sub Station' built in 1914. November 2010. Photos Ref: PMUR029

 

Perth - Old Telephone Exchange

Moving west and on the north side of Murray Street, opposite Shafto Lane, is the original (or at least a very early) Telephone Exchange. It is of 1910 vintage. These days it's occupied by Fujitsu. November 2010. Photos Ref: PMUR030

 

Perth - 414 Murray Street

414 Murray Street does not feature in Inherit thus so far the history cannot (so far) be verified. However, its looks rather 1930's in style and is currently home to Figliomeni Constructions. November 2020. Photos Ref: PMUR031

 

Perth - City Hotel

This used to be called the City Hotel. It was built in 1898. It's now called the Belgian Beer Cafe Westende (which is apparently a chain of pubs across the country). The Perth version is on the corner of Murray and King Streets. November 2010. Photos Ref: PMUR032

 

Perth - Kings Corner

King's Corner Convenience Store is on the south side of Murray Street, on the corner of King Street. This was built in 1904 as a branch of The Bank of New South Wales. Later it became known as Bushell House. November 2020. Photos Ref: PMUR033

 

Perth - Hostel Milligan

The Hostel Milligan on the corner of Milligan and Murray Streets. It was built in the early 1930's. This has also been known as Pearl Villa and Hotel Milligan. At ground level is Caddy's Lunch Bar. August 2011. Photos Ref: PMUR034

 

Perth - Hostel Milligan

After 9 years an update on the hostel. It is looking rather worse for wear now. Caddy's has gone and the street level is all boarded up. I can see a couple of open windows upstairs so perhaps some people are living there. I hope this place has a brighter future. November 2020. Photos Ref: PMUR035

 

Perth - W.D. & H.O. Wills Building

At the corner of Murray and Milligan Streets is the former W.D. & H.O. Wills warehouse. It was built in 1927. Those apartments up on top are recent additions - the 'MMVII' suggests they were added in 2007. November 2010. Photos Ref: PMUR036

 

Perth - The West End

A trio of business premises at 515-517-519 Murray Street, right down next to the Mitchell Freeway. It looks like Innerspace may be using some or all of these premises. November 2020. Photos Ref: PMUR037


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