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South Perth is south of the City of Perth across the Swan River. The name is simply descriptive of the location of the suburb. South Perth officially became a municipality in its own right in 1831. In the very beginning transport to and from Perth would have been by ferry or barge across the Swan River. Perth's first mill was built at Mill Point in 1833. In 1834 the first Causeway road bridge opened but it wasn't until 1964 that the Narrows road bridge was constructed


 
 
   
 
 

South Perth - Paddle Steamer Decoy at Mends Street

Tied up at the Mends Street jetty is the Paddle Steamer "Decoy". This is used as a hire vessel for river parties, dining and excursions. January 2009. Photos Ref: SPTH001

 

South Perth - City View

A view of the City of Perth across from the South Perth Swan River foreshore. January 2009. Photos Ref: SPTH002

 

South Perth - City View

Another Perth City view from South Perth. January 2009. Photos Ref: SPTH003

 

South Perth - Foreshore near Mends Street

A view west along the South Perth foreshore from near the Mends Street jetty. This is looking towards Kings Park. The apartments are on the South Perth Esplanade. The Narrows Bridge is centre right, complete with a crossing train. January 2009. Photos Ref: SPTH004

 

South Perth - Underneath the Narrows Bridge

Underneath the Narrows Bridge at the South Perth end. The original 1959 bridge is supported by those 4 pylons on the right. The duplicate bridge opened in 2001 is supported by the 4 pylons on the left. The centre pylon supports the 2005 filling-in of the bridges gap to accommodate the new Mandurah railway. Photo - January 2007. Photos Ref: SPTH005

 

South Perth - Kwinana Freeway to North

A view from the Freeway overpass looking north. You can see the distinct circular apartment block on Malcolm Street at the west end of the city. The Mandurah rail line has been laid but is yet to be commissioned. That happened in December 2007. Photo - January 2007. Photos Ref: SPTH006

 

South Perth - Kwinana Freeway to North

A view looking north from the Freeway overpass near the end of Lyall Street. The Old Swan Brewery and Kings Park are visible across the water. January 2007. Photos Ref: SPTH007

 

South Perth - Kwinana Freeway to South

Another view from the Freeway overpass this time looking south down the Freeway towards the South Street exit. January 2007. Photos Ref: SPTH008

 

South Perth - Apartments on Mill Point Road

High rise apartments have long been a feature of the South Perth skyline. Here is the riverside aspect of some. They actually face south onto Mill Point Road but enjoy spectacular northerly city views. January 2009. Photos Ref: SPTH009

 

South Perth - Old Mill

The old South Perth Mill at the western end of Mill Point Road close to the Narrows Bridge. The first Shenton's Flour Mill was built in 1833 by Mr William Shenton but only lasted a year before it was burnt down in 1834. The pictured mill was built in 1835. March 2014. Photos Ref: SPTH010

 

South Perth - Old Mill

A view of the Old Mill from more towards the north. Mr Shenton's mill operated only until 1859. Over the years since then it has been variously used as a poultry farm, an hotel and a residence. The mill compound was granted to the City of South Perth in 1992. It has since been renovated and it is heritage listed. Access to the interior is limited to the ground floor. March 2014. Photos Ref: SPTH011

 

South Perth - Old Mill Cottage

Next to the Old Mill is this cottage also built by Mr William Shenton and completed in 1837. Shenton obviously needed somewhere close to his mill to live. The Mill site is open to the public on Tuesday to Friday between 10am and 4pm, and on weekends between 1pm and 4pm. March 2014. Photos Ref: SPTH012

 

South Perth - Windsor Hotel

Here is the Windsor Hotel on the corner of Mill Point Road and Mends Street. The hotel was built between 1895 and 1898 and was designed by J. J. Talbot Hobbs, who also designed the old Swan Brewery on Mounts Bay Road (amongst many other buildings). The hotel was built for Mr George Strickland. March 2014. Photos Ref: SPTH013

 

South Perth - Gibbs Art Gallery

The May and Herbert Gibbs Art Gallery is on Mill Point Road just across from the Windsor Hotel. This was constructed as the local Road Board office in or about 1904. At one time the building was used to house the local Council Offices, the local administrative successor of the Road Board. January 2009. Photos Ref: SPTH014

 

South Perth - Arcade off Mends Street

This shopping arcade runs off the section of Mends Street between Mill Point Road and the river area. January 2009. Photos Ref: SPTH015

 

South Perth - Police Station

The former Police Station on Mends Street south, near the intersection of Labouchere Road. This was constructed in 1908 and served as a police station until about 2000. This building is currently for sale. March 2014. Photos Ref: SPTH016

 

South Perth - Old Mill Theatre

Across the road from the old Post Office on Mends Street is the Old Mill Theatre. This was built in 1899 as the local Mechanics Institute. It has a rather varied history as over the years it has also been used as a Road Board Building, a library, a school, the Mends Street Hall, and even a billiards parlour. March 2014. Photos Ref: SPTH017

 

South Perth - Coode Street Corner

Fine shops of the corner of Angelo and Coode Streets. November 2011. Photos Ref: SPTH018

 

South Perth - Post Office

The newer South Perth Post Office flanked by the Commonwealth Bank on Angelo Street. November 2011. Photos Ref: SPTH019

 

South Perth - RSL Hall on Angelo Street

The RSL Hall on Angelo Street looks like it is sharing with or given way to a real estate agency. November 2011. Photos Ref: SPTH020

 

South Perth - Uniting Church

The Uniting Church on Angelo Street. The building has two Foundation Stones, one laid by Mr J.P. Walton J.P. on 5th September 1925, and the other on the same date by Mr A. Douglas. November 2011. Photos Ref: SPTH021

 

South Perth - Wesley College

Magnificent brickwork and building design are eye-catching features of the Uniting Church Wesley College on the corner of Angelo and Coode Streets. November 2011. Photos Ref: SPTH022

 

South Perth - Wesley College

Perhaps this section of the College, the J. F. Ward Wing, was constructed later than the original buildings. November 2011. Photos Ref: SPTH023

 

South Perth - Wesley College

Another view of the front of the Wesley College. Wesley Boys College was opened on the 11th November 1922 by The Hon. Sir James Mitchell who was Premier of Western Australia at the time. The first intake of students occurred in 1923. November 2011. Photos Ref: SPTH024

 

South Perth - Wesley College

This is the Wesley College's R. L. Blanckensee Physical Education Centre. November 2011. Photos Ref: SPTH025


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