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Wanneroo is 24 kms north of Perth. Even as recently as the 1960's Wanneroo was somewhat isolated from Perth as such when the northern metropolitan area basically stopped close to Morley Drive. Settlers moved into Wanneroo after John Butler's 1834 excursion seeking his lost cattle. Since those days the area has been known as Wanneroo. A 1907 government publication spelt the name as Wanneru. This was not officially changed to Wanneroo until 1953


Wanneroo - Lake Joondalup

When I was walking along the edge of the lake today, to my eyes it looked dry but when I look at this photo there is, indeed, some water still left. The water has receded somewhat, hence all the reeds in the foreground, and is "sandy" in colour. Beware of snakes in the reeds, a nearby sign warns. Across the other side is Edgewater. March 2011. Photos Ref: WANN001


Wanneroo - Recreation Centre

The rear of the Recreation Centre on the Scenic Drive adjacent to Lake Joondalup. Right of photo is a soccer ground and a colourful game was in progress today. No-one went to retrieve a ball which was kicked far out into the snaky, lake side reeds. March 2011. Photos Ref: WANN002


Wanneroo - Recreation Centre

Running down the north side of the Recreation Centre is this avenue of trees. March 2011. Photos Ref: WANN003


Wanneroo - Buckingham House

On Neville Drive, just north of the Wanneroo townsite, is Buckingham House. This was built by pioneer grazier John Buckingham around 1880. The property was later leased by the Tapping family followed by others including the Neville family, hence the street name. This was a hundred-acre property and it continued its existence until 1968 when the land was subdivided for housing. This building is currently occupied by a local kindergarten and is heritage listed. September 2013. Photos Ref: WANN004


Wanneroo - Old School Room

Just behind Buckingham House and within the same current complex is this old school room. This building was once the school at Dundebar Road and opened in 1899 thanks to cash and land donation by Mr Buckingham. The building continued as a school room until 1959 and was then used for other purposes. After 17 years in Perry's Paddock, it was moved to its current location in 2009. September 2013. Photos Ref: WANN005


Wanneroo - Wanneroo Road

Wanneroo Road hasn't changed much in years, and nor has this part of Wanneroo. This is the intersection on Wanneroo & Dundebar Roads, looking south. March 2011. Photos Ref: WANN006


Wanneroo - Wanneroo Central Shops

The whole area up Dundebar Road has been re-developed over recent years. This is the large shopping centre, Wanneroo Central. A little quiet today as all is closed except the IGA supermarket. March 2011. Photos Ref: WANN007


Wanneroo - St Anthony's School

St Anthony's school looks new and quite imposing on Dundebar Street. An old school, on land donated by John Buckingham, used to front onto Wanneroo Road, just a short distance from here. The old school closed in 1959. The school and a post office which was also on the site, were demolished in 1978. March 2011. Photos Ref: WANN008


Wanneroo - Shops

Across the road from St Anthony's School is the small stand of shops. March 2011. Photos Ref: WANN009


Wanneroo - Hotel

Next door to the above shops, and just up from Wanneroo Central, set up on a bit of a hill, is Sneakers Tavern. This is one of the entrances. March 2011. Photos Ref: WANN010


Wanneroo - Library

On Dundebar Street and across the road from the Council offices is the library and cultural centre. It looks a lot like the design of some of the buildings over in Joondalup, particularly on the ECU campus. March 2011. Photos Ref: WANN011


Wanneroo - Council Offices

Wanneroo Council offices on Dundebar Street. The road here is fashionably brick-paved. March 2011. Photos Ref: WANN012


Wanneroo - Statue

This statue stands in the centre of the road roundabout outside the Council offices. It doesn't appear to say what it represents. March 2011. Photos Ref: WANN013


Wanneroo - Botanic Garden and Mini Golf

The Botanic Garden & Mini-Golf course is situated on Burns Beach Road, just a couple of hundred metres west of Wanneroo Road. This is a great place to spend an afternoon, either just wandering around the botanic gardens or trying your hand at the 18-hole mini-golf course. Photo is of the main entrance. January 2010. Photos Ref: WANN014


Wanneroo - Botanic Garden and Mini Golf

Looking across the field next to the kiosk and picnic tables, this is the start of the golf course. That's holes two and three. January 2010. Photos Ref: WANN015


Wanneroo - Botanic Garden and Mini Golf

One of the holes on the mini-golf course. It's great fun and can even be played by little kids. January 2010. Photos Ref: WANN016


Wanneroo - Botanic Garden and Mini Golf

Probably the most challenging hole is this one. The ball has to go up that ramp, through the air for a short space, then land in a wire basket which will send the ball onto the second half of the fairway. January 2010. Photos Ref: WANN017


Wanneroo - Botanic Garden and Mini Golf

Picturesque lake, landscaping and gardens in the billiards golf section of the complex. January 2013. Photos Ref: WANN018

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