Category Archives: Perth

Sky Watch Friday


Perth skies have been a bit “blah” lately so this week I decided to add in something which is very grounded.

On the foreshore of Cottesloe Beach is this piece of human imagination called “Roundabout”.

The clouds behind the sculpture were holding in 36C of heat and 75% humidity.

Not a comfortable day.

A Bit of Perth

Hyde Park is one of the older parks in Perth. Obviously named after the slightly better known and probably greener Park in London, this was originally known as Third Swamp.

Developed and landscaped in 1897, it was renamed Hyde Park in 1899.

The archive will spend about a week exploring this interesting Bit of Perth.

A Bit of Perth

Just a small shopping centre. Harmless. Opposite Observation City, the tallest blot on the Coastal skyline.

Yet 50 years ago, things were very different.

This was the notorious Snake Pit of Scarborough; haunt of Bodgies and Widgies.

A Bit of Perth

Overlooking the ocean at Cottesloe, this decrepit building is probably reaching the end of a long and distinguished life.

I have no idea who lived their lives here or when it was built.

There is the scent of some research in the air.

After research (ie, finding the name of the house, “Le Fanu”, from Cottesloe Council documents and then use of Wikipedia); the House was originally known as Banksia, and was built as the private residence of Henry Diggins Holmes and his wife Marion. “Large residence of dressed limestone, now roofed in asbestos. Gables on all four sides have Tudor details. On south-east is a bay window with conical turret topped with elegant finial. Surrounding verandahs supported on simple square timber posts. Garden enclosed by limestone wall. There is a lower floor on north side.” The House is described as being in Federation Style, with a Queen Anne turret, in an otherwise Romanesque form. It was sold in 1945 to the Church of England and named after then-archbishop of Perth Henry Frewen Le Fanu. It became a private residence in 1973.

A story in Post Newspapers in January 2008 described the House as “crumbling into ruins”. The 17-room house “…is probably the most expensive chunk of real estate in Cottesloe – but it has serious complications,” the story said. “It has the highest possible heritage listing – and presents an expensive challenge for any new owner because it cannot be demolished.” The House has an asbestos roof, rotten roof timbers, crumbling bricks and collapsing limestone walls.

As at August 2008 the House was for sale, for a reputed asking price of $10 million. It is owned by Frankie Drake-Brockman.

A Bit of Perth

It’s OK. That fin belongs to a dolphin at Cottesloe.

A Bit of Perth

Along the coast, one can see some interesting sights.

This may just be one of the stranger.

The cattle have taken over the homestead.

A Bit of Perth

Scarborough Beach is an iconic part of Perth.

The 150th anniversary of the State’s foundation coincided the 75th anniversary of the foundation of Rotary International.

So, in 1979, this clock tower was erected.