Who’s Who in Cambridge History – W. E. Bold

Monday Memories@Cambridge Library sees us discovering some facts about William Ernest Bold, the man for whom Bold Park was named after.

  1. William Ernest Bold was born on 6 May 1873 at Birkdale near Southport, Lancashire, England. Birkdale Street, Floreat was named for his birthplace.
  1. Bold studied first as an electrical engineer and later shorthand, becoming a clerk and migrating to Western Australia in 1896.
  1. Bold became acting Town Clerk in late 1896 and appointed to the position in 1900.
  1. Bold recommended the purchase of the Limekilns Estate in 1917. It was bought, and its 1300-acres (526 ha) being adjacent to the Endowment Lands that were already owned by the Perth City Council, would later become the suburbs of Floreat and City Beach.
  1. Bold was an avid supporter of the Garden City Movement in town planning
  1. Bold is generally acknowledged to be the founding father of town planning in Western Australia.
  1. He was Town Clerk of the City of Perth from 1900-1944, a record for the position at the time.
  1. Bold was church organist at many of the churches he attended over his lifetime.

Read more about William Ernest Bold in the Australian Dictionary or Biography: http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/bold-william-ernest-5282


Image: Ph0355-01 William Ernest Bold, Town Clerk PCC, 1902 (Courtesy State Library of Western Australia: 3242B_102)

Monday Memories – An ace in the front yard at mum’s

Monday Memories@Cambridge Library takes us back to late 1940s City Beach and going out in the sunshine to hit the ball around the tennis court at 36 Branksome Gardens. The Bott family had built a tennis court in the front of their new house. A group of local ladies regularly paid to play there – this group later formed the City Beach Tennis Club, which still exists to this day.


Image: Ph0197-02 No 36 Branksome Gardens, front garden, late 1940s (Courtesy of Noel Bott)

Monday Memories – First American style plaza shopping mall in Western Australia

Monday Memories@Cambridge Library takes us back to 1967 and the early days of shopping malls in Australia at our own Floreat Forum.

Image: Ph0503-04 Floreat Forum Shopping Centre, 1967. [Courtesy State Library of Western Australia – BA1119/2547, 342599PD.] View of open-air interior courtyard and stairway to upper level. Shops include Chalet Coffee Lounge (on far left), Heritage, Edments, Woolworths Supermarket, Weirs Butchery, and Dewsnap Cakes (on far right).


Floreat Forum Shopping Centre, 1967 (Courtesy of the State Library of Western Australia)

Monday Memories – A rubbish tip at Lake Monger?

Yes it is true, there were once areas of the lake’s edge used as a rubbish tip.

City of Perth Municipal Year Book, 1938 reported on progress made at Lake Monger.

The City of Perth Municipal Year Book, 1938, noted that when Perth City Council assumed control of Lake Monger and its environs in 1917, there was no public land adjacent to the lake, and even portions of the lake itself had been sub-divided and sold. It reported that “Since that time the Council has purchased over 120 acres of land bordering upon the lake, a plan of development has been prepared and adopted, providing for an inner and an outer drive with extensive recreation grounds, children’s playgrounds, and park lands, whilst a portion of the higher land is to be sub-divided for residence purposes.

The swampy land at the eastern end of the Lake is now being reclaimed by the deposit of City refuse and the dredging of silt from the Lake, with a top dressing of sand. “An important section of the development scheme was completed during 1934, by the construction of the drive along the south shore of the Lake, thus linking up Vincent Street with Grantham Street, Wembley Park. The new road has become a popular drive for motorists, particularly since the extension of Grantham Street to the City Beach Boulevard, which opens up a fine scenic drive from the eastern end of the City via Vincent and Grantham Streets and the Boulevard to the ocean and City Beach.”

Work carried out at Lake Monger during the 1944-45 financial year included covering and grassing over of a section of the rubbish tip on the east side of the lake; also construction of concrete cricket pitch.

The Lord Mayor’s Report, 1944-45, notes: “During the year the area which was recently filled in with rubbish on the northern side of Bourke Street, adjacent to Lake Monger, has been covered with sand to a depth of 1 ft. and the area planted with grass. The work of filling in and grassing the land bounded by Bourke, Courtney and Melrose Streets and Lake Drive is now nearing completion. “In addition to the top dressing of these areas, sand was also carted for the daily covering of the Council’s rubbish tip. For these works 41,5000 cubic yards of sand were conveyed from City Beach and the Gill Street Reserve. “Authority has now been given for a strip, approximately three chains in width, on the northern side of Bourke Street, from the western end of Muriel Street to the area recently filled in, to be levelled off and planted with grass. “In order to prevent the unauthorised dumping of rubbish at the Council’s tip a fence has been erected on the northern side of Bourke Street.”

In the Lord Mayor’s Report 1944-45, the City Engineer elaborates: “Excellent progress has been made in the work of covering the Lake Monger Rubbish Tip with sand obtained first from City Beach and more recently from the Gill Street Reserve. “In accordance with the plan prepared by this department and adopted by the Council in July 1944, the area bounded by Bourke, Courtney, Melrose streets and Lake Monger Drive has been filled in with sand and this work has been extended northwards of Bourke Street and has moved continuously forward. “The control of the Lake Monger tip was handed over to this department on 28/6/45 and up to the end of the financial year a total of 14,500 cubic yards of sand from City Beach and 27,000 cubic yards of sand from Gill Street Reserve has been deposited as filling and as covering for the rubbish, etc., dumped in the tip.

The indiscriminate dumping of rubbish has been practically eliminated and the amenities have been vastly improved. “From the 28th June to the end of the financial year private lorries deposited 3,047 loads of rubbish at the tip and Council lorries and drays deposited 4,574 loads, making a total of 7,621 loads equalling 8,400 tons.” Itemised expenditure included: ~ construction of a concrete cricket pitch at Lake Monger Reserve £45.19.7 ~ extension of the fence along the boundary of Lake Monger Reserve from Bourke Street to Lake Street ~ 1/5th of cost of covering tip with sand from City Beach £502.8.8 ~ sand filling and levelling £3,823.0.7 ~ planting of grass north of Bourke Street £142.10.5.

Work in this vane continued on through the years until many swampy acres surrounding the lake were resumed for parkland and other uses.

Ph0453-01 Lake Monger rubbish tip being filled, 12 Jun 1963. [SLWA 3061B_1374]

Image Above: Ph0453-01 Lake Monger rubbish tip being filled, 12 June 1963. [Courtesy of the State Library of Western Australia 3061B_1374]

Monday Memories – Fireman at 65 Kimberley Street, West Leederville (29/08/2016)

Monday Memories@Cambridge Library this week, takes us back to 65 Kimberley Street, West Leederville and the second home of the Leederville Fire Brigade. It is around 1914, and let’s face it who doesn’t appreciate a fireman, no matter the era.

This photo was believed to be taken after the brigade had received their ‘new’ fire engine that was retired from service in England. Louis Shapcott, who took this photograph was a Member of Parliament and a keen photographer who lived in Kimberley Street, around the corner from the station.

‘Holman’ as it appears scrolled on the front of the engine, was a puzzle until I spoke with Andrew Duckworth a fireman who has recently published a book called Suburban Bravery – The Firemen of North Perth 1902 – 1926. Andrew kindly did some research for me:

“I reply to your question why was HOLMAN on the front of the appliance.

John Barkell Holman was heavily involved volunteer fireman at the turn of the century and was the first Life Member of the Volunteer Association.

Very involved with unionism in Western Australia.

Was a member of Parliament for many years, Police Minister amongst his many jobs.

Great friend of the Premier, J Scaddan.

I think he also served on the WAFB Board.

His daughter became the first female member of Parliament of Western Australia  (Holman House in Wellington St Perth).

His sons joined fire brigade, one J B Holman joined in 1917 only staying for a short period due to injuries, his second son W T (Bill) Holman joined in 1933 and retired I think in or around 1965. I worked with him at Claremont.

John Barkell Holman Snr died in 1925 whilst a Minister of W A Parliament.   His daughter May then took his seat.

I can only assume that the fire appliance was named after him as a mark of respect.  Given the close ties to the W A Fire Brigade, The Minister (Scaddan) and his daughter.

Leederville closed in 1925/ 1926 then North Perth.

The naming of fire appliances is not unique, the first being on the 1st motorized pump in the WAFBB, the Lady Edeline after the Governor’s wife. Later the Lapsley ambulance, Mourray on the front of the South Perth Commer pump.

Some pumpers during the 1920s and 1930s had small crests mounted on the nearside on the near the motor bonnet.”


Ph0102-06 Shapcott -Side view of fire engine with uniformed firemen outside Leederville Fire Station 65 Kimberley St, circa 1914 for e

Above: Ph0102-06 Side view of fire engine with uniformed firemen posed outside the Leederville Fire Station 65 Kimberley Street, circa 1914, Louis Shapcott (Courtesy the State Library of Western Australia BA1104/21 – 000481D)

Ph0102-20  65 Kimberley Street, circa 1914

Above: Ph0102-20  65 Kimberley Street, circa 1914, by Louis Shaocott (Courtesy the State Library of Western Australia BA1104/23 – 000483D)


If you would like to find out more about Andrew’s book Suburban Bravery – The Firemen of North Perth 1902 – 1926, you can get in touch with him via Facebook www.facebook.com/suburbanbravery or his website www.suburbanbravery.com for more details.

Suburban Bravery cover


Colouring the Past

Colour photography was not something widely available until the 1960s so it is not surprising that when looking at the black and white images of times past you start to imagine the colours that might have been. It was this thought as well as the popularity of colouring in for adults that inspired the recent Colouring the Past display at the Library for the National Trust’s WA Heritage Festival.

Colouring The Past - Ph0107-02Colouring The Past - Ph0102-20

Now you can take a stroll back through time and discover some of the moments as you Colour in the Past by downloading and printing out the colouring sheets from our display right here on our blog: Colouring The Past – Adding colour to historic images of Cambridge in times gone by

If you enjoy these you might also like to check out the Town of Cambridge’s Historypin Profile, where images are being added regularly: https://www.historypin.org/en/person/44884

Cambridge Library celebrates the National Trust’s Western Australian Heritage Festival

From Saturday, April 16 until Wednesday, May 18, Western Australians are invited to celebrate the history of our beautiful state during the National Trust’s Western Australian Heritage Festival. Check out all the state’s events on the Festival website: http://www.nationaltrustfestival.org.au/events/#state=WA

Cambridge Library is hosting three events this year and you are invited to walk back in time, to colour the past and to explore the Western Australian Convict Phenomenon..

Time Trails - portrait


WA Convict Phenomen


Colouring the Past - portrait

Get To Know Your Street – Birkdale Street, Floreat

Birkdale Street in Floreat was named for Birkdale near Southport, Lancashire, England as it was the birthplace of William Ernest Bold, Town Clerk of the Perth City Council from 1901 to 1944  (1). Bold was deeply involved in the development of subdivisions in the Floreat area.

Birkdale Village Centre - Birkdale, Southport, Lancashire, England (3

Birkdale Village Centre – Birkdale, Southport, Lancashire, England (2)

The street was part of Darling View Estate and originally called Argyle Street. After the incorporation of Leederville and North Perth into Perth City Council in 1914, many street names had to be changed to avoid confusion with other similarly-named streets. Later, within the Darling View Estate, Argyle Street became Birkdale Street.

The etymology of the word suggests that Birkdale probably takes its name from two Old Norse words, birki meaning “birch-copse” and dalr meaning “dale” or “valley”.(3)

Birkdale Street - Street sign at the corner of Cambridge and Birkdale Streets, Floreat

“Birkdale Street” – Street sign at the corner of Cambridge and Birkdale Streets, Floreat.

Birkdale Street, Floreat, runs between The Boulevard and Underwood Avenue, Floreat, encompassing residential blocks amidst mature trees and shops and restaurants at the intersection with Cambridge Street.


(1) Tom Stannage, ‘Bold, William Ernest (1873-1953)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/bold-william-ernest-5282/text8907, published first in hardcopy 1979, accessed online 27 October 2015.

(2) “Birkdale village centre” by Small-town hero – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Birkdale_village_centre.JPG#/media/File:Birkdale_village_centre.JPG

(3) Wikipedia contributors, “Birkdale,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Birkdale&oldid=681796541 (accessed October 27, 2015).

Remembering the Picture Gardens

From the memoirs of R. L. Rogerson…

“The mid 1940’s and 50’s were a great age for the outdoor picture gardens in summer. With a canopy of stars for a roof and large poplars around the perimeter swaying gently in the evening breeze, we enjoyed the social exchange of seeing and greeting friends. Walking home afterwards, we had plenty of time to chat about the film and enjoy each other’s fellowship.

There were four picture gardens within walking distance from which to choose: The Empire in West Leederville, the Regal in Subiaco, the Wembley Picture Gardens a block from our home and the Cameo Gardens at Pangbourne St. The speakers were set in the screens so that, if you could find a peep hole in the fence or a perch in a tree out the front and see over the lattice baffles, you could enjoy the film without paying. I can’t say that I ever watched a whole film, but on occasions I’d perch for half an hour or so until I got cramped or bored, which ever came first. Deck chairs in the gardens were the standard mode of seating. These were usually in sets of four, so that if the seat was a bit low and we couldn’t see over the top of the people in front, the top board was simply slipped out and the canvas wrapped up a little to take the slack. People took rugs and cushions and could often be seen setting off for the picture gardens loaded with all sorts of gear. During Interval when the perimeter lights came on, masses of insects swarmed around the cones of light, adding to interest. The grass underfoot was soft and deadened the hubbub of audience chatter, and spilled icecreams and drinks were of no consequence.

In today’s airconditioned, carpeted booths, smelling of popcorn, there is nothing of the calm, unhassled atmosphere of the outdoor gardens.” (1.)

Front facade of the Cameo Open Air Picture Gardens, 320 Cambridge Street Wembley, 1948 (Courtesy Battye Library 007549).

Front facade of the Cameo Open Air Picture Gardens, 320 Cambridge Street Wembley, 1948
(Courtesy Battye Library 007549).


(1.) Rogerson, R. L. 2000, My Grandmother’s Stays: A childhood during depression and war in Wembley Park, Perth, Western Australia, R. L. Rogerson, p. 90.

Paganin House by Iwan Iwanoff

Reposted with permission from Maya Anderson (House Nerd).

If you’ve spent much time in Perth at the beaches near Floreat and City Beach, chances are you’ll have driven past this place – Paganin House, this iconic 1960s house on The Boulevard.

The house was designed by renowned Bulgarian-born architect Iwan Iwanoff, who designed what many people in Perth believe to be the coolest houses in Perth (his famous Marsala House in Dianella still has a light-up disco floor!) Iwanoff died in 1986 of pneumonia, but his name crops up time and time again in unofficial listings of Perth’s best houses and Perth’s best architects, and it will continue to do so, because decades on his houses still draw oohs and ahhs. This place is one.

Paganin House, 165 The Boulevard, Floreat by Maya Anderson

ABOVE: Paganin House today in 2013.

Paganin House Floreat_Maya_Anderson (15)

MARBLE GALORE: The front veranda. The home’s original owners were marble and timber merchants and the home is extensively finished in marble – even around the sides of the house, and to the internal staircase that leads to the undercroft garage. The paving around the pool is marble and so is the floor of the pool house.


NEUTRAL WALLS: When she renovated Lisa kept the wall colours predominantly neutral, letting the home’s extensive timber features and colourful accents do the talking. The new kitchen now has white Laminate cabinets with timber edging and some solid timber feature cabinets. “The previous owners had done a renovation in the 80s and put in a pink granite kitchen but I stripped it back to what it was,” she says.


ABOVE LEFT: The orange glass pendant lights above the bar are original. Lisa used to own a lighting company and the house has wonderful feature lighting, with much of it on dimmers. ABOVE RIGHT: The dining area is all original – even the ceiling with concealed lighting beyond the panels.


SUMMER EVENINGS BY THE POOL: Lisa says the spot by the pool is her favourite part of the home. “I just spent six months in the UK and all I wanted to do when I got back was sit there and look out at the pool,” she says. “When I left London it was -3 degrees, when I got back to Perth it was six o’clock and it was 35 degrees. I sat out there by the pool with a glass of champagne. I love to have family and friends over.”


LET’S GO OUTSIDE: The pool area is my favourite part of this place. It cries out for pool parties and for everyone to dance to Twisting By The Pool. GAME OF POOL BY THE POOL? The pool house has a bar (hidden behind that silver curved cupboard) which is flanked by marble cladding. The pool house also has its own marble-finished change room with toilet and shower.


ABOVE: You know you have a party house when your house has three bars. Paganin House has one bar in the living area, one in the pool house and this one by the pool. Kind of has a Spanish feel don’t you think?


Since I was a kid I’ve always kept an eye out for this house as I drove down The Boulevard. Opposite the beautiful golf course, set far back from the street, it’s arresting. When you catch sight of it, tucked between trees, you can almost imagine you are in another era or place like the 60s in Beverly Hills, with the huge palm trees that edge The Boulevard shading the road. It’s that kind of house that makes you wonder who lives there . (And does she dress like Samantha’s mum in Now & Then?)

Born in 1919, Iwanoff migrated to Perth in the 50s but it wasn’t until the 60s that he started his own practice here and Perth is lucky enough to be THE city of his work. His architecture is now recognised internationally and he is regarded as one of our city’s best and most influential architects for his expressionistic style and his striking Brutalist buildings.

Iwanoff houses have so many fans in Perth that I find it interesting that Marsala House in Dianella is the only one of Iwanoff’s houses that are on the heritage register. We haven’t really come to the point yet where we are putting 60s and 70s Perth houses on the heritage register yet (Marsala was built in 1976 and is the youngest house to be heritage-listed in WA) and it seems a bit of a shame, especially when there are so many Iwanoff fans who would kill for one of his homes.

Paganin House owner Lisa Fini tells me an Iwanoff in City Beach was knocked down recently, to the horror of many Iwanoff fans. So I guess you just hope that Iwanoffs go to people who appreciate them.

Lisa is one of them. She bought Paganin House in 1999 after years of lusting after it (and she doesn’t dress like Nancy Sinatra). “I’d always loved this house,” she smiles. “When I was a little girl we used to drive past it all the time.” It’s not just her who has a soft spot for this place. “It seems like everyone who speaks to me says, ‘Ohhh! It’s my favourite house in Perth!’” she laughs.


ABOVE: The original front entry door opens onto a foyer. Straight ahead is the kitchen, which can be closed up with a pair of marble inlay doors. To the left of the kitchen is a small sitting area and the home’s four bedrooms. To the right is the dining area, the study and the sunken lounge with bar.


DINE WITH ME: To the right of the kitchen is the dining with slatted walls and beyond that the sunken lounge that overlooks the 10m pool with diving board and the garden.


ABOVE: The study at the front of the home has an original curved marble top table.


THIS IS GOING STRAIGHT TO THE POOL ROOM: The freestanding pool house overlooks the pool with diving board.


ABOVE: My favourite things about this house are the gorgeous elevation with the marble panels and the frangipani trees. And the outdoor entertaining area, with the 10m pool with diving board and pool house. The whole place kind of makes me think of an edgier version of the Brady Bunch house. (I don’t think the Brady Bunch had three bars).


ABOVE: The pool house Iwanoff designed has huge floor-to-ceiling sliding doors – something we are seeing a lot in new houses these days, but back in the 60s it would have been rare!


ABOVE: The marble surround fireplace in the pool room. ABOVE RIGHT: There is something about this garden and its location that reminds me of Breaking Bad.


ABOVE: By the side of the house, jarrah panels can be lifted to allow for cross-ventilation. Iwanoff incorporated numerous solar passive principles into the house.


ABOVE: The house’s original marble and timber merchant owners definitely went to town with the marble in their own home. Marble was used around the pool, to the laundry drying courtyard and even to the internal staircase to the garage.

Paganin House has only changed hands once – Iwanoff designed it for its first owners, a family with four children, who moved into the house in 1965 and only moved out in 1999. The house was well ahead of its time, built in an age when open-plan living was still rare. It also has features that many houses didn’t have back then – such as internal entry to the double garage, full-height sliding doors to the pool house, numerous bars (the house has three!) It’s now going to auction.

Lisa says one of the great things of the design is that from the street, despite the extensive glazing to the elevation, there is a sense of privacy as passers-by cannot tell what’s going on inside. Even at night, when the house is lit up, the elevated block combined with Iwanoff’s combination of clever angles, marble privacy panels and a floor plan that utilises an undercroft garage means people from the street can’t see what the people inside are doing.

“It’s open, but you don’t feel like you’re on display,” says Lisa. So that means when certain people drive slowly past, craning their necks trying to get a peek inside *coughs* they pretty much can’t see a thing inside.

Yep, Iwanoff was a pretty smart dude. “He was such a clever architect,” says Lisa. “The design is just incredible.” Maya x


  1. Originally posted on House Nerd on 24 March 2013 by and reproduced with the kind permission of Maya Anderson. Please note that photos by Acorn, as used in the original post, have not been reproduced here as permission to reproduce them on ‘Follow the Old Plank Road’ has yet to be received.
  2. Original post: http://www.house-nerd.com/articles/paganin-house-by-iwan-iwanoff
  3. Photos shown in this post were taken by Maya Anderson.