Grove History

New!! Cottesloe Beach Heritage Trail
Photo Credit: The Grove Library
Posted 05 June 2020 New!! Cottesloe Beach Heritage Trail

Now that Covid-19 restrictions have lifted, why not take the family and stroll Cottesloe foreshore. We have a brand new heritage trail waiting for you to explore.So grab your spirit of adventure and download our free app today.

Tukurua House
Posted 06 December 2019 Tukurua House

This grand limestone house at 7 Rosendo Street is set back on a large block on the corner of Marine Parade, and was built at the end of the 19th Century. It is an example of the large houses which were common in the area during a time of wealth and prosperity. Originally built as a summer residence for the Honorable Septimus Burt and his family who were a prominent Perth residents at the turn of the century. Septimus Burt became the first Attorney General in the first responsible government in Western Australia.

Wowser at Cottesloe
Posted 12 November 2019 Wowser at Cottesloe

In the very early days at Cottesloe beach, picnics on the sand, listening to live bands and strolling along the foreshore were more popular than swimming – there were no facilities for changing into swimsuits and full dress was common even in the summer heat – Early settlers brought with them English moral standards which meant modesty was highly valued. This prevented most from ever considering donning a bathing costume and entering the water where they may embarrassingly encounter others doing the same thing!

Municipal history of Mosman Park
Posted 07 November 2019 Municipal history of Mosman Park

Have you noticed the heritage signs scattered around the community? They detail the history of Mosman Park. The trail can now be conveniently downloaded to your smart device so that you can easily navigate the trail. The new digital trail includes audio from residents of the suburb and workers of the factories which once dominated the suburb.

Rottnest Channel Swim
Posted 04 November 2019 Rottnest Channel Swim

On 24th January, 1924, a German visitor named Gerd von Dincklage-Schulenburg made good on a bet he had made over a beer a few days earlier and swam from North Mole in Fremantle to Natural Jetty in Rottnest becoming the first recorded person to complete the swim. Despite being warned of the dangers associated with the swim, mainly the cold, rips and of course sharks, Gerd was not discouraged and completed the distance in 9 hours and 45 minutes.

Mosman Park Review
Posted 02 October 2019 Mosman Park Review

These informative little magazines were published in the 1950s and cover activities of local clubs and neat 1950s recipes complete with the odd dollop of dripping! The entire set has now been digitised and is currently being uploaded to the library catalogue. I am sure they will be a great research tool for the historians amongst us.

No Shenanigans here please…
Posted 10 September 2019 No Shenanigans here please…

Did you know that bathing in the cool waters of Freshwater Bay was once a privilege one would have to pay for?

Peppermint Grove Golf Course
Posted 09 August 2019 Peppermint Grove Golf Course

Did you know that Manners Hill Park was once a 6 hole golf course? Originally this land formed part of the larger Keane (Edward Keane) property and was used to pasture animals. The land was purchased by the government in 1899 prior to Keane’s death.

Anthony Boyd Craig Bio: Peppermint Grove Series
Posted 08 August 2019 Anthony Boyd Craig Bio: Peppermint Grove Series

Born in Perth, Western Australia and educated at Hale School in Wembly Downs, Anthony Boyd Craig has led a full and adventurous life. During his early career, Anthony was employed as a Costing Clerk at H. L. Brisbane & Wunderlich Ltd, the state’s largest clay tile producer, at North Street in the City.

Mosman Park Ugly Men's Association
Posted 01 December 2018 Mosman Park Ugly Men's Association

Who were the Ugly Men? The Ugly Men’s Voluntary Workers’ Association was a uniquely Western Australian organisation that aimed to raise money to alleviate community suffering caused by World War I.

Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club and Keane’s Point
Posted 16 December 2017 Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club and Keane’s Point

In 1891 distinguished colonist Edward Keane purchased land that included what was then known as ‘Butler’s Hump’, now Keane’s Point. By 1894, Edward had built their family home, Cappoquin House which they named after their home town in Ireland.

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