Development of Perth suburbs

This week, Dr Kate is joined by a very special guest, her mother Emeritus Professor Jenny Gregory from the University of Western Australia, for a special behind-the-scenes look at the factors that defined the development of the suburbs of Perth. Jenny talks about the some surprising stories that shaped Perth’s suburbs, such as the water famines of the 1920s in Mt Hawthorn. She also talks about the legacy of Gordon Stephenson in his 1950s plan for metropolitan Perth. Kate takes a deep dive into the State Library’s collection relating to North Beach and highlights the real estate plans from the early 1900s that shows the way in which suburbs were first promoted to investors. The State Library has hundreds of these beautiful real estate plans, and most are digitised.

Search for your suburb through the State Library catalogue.

Recorded live on ABC Radio Perth on 5 November 2021.

Last updated on 17 November 2021