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Galup COVID-19 Collection Obituary -John Casson The People of North Perth Vincent Heritage Hero -Beryl Long School Anniversaries - Kyilla & ...
October − December 2020
                                                           Vol.10 No.4

In this issue:

COVID-19 Collection
Obituary –John Casson
The People of North Perth
Vincent Heritage Hero –Beryl Long
School Anniversaries – Kyilla & Highgate

                 What’s New? | Events & Workshops
Galup COVID-19 Collection Obituary -John Casson The People of North Perth Vincent Heritage Hero -Beryl Long School Anniversaries - Kyilla & ...
As a community         We’re happy to be back gathering
                     living in one of       stories and photos for the local history
                     the most isolated      collection. Increasingly, we’re growing
                     cities in the world,   the collection through partnership
                     we’re lucky to         projects such as ‘Music in Vincent’, which
                     have avoided the       we launched back in February. Since
                     worst impacts of       then, we’ve been involved in several new
                     COVID-19. Our          collaborative collecting projects, some of
new normal means getting on with            which are featured in this newsletter.
things, while keeping cautious about our
present safety and future wellbeing.        We’ve also pressed on with our major
                                            collection drive, the annual Local History
At the Local History Centre, we used the    Awards. This year marks the 20th
COVID period to prioritise making our       anniversary of the Vincent Local History
collection more accessible by digitising    Awards. Despite some apprehension
more stories and photos. We’ve              about whether COVID interruptions
also been updating our local history        would impact on the quality and number
webpages for a fresh new look. We’ve        of entries, we’re delighted with the
now returned to regular hours and           response to date. All photographic
have re-opened our doors to drop-in         entries will be on display in October with

                                                                                              IN THIS ISSUE
clients. We look forward to the gradual     the awards ceremony taking place in                                                                  Kyilla Primary School students on an excursion,
                                                                                                                                                 1976. Photo entered in the Local History
reintroduction of events and workshops      early November.                                                                                      Awards 2020.
over the coming months.
                                            Dr Susanna Iuliano
                                            Senior Librarian, Local History Centre            Kyilla Primary School – 75 Years                                                                4

                                                                                              Highgate Primary School – 125 Years                                                             8

                                                                                              The People of North Perth                                                                       12
                                                                                              Galup                                                                                           14
WEBSITE:                              COVID-19 Collection                                                                             16
EMAIL:                                                        Vincent Heritage Hero – Beryl Long                                                              18
PHONE: 9273 6534
                                                                                              Obituary – John Casson                                                                          20

                                                                                              What’s New?                                                                                     21
Students celbrating ‘Back to Kyilla Day’, Kyilla Primary School North Perth, 1988.            Events                                                                                          22

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From its small beginnings in 1945,
                                                                                                                                                           the school rapidly expanded from 74
                                                                                                                                                           students and two teachers to 200 plus
                                                                                                                                                           students by the early 1950s. In its early
                                                                                                                                                           years, various additions were made to
                                                                                                                                                           the school to accommodate the growing
                                                                                                                                                           number of students. During the 1950s,
                                                                                                                                                           epidemics such as polio, measles and
                                                                                                                                                           influenza affected student attendance.
                                                                                                        Sunday Times, Sunday 25 July 1943                  The most dramatic incident of the 1950s
                                                                                                                                                           was the crash landing of a tiger moth
                                                                                                        everything, including building materials           airplane into the school on 6
Aerial photo of Perth City with Kyilla Primary in foreground, late 1980s.                               and staff – was in short supply. We knew           February 1951.
                                                                                                        we had to make a very good case if
                                                                                                        we were to succeed. It was decided to              In 1962, Kyilla changed its status from an

                                                                                                        make a survey of the district. I was one of        Infants School to a Primary School taking
                                                                                                        many who worked together to canvass                students up until Grade 5. Kyilla student
                                                                                                        every house. It was a new district then            from the late 1960s and early 1970s, Alex
                                                                                                        and there were many young families…                Sarris, has written a wonderful account of

                                                                                                        When I recall the beginnings of Kyilla, I          his school days at Kyilla with an evocative
                                                                                                        still regard it as a triumph that the local        recollection of watching the moon
                                                                                                        committee succeeded in getting the                 landing in 1969 with his Kyilla classmates.
                                                                                                        school established while the war
                                                                                                        was on.”                                           “I recall the morning of 21 July 1969 at
Kyilla Primary School celebrates its 75th              “I well remember the beginnings of Kyilla        Marjorie Scarlett, former Kyilla student           around 10.30am distinctly as if it was
anniversary in 2020. The school is tucked              Primary School. At the time, my family           and parent.                                        yesterday. After we finished recess, our
away in the furthest reaches of North                  was living at 76 Eton Street. A public                                                              teacher marched our entire class across
Perth in a triangular site between Walcott             meeting was called for parents who were          Originally known as Selkirk Street                 the road to a house in Bedford Street.
and Charles streets, near Dog Swamp.                   concerned that Mount Hawthorn and                School, the school was renamed Kyilla
The land for the school was set aside on               North Perth Primary were not catering            in 1946. The name, suggested by the
Selkirk Street by the State Government                 for the children around where Kyilla             P&C Association, was understood at the
in the 1920s. Despite the growing                      is now located. The meeting was in a             time to be an Aboriginal word meaning
population of the area at that time, it took           private house and was so well attended           ‘North’. The term was well known in
20 years of petitioning by local parents for           it was difficult to get us all in…As it          Australia during the 1930s and 40s
the school to be built. In February 1945,              was wartime, we were not hopeful of              through its association with the giant
it opened as an Infants School, initially              success for our request to the Education         21-seater inter-capital airliner known
taking only children up to Grade 2.                    Department for another school, since             as the Kyilla.                                     COV LHC: PHO2976

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At that time we were all wondering          Program’ receiving extra resourcing for                                                               Principal) took them to Hungry Jacks for a
where we were going and had no idea         materials and programs to help students                                                               burger ... in his prized vintage car! “
that this would be a day we would           from non-English speaking backgrounds
                                                                                                                                                  Julie-Ann Bull, Kyilla Parent 1980s
remember for the rest of our lives. The     improve their literacy and
                                                                                                                                                  and 1990s.
Dwyer Family had children at the school     school engagement.
so they kindly offered their house…Kyilla                                                                                                         In the 2000s, while Kyilla grew in size, it
Primary did not have a television set…A     “During this time, a lot of new migrant                                                               remained a small, close-knit community
black and white television was blurring     families were settling in the area and lots                                                           school with strong parental involvement
out in the corner of the room and Neil      of children who spoke no English                                                                      in school activities from music programs
Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the          were coming.”                                                                                         to camps, assemblies and school fetes.
centre of attention. They floated through   Glenys Coulthard, former student
the Apollo 11 capsule and thereafter        and Kyilla parent.                                                                                    In 2015, Kyilla became an Independent
descended the ladder and walked                                                                                                                   Public School, the culmination of many
upon the moon. We were all totally          In 1983, Kyilla Pre-School was established                                                            years of strong community and parental
mesmerised and in disbelief how this        off-site at Haynes Street North Perth. The                                                            involvement in the school, dating from
was even possible.”                         school also launched its school logo ( a                                                              the time of its establishment in the 1940s.
                                            Boomerang) and motto: “To see and                  Kyilla Primary School Staff, 1992.                 In 2013 the Kyilla P&C also established
Alex Sarris, Kyilla student 1968−1975.
                                            to understand’.                                                                                       the successful Kyilla Farmer’s Market held
By the early 1970s, enrolments increased                                                       created unique circumstances for                   every Saturday morning.
to between 150 and 200 students from        With student numbers hovering around               students and teachers alike, including
21 different nationalities representing     the 100s in the late 1980s and early               the challenge of awarding and receiving            To mark its anniversary, the school is
the increasing ethnic diversity of the      1990s, Kyilla faced potential closure. The         multiple honour certificates within small          holding an open day on 24 October from
area. Kyilla took part in the Education     school survived and eventually expanded            split grade classes.                               10pm to 2pm. Former students, teachers
Department’s ‘Disadvantaged Schools         again, but its small, tight-knit community                                                            and parents are welcome to attend and
                                                                                               “The children were awarded “credits”               celebrate 75 years of helping children
                                                                                               by their teachers for good behaviour               “build a strong foundation for life.”
                                                                                               or special achievements. They came
                                                                                               in the form of a small blue certificate
                                                                                               which was awarded at assembly. These
                                                                                               were not handed out lightly, and were of
                                                                                               themselves, quite highly regarded. Once
                                                                                               the children had collected six credits,
                                                                                               they were presented with an “honour”
                                                                                               certificate. This was a seemingly
                                                                                               impossible achievement, but even more
                                                                                               exciting was that once a child had earned          Kyilla Netball Team, 1980. Photo entered in the Local
COV LHC PHO5244                                                                                six honour certificates, Mr Jeffrees (the          History Awards 2020.

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refugee children and it has a long                 (Extract from Our Highgate School
                                                                                                    history of being a multicultural school.           Years 1947−1953, City of Vincent
                                                                                                                                                       Local History Collection.)
                                                                                                    “We are centred in the city and we
                                                                                                    are connected to the world. Our                    Over the years, Highgate Primary
                                                                                                    inner Perth location draws families                has produced many distinguished
                                                                                                    from all nations and experiences.                  students who went on to contribute in
                                                                                                    Our many cultures promote a “one-                  various fields in different and significant
                                                                                                    world” attitude where students                     ways − from former Rhodes Scholar
                                                                                                    share their stories, knowledge and                 Joseph Starke (Staricoff) who became
                                                                                                    understandings.” (Highgate Primary                 a prominent legal scholar, to concert
                                                                                                    School Vision and Values).                         pianist David Helfgott. Many former
                                                                                                                                                       students are recipients of Order of
    Highgate Primary School, 1 November 1895. PHO1110
                                                                                                    “By the end of our lower school years,             Australia medals including the former
                                                                                                    many refugees had arrived from                     Governor of Western Australia, Ken
                                                                                                    Europe and attended our school.                    Michael, and businessman and fishing

HIGHGATE PRIMARY – 125 YEARS                                                                        Children from the families of Italian,
                                                                                                    Greek, Polish, and other European
                                                                                                    countries such as Latvia and Lithuania
                                                                                                                                                       magnate Michael Kailis (b1929 −

                                                                                                    were often “identified” by the odour               For its 100th anniversary in 1995, the
                                                    expanded rapidly with 340 students              of the unusual contents of their school            school held a centenary reunion. The
“We’ll sing you a song of a school
                                                    by 1897. The original head teacher              lunch box − not the jam or vegemite                occasion brought together a group of
that is strong, with a culture and
                                                    was Athol McGregor, who also lived              sandwiches of the Australian children.”            former students, the ‘Class of 1947’
style of its own. The school came
                                                    on school grounds until his retirement
alive in Eighteen ninety five and
                                                    in 1926. In 1899, Highgate School
success of its scholars will
                                                    expanded to include an Infants School
be known… “
                                                    with its own building and headmistress.
(Highgate Primary School Song).                     Prior to then, the Junior School had
                                                    been housed in a circus tent! The
                                                    school grew in the 1920s and 1930s
Highgate Hill Primary School opened
                                                    reaching a total of 736 students in
on 1 November 1895 with 80 students.
                                                    1937. In the 1950s, the infants and
It was one of the State’s earliest
                                                    senior schools were amalgamated
suburban primary schools and is the
                                                    under a single head to form Highgate
oldest continuing school in Vincent.
                                                    Primary School. In the post-war period,
Along with the growth of the Highgate
                                                    Highgate Primary School educated a
area in the late 1890s, the school
                                                    generation of inner-city migrant and
                                                                                                    Highgate Primary School, Infants 1 1947. PHO5818

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Above: Highgate Primary School, 1970. COV LHC PH01121.

                                                                                                                                                                 Left: Recreation of historic Highgate School photo by
                                                                                                                                                                 Highgate Primary School Students, 2020. Photo entered
                                                                                                                                                                 in the 2020 Local History Awards by Highgate Primary.

     Girls skipping Rope at Highgate Primary 1952. PH05721
                                                                                                                                                                 Below: Highgate School, 1948. COV LHC PH01121.

who have continued to meet since                             School, certainly poles apart from
the centenary reunion. We were lucky                         the standard demanded for our
to have the ‘old boys’ and ‘old girls’                       own children.
from the class of 1947 contribute to
the Local History Awards in 2019.                            We now look forward to celebrating
The school is celebrating its 125th                          the 125 Anniversary in 2020 of our
anniversary with a special school                            school’s 1895 commencement. Since
assembly. We hope the occasion sparks                        our re-connection at the Centenary
interest in the history of the school                        celebrations, the pleasure of the
among more recent students.                                  company of our “maturer” ex-
                                                             classmates, with friendships that we
From our very humble post-war                                have formed and renewed over the
schooling we found that our group                            past 25 years, is immeasurable.
of 1947–1953 Highgate pupils has
                                                             Extract from Our Highgate School
produced many great achievers with
                                                             Years 1947−1953, City of Vincent
interesting and diverse lives. Bare feet
                                                             Local History Collection.
and sparse clothes didn’t factor in our
many good memories of the simplicity
of our “3 Rs” education at Highgate

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institutions on Woodville Reserve since
                                                                                             Videographer Kate Ferguson has
                                                                                             captured the lives of 10 local residents,
                                                                                             clubs and businesses who call North
                                                                                                                                                • Ida Smithwick and Andrew Ryan,
                                                                                             Perth home. These included:
                                                                                                                                                  Chair and Vice Chair of North Perth
                                                                                             • Jim Howe – Patriarch of the
                                                                                               Motorcycle Pit Stop at 29 Angove
                                                                                                                                                • John Flaherty – Apiarist and
                                                                                               Street. Jim began working as an
                                                                                                                                                  business owner of Post Code
                                                                                               apprentice for Cyril Collins whose
                                                                                                                                                  Honey, Gill Street North Perth.
                                                                                               original cycle business ‘Pal and
                                                                                               Panther’ began across the road at
                                                                                                                                                • Nick Casson, great-grandson of
                                                                                               30 Angove Street in 1929.
                                                                                                                                                  founder Susan Casson and CEO of
                                                                                                                                                  Casson Homes, North Perth
                                                                                             • David Boothey – a familiar and
                                                                                               friendly face to many North Perth
                                                                                               locals on Angove Street.                         The videos can be viewed online at:
                                                                                             • The Hon Nicholas Tolcon – retired                north-perth/
North Perth Local                                                                              Family Court Judge and member

                                                                                               of the Tolcon family who ran a                   They will also be available on the
                                                                                               successful bakery business on Alma               Vincent Library and Local History
                                                                                               Road from the 1940s to the 1970s.                Centre catalogue.

                                                                                             • Brett Thomson – Director of North
Since May 2020, the Local History          organisations, businesses and residents             Perth School of Early Learning located
Centre has been assisting North            to enhance the North Perth precinct.                in the refurbished heritage listed
Perth Local with production of a                                                               former North Perth Police Station on
series of videos highlighting some         The ‘People of North Perth’ is a                    Angove Street.
unique individuals and organisations       campaign by North Perth Local to
in the North Perth community.              recognise and celebrate the people                • Jo Hine – Principal of Kyilla Primary
                                           of North Perth. The aim is to engage                School since 2017.
North Perth Local is a not-for-profit      residents via social media platforms and
community town team that aims to           the North Perth Local website to foster a         •    Nathan McQuade – Owner and
provide a voice for residents, community   deeper understanding and appreciation                  Chef of Blake Street Merchant,
organisations and business owners in       among locals and visitors about what                   Blake Street North Perth.
North Perth. It works collaboratively      makes North Perth a special place to live,
with the City of Vincent, community        work or visit.                                    • North Perth Bowls Club – a North Perth           Nicholas Tolcon, c 1949. COV LHC PH0988a.

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accessible to a wider audience. Both               The recording features Noongar
                                                                                                will be launched in 2021.                          Burdiya Elders Doolann Leisha Eatts,
                                                                                                                                                   Liz Hayden, Darryl Kickett and Ted
                                                                                                The Galup team shared information                  Wilkes and Lead Artists Ian Wilkes
                                                                                                about the project in an online                     and Poppy van Oorde-Grainger
                                                                                                presentation hosted by Performing                  chatting to Della Rae Morrison.
                                                                                                Lines WA in August and invited
                                                                                                people to give their feedback on the               Here is a link to the recording:
                                                                                                work. The team feel it’s particularly    
                                                                                                important to keep the Noongar                      watch/?v=579049992755830
                                                                                                community informed about this work
                                                                                                and hear their thoughts due to the                 If you’d like to know more about the
                                                                                                cultural significance of Galup                     project, email
Image by Dan Grant from 2019 Galup performance                                                  (Lake Monger).

                                                 including reference to a massacre
                                                 at the lake. Lake Monger/Galup is
                                                 a wetland of ongoing cultural and
                                                 historic significance to Aboriginal
                                                 people in Perth. The lake itself,
                                                 and the area to the east near Litis
                                                 Stadium/the former Velodrome,
In April & May 2019, a small                     are registered with the
audience was fortunate to                        Department of Lands and Planning
experience ‘Galup’ − a walking                   as Aboriginal sites of significance.
performance which explored
the history and untold stories of                In 2020, Ian and Poppy received
Lake Monger in the early 1800s.                  support from Australian Council for
Created by Ian Wilkes and Poppy                  the Arts, Lotterywest and the WA
van Oorde-Grainger with an oral                  Department of Local Government,
history from Doolann Leisha                      Sport and Cultural Industries to
Eatts, Galup invited audiences                   reprise and expand the project.
on a journey around the lake to                  There are two parts to the project,
hear, watch and participate in the               a theatre performance at the lake
re-enactment of historic events                  and a virtual reality (VR) work that             Lake Monger, c 1914. PHO990
relating to Noongar people,                      will make the performance more

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When generations look back at
2020, what will they learn about
the events and our responses to
COVID-19? While so much more
information is generated in our          Promotions, to capture interviews
age of digital information and           with locals about their experience of
global connections relative to past      COVID-19 in the City of Vincent.
pandemics, what will people in
the future understand about our          “Through the art of music and
                                                                                           Stella Sloan decorating the footpath on Burt Street, April 2020. Photo     Empty streets in Leederville during COVID quarantine. March 2020.
responses to the pandemic? Will          conversation, this project offers future          entered in the 2020 Local History Awards by Karen Lee.                     Photo submitted in the 2020 Local History Awards by Michelle Vercoe.

Zoom recordings and Facebook             generations a glimpse into our local
posts stand the test of time and be      community’s thoughts and feeling at
accessible to people in the future       the time of this unprecedented history
to show how we were thinking and         making event.”
feeling during 2020?                     Nunzio Mondia

Throughout the year, we have been
                                         Nunzio will be producing a
quietly collecting photographs and
                                         documentary and music video that will
ephemera that tell us more about the
                                         be available to the public via the City of
impacts of COVID-19 on local residents
                                         Vincent website in 2021.
and businesses in Vincent. We’ve
received some great submissions on
this theme in the 2020 Local History     The longer form interviews will also be
Awards. Over the next few months,        made available for posterity through
we will be collaborating with City of    the Vincent Library and Local History
Vincent COVID-Arts grant recipient,      catalogue online. We look forward to
Nunzio Mondia of Centre Stage            sharing the results of this collaboration.        Luna Cinema 1 during COVID closure, Oxford Street Leederville, May 2020. Photo submitted in the 2020 Local History Awards by Alec Campbell Thomas.

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Beryl Long, Joy & Brian Godwin at rear of 7 Peach Street, 1943.   Lillian MacLennan with her mother Louisa Smith, outside
                                                                                                                                                                                              7 Peach Street, Goonderup Oval is behind, 1941.

                                                                                                                            Street with their five children for over 60                       Like her mother, Beryl worked hard,
     Beryl Long and her band playing at The Royal Park Bowling Club, 1948.                                                  years. Lillian had a large herd of cows                           running an orchestra before she was
                                                                                                                            and ran a successful dairy from the three                         married and playing the piano in
                                                                                                                            adjacent vacant blocks in Peach Street.                           her band. Lillian and Leslie, Beryl’s
Vincent Heritage Hero                                                    for the Local History Collection. We value         Lillian MacLennan milked the cows and                             parents, planted two palm trees in

                                                                         Beryl’s contributions to the Local History         delivered the milk in a cart pulled by her                        1941 and they are still standing
                                                                         Collection and acknowledge her efforts to          horse, Dolly. After her last child Beryl                          in Peach Street 79 years later.
                                                                         remember and document our local history.           was born in 1929, Lillian used the land                           The houses were demolished
                                                                         Thank you Beryl – you are a valued heritage        for market gardening and floristry and to                         in the 1980s after the family
                                                                         hero of Vincent!                                   provide for her family ensuring they were                         moved out of the area.
The strength of our Local History                                                                                           self-sufficient during WWII.
Collection comes from the personal                                                                                                                                                            Beryl has written the story of Peach
stories and photographs from current and                                                                                    Beryl and her husband George purchased                            Street: That Funny Little Street… the
former residents like Beryl Long. Beryl was                                                                                 number nine, the house next door from her                         story of Peach Street, North Perth
interviewed for the Local History Centre                                                                                    parents, after their marriage in 1951. Their                      1897−1980 – a little cul-de-sac with
back in 2010 and her interview detailed                                                                                     two children Alan and Sandra were the                             only two houses and two palm trees.
her family’s long connection to Peach                                                                                       fourth generation of the family to live
Street, North Perth. Beryl also contributed                                                                                 in Peach Street. The families moved                               The story is available online in the
her memories of shopping in North Perth                                  Musician and dancer Beryl Long, nee                from the area in the 1980s.                                       COV Library Catalogue at: www.
in the 1930s to 1960s for the 2014 Local                                 MacLennan, was born in 1929 in Peach                                                                       
History Awards.                                                          Street, North Perth. There were only two                                                                             client/en_GB/search/asset/1041/0
                                                                         houses on the cul-de-sac. Beryl was born
We recently contacted Beryl to seek                                      and lived at number seven with her parents,                                                                          The transcript of her interview
permission to make her memoirs available                                 and later at number nine Peach Street with                                                                           is also available online at: www.
online. At age 91, Beryl is still going                                  her husband and their two children. Beryl                                                                  
strong and she provided us with more                                     is the youngest daughter of Leslie and                                                                               client/en_GB/search/asset/1041/0
information and wonderful photographs                                    Lillian MacLennan who lived at 7 Peach             7 Peach Street North Perth.

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                                                                                                                                                         A new addition to the Local History
                                                                                                                                                         Collection comes from Mount
                                                                                                                                                         Hawthorn local Keith Damon. Keith
                                                                                                                                                         has donated an eclectic collection of
                                                                                                                                                         materials which evoke domestic life
                                                                                                                                                         in post-war Perth. Keith’s family have
                                                                                                                                                         lived in Mount Hawthorn since 1914.
Illustration of Casson Homes, Woodville Street North Perth.

                                                                                                                                                         His parents Ted and Vera built a
                                                                                                                                                         new home on Federation Street in

                                                                                                                                                         the 1950s. The collection includes
                                                                                                                                                         recipe books, magazines, invitations,
                                                                                                                                                         programmes and even beautifully
                                                                                                                                                         decorated tins from Plaistowe’s
Sadly, John Casson passed away                     (AM) for service to the community.
                                                                                                                                                         Chocolate Factory in West Perth.
on 24 August 2020. John was the                    The award was a fitting recognition
                                                                                                                                                         These items provide a wonderful
grandson of Susan Casson who                       of his work with people living with
                                                                                                                                                         snapshot of post-war domestic life in
established Casson Homes in the                    mental illness through the establishment,
                                                                                                                                                         Mount Hawthorn. Thank-you Keith!
heart of North Perth in 1922. Susan                provision and promotion of a range
was a pioneering campaigner for                    of mental health services in
mental health care who strove to                   Western Australia.
provide a welcoming home and
daily dignity for people struggling                We were fortunate to have interviewed
with long-term mental illnesses.                   John Casson in 2009 and a transcript
Almost 100 years later, the Casson                 of his interview is available in the Local
family remain involved in the                      History Collection. In 2018, Cate Pattison
provision of residential mental                    was commissioned by John Casson to
health care in Perth.                              write The History of the Casson Family
                                                   and Casson Homes in Western Australia
Frederick John Casson was born in                  1897− 2017.
Mount Lawley in 1939. He was active in
the management of Casson Homes from                The history is available in the Local
the 1970s and in 2003 was awarded a                History Centre and online at: www.
Member of the Order of Australia Medal   

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OCTOBER                                        NOVEMBER                                           DECEMBER

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                                                                                                                               SLEEPING IN YOUR HOUSE?
                             WEDNESDAY 21 OCTOBER 2020
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LIBRARY ON FACEBOOK          A workshop for family history
                             beginners presented by family
                                                                            Presenter: Friends of Anzac Cottage                Every house has a tale to tell. If
                             historian Wendy Brown. Participants
                                                                            Bookings: Call 0411 445 582                        your walls could speak, what would
                             will learn how to get started and be
                                                                            Cost: Free                                         they tell you about when and how
                             guided on navigating the who, why
                             and how of finding family members.                                                                the house was built or about the
                                                                                                                               people who have called it home? This
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                             Bookings: Email                                                                                   and information that will help unlock
                                                                                      the stories and secrets of your house,
                             or call 9273 6090                                                                                 street and neighbourhood.

                                                                                                                               Presenter: Susanna Iuliano
                                                                                                                               Bookings: Email
                                                                                                                               or call 9273 6090
                                                                                                                               Cost: Free

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Thank you to all entrants in this year’s Local History Awards.
We were delighted by the number and quality of the entries received.

Photo entries can be viewed online at:

Vote online for your favourite photos and
help us decide the ‘People’s Choice’ Award.

Voting closes 30 October 2020.
Winners announced 2 November 2020.                   Sponsored by Claude Iaconi 0412 427 877

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