On Friday 14 June our Year 3 classes went for a very long and fast walk around Mount Hawthorn to look at some of the historical sites that are found in our great suburb.
Mrs Williams told us about the history of a few of the many parks, buildings and people in and from Mount Hawthorn.
Our school started as Mount Hawthorn School in 1906 and 43 children went to the Congregational Church Hall where the DOME is now. When the school had too many children, a new school was built in 1908 which is the senior block of MHPS now. There were too many children in the senior block, so the junior block was built in1938 which was called the Mount Hawthorn Infants School.
Mount Hawthorn had its very own dairy called Cartwright’s Dairy and Iceworks in Coogee St (where the Paddington townhouses are now). The brand name was called ‘Dairy Queen’. Anzac Road at that time was made up of wooden planks all along it all the way to Scarborough. The milk would come from Dairy farms in Osborne Park, amazing!
The Oxford Hotel (built in 1904) and the Paddington Hotel (built in 1932) used to be home for working men from the country who came to the city to get a job. They would rent a room upstairs and for a small amount of money, they would get an evening meal included.
Tram number 15 used to run all the way from the city and stop at the Oxford Hotel. Now, bus number 15 runs along the same route!
The Bodhi Bookstore on Oxford St used to be the Ritz Movie Theatre back in the 1930s which would fit 1200 people inside. During summer, there was an outdoor cinema at Axford Park where they could fit 500 people. Imagine that! A movie theatre in Mount Hawthorn, I wish we still had it there!
Axford Park was named after a famous Mount Hawthorn man called Thomas Axford who fought in WWI. He saved his platoon from being captured and killed by the Germans. He won the Victoria Cross for his bravery.
We learnt about ANZAC Cottage which was built in one day by volunteer tradesmen. Private John Porter was the first soldier (from Perth) to return from the war and he was given the house to live in.
Many people think that Menzies Oval is named after a famous Australian Prime Minister BUT it’s not! It is named after a very hard working Perth City Councillor, Peter Menzies, who over many years established many suburbs such as Mount Hawthorn, North Perth and Highgate.
Braithwaite Park was named after John Braithwaite who was the gardener in charge of parks in the City of Perth and he designed Hyde Park and Queens Gardens. He did such a wonderful job for 40 years that when he died, he had a park named after him. His son then took over the job from him!
It was a tiring three hours but a great experience because we learnt so much about the suburb we live in – Mount Hawthorn is awesome!