With History with Luba about to be history (Adult Services Librarian Luba is retiring at the end of the year), here is the fourth in the History with Luba retrospective. This is part 2 of a look at the history of Spearwood (‘What happened to part 1?’ you may ask, well it’s coming soon, as we are working backwards in our History with Luba retrospective). This originally appeared in the June 2012 edition of the City’s bi-monthly newsletter Cockburn Soundings.

In July 1914 Spearwood Primary School was built on Rockingham Road at the current location of Spearwood Alternative Primary School. The first teacher was Mr Hatfield with 15 boys and 14 girls as students.

After World War I there was considerable Southern European settlement notably with Yugoslavs from the Dalmatian coast and Italian immigrants. By the 1920s all the agricultural land in Spearwood was subdivided. Fruit, vegetables, grapes, poultry and quarries were the mainstays of the area.

Following World War II Spearwood was transformed from a rural district to a vibrant suburb of the Perth metropolitan area. Community spirit has always been strong in the area and grew around the school, sporting groups and organisations such as the Spearwood Fruit Growers and Market Gardeners Association who donated the land, situated on the present Council offices and Spearwood Library, to the Cockburn Shire Council in 1963. Local oral histories (cds and dvds) are available for loan from Cockburn Libraries

– Luba Kambourakis, Adult Services Librarian. This article first appeared in the June 2012 edition of Cockburn Soundings