Online exclusive! Appearing here before anywhere else, the fifth installment in History with Leah looks at the suburb of Yangebup. The suburb we now know as Yangebup was not officially named and marked until 1977, but the name was in use throughout Cockburn’s history. Believed to originate from the Nyungar word yanget, a name for a local bullrush, it was first recorded in 1841 and went on to become the name of a lake and a major rural road in the area. Settlers around Yangebup Lake came to think of themselves as Yangebup residents, building a community of farmers and...Read More
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The fourth installment of History with Leah looks at the suburb of Jandakot. This article originally appeared in the August edition of the Cockburn Soundings newsletter, with the new and improved author picture! The name Jandakot was recorded in 1844 as the Aboriginal name of a lake in the area – now Forrestdale Lake – said to mean ‘place of the whistling eagle’. Before the gold rush boosted the colony’s economy Jandakot had been mostly unused land but once new settlers started arriving in droves in the 1880s, Premier John Forrest was looking for a reason to entice them...Read More
Here is the third History with Leah article for the City’s regular newsletter, the Cockburn Soundings. Although newly named, the Munster area is one of the oldest in the City of Cockburn’s long history. For most of the 19th century, the area was known to settlers as ‘South Coogee’, and its lake was known as Lake Munster, named for Prince William, the Earl of Munster. This lake area (now Lake Coogee) was good market-gardening land, and many small holdings grew up around its shores. Long before this, however, Woodman Point played host one of the first settlements in WA: Thomas Peel’s failed...Read More
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