Happy trails for his­tory buffs

PLACES of his­toric sig­nif­i­cance and other im­por­tant devel­op­ments in the town cen­tre of Bayswa­ter are recorded along a 20 to 30-minute her­itage trail. The trail cre­ated by the City of Bayswa­ter fea­tures 17 in­for­ma­tion plaques across King Wil­liam Street, W

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AC­TRESS Mon­ica Main, who has lived in Bayswa­ter for the past 24 years, will show­case the his­tory be­hind the orig­i­nal 1950s build­ings in the town cen­tre dur­ing a free walk­ing tour.

The Bayswa­ter His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety has or­gan­ised the free his­tor­i­cal tour af­ter it re­ceived a $1000 grant from the City of Bayswa­ter.

The Rise and Fall of the Cor­ner Store walk­ing tour will start at the Old Apos­tolic Church on Slade Street and walk through What­ley Cres­cent, King Wil­liam, Mur­ray and Leake streets be­fore fin­ish­ing at the Bayswa­ter Bowl­ing and Recre­ation Club.

Main will be wear­ing pe­riod cloth­ing while telling sto­ries about the ar­chi­tec­ture of each build­ing with his­to­rian Linda Bull.

Main said there was a lot of his­tory be­hind orig­i­nal 1950s build­ings in the town cen­tre, in­clud­ing That Cafe, Liquor­land and King Wil­liam An­tiques and Col­lectibles.

“Bayswa­ter did not just pop up overnight,” she said.

“The deli was like your lo­cal shop and peo­ple would go there, so a lot of those houses which were delis are still there.

“They are not delis any­more; some of them you can re­ally see they still have got the big win­dows and you get a sense that there was a shop there.”

The tours will be held on Oc­to­ber 14 and Oc­to­ber 21 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

To reg­is­ter, email bayswa­terhs@gmail.com.au or call 9271 3741.

Left: Made­laine Hig­gins’s Bayswa­ter Town Hall shop deli on Slade Street from 1937-1941. Above: The build­ing as it is to­day. Be­low: Phar­macy 777 on the cor­ner of What­ley Cres­cent and King Wil­liam Street in the 1930s. Pic­tures: Bayswa­ter His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety

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