Mak­ing his­tory

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS -

WHILE many kids are ob­sessed with the on­line video game Fort­nite, this young his­to­rian is con­sumed with old Mun­dar­ing.

WHILE many chil­dren are ob­sessed with the on­line video game Fort­nite, one young his­to­rian is con­sumed with col­lect­ing hun­dreds of mem­o­rable pho­tos and ar­ti­cles on the days of old from Mun­dar­ing and its sur­round­ing sub­urbs.

Park­erville his­to­rian Owen Briffa (12) said when he dis­cov­ered there was no Face­book page ded­i­cated to keep­ing the his­tory of the Hills alive, he swung into ac­tion and started the Lost Mun­dar­ing & Sur­round­ings page.

“Ever since I was very young, around the age of five, I al­ways loved the his­tory of Perth and the Hills,” he said.

“I started my page last year in Au­gust and the re­sponse was great, with peo­ple get­ting on board fol­low­ing the page and do­nat­ing old pho­tos.”

Owen said the area had changed sig­nif­i­cantly since the Hills Gazette launched its first edi­tion in 1972.

“In that first year an ex­port abat­toir opened at Lin­ley Val­ley,” he said.

“In 1973 the Mun­dar­ing shop­ping mall opened and two years later El Ca­ballo Ho­tel opened.

“Four years later the new Mun­dar­ing Pri­mary School opened and a St John’s am­bu­lance cen­tre was es­tab­lished at Mun­dar­ing.

“It was 1978 when Yal­lam­bee Re­tire­ment Vil­lage opened, as well as the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Mun­dar­ing Se­nior Ci­ti­zens Cen­tre.

“And in 1983 the new Shire of Mun­dar­ing of­fices were opened.”

The in­trepid East­ern Hills Se­nior School stu­dent said some of the big­gest changes he had seen in the area was the con­struc­tion of the Mun­dar­ing Arena and Stoneville shop­ping com­plex.

“I have also seen the long-stand­ing busi­nesses shut down, such as Sam Druck­ers gen­eral store in Park­erville and the clo­sure of Peak in Glen For­rest,” he said.

Owen pre­dicted Mun­dar­ing would be home to a big­ger shop­ping cen­tre and the in­stal­la­tion of more traf­fic lights along Great East­ern High­way.

Main pic­ture: David Baylis­mu­ni­ d486541

Clock­wise from top: Owen Briffa has al­ready turned to pub­lish­ing. El Ca­ballo Blanco in Wooroloo had a chair lift in the ‘80s which is now at Ad­ven­ture World. Young­sters on the Glen For­rest BMX track.

The old Mt He­lena Deli.

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