RE­STORED TO GLORY

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page -

THE first mayor of the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Vic­to­ria Park - Cap­tain Robert Thomp­son McMaster - gave his all for king and coun­try when he died at the charge at The Nek at Gal­lipoli on Au­gust 7, 1915.

In just one of the Town’s many proud WWI sto­ries, Capt McMaster was a mem­ber of the 10th Light Horse at the time of his death, af­ter be­com­ing Mayor in 1897.

Lo­cal his­to­rian Peter Gif­ford said Capt McMaster was 49 when he died fight­ing for the Al­lies in WWI, and one of seven of­fi­cers and 73 men from the 10th Light Horse killed at The Nek.

“Hav­ing al­ready seen ac­tive ser­vice in South Africa for which he was dec­o­rated, Capt McMaster – an ar­chi­tect and fam­ily man with three sons and two daugh­ters – could have avoided fur­ther ser­vice, par­tic­u­larly since he had been placed on the re­tired list,” Dr Gif­ford said.

“It is to his eter­nal credit and that of WA that he did not.”

Capt McMaster left his imprint on Perth and Vic­to­ria Park, where his ar­chi­tec­ture can be seen at the Bro­ken Hill Ho­tel on Al­bany High­way and his own hand­some weath­er­board home, built in 1896 on an el­e­vated block on the cor­ner of Ber­wick and Courthope streets.

Capt McMaster is also cred­ited with the Cen­tral Ar­cade from Mur­ray Street to Welling­ton Street, United Ser­vice Ho­tel in St Ge­orge’s Ter­race, Ozone Ho­tel in Ade­laide Ter­race, and Smith's Cham­bers in Bar­rack Street.

Apart from

his East Vic­to­ria Park home, he was re­spon­si­ble for other prom­i­nent res­i­den­tial struc­tures.

Af­ter sev­eral own­ers over the decades, the McMaster fam­ily home even­tu­ally fell into dis­re­pair, un­til an­other young fam­ily took on the chal­lenge of its mam­moth re­fur­bish­ment in 1981.

Peter Robert­son (66) and his wife Tr­ish (65) in­spected the ram­bling run­down house when it was for sale in 1981, ini­tially swear­ing off it due to the sheer hard work re­quired to make it live­able.

In the years hence the pair has re­stored the stunning four-bed­room home in a way that would make Capt McMaster and his wife Emily very proud.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d435482

Tr­ish and Peter Robert­son with their son Michael in the re­stored home.

Cap­tain Robert Thomp­son McMaster.

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