Newton’s Nedlands lore
WHY is it that so many of Perth’s most significant and beloved personalities live in Nedlands?
After pondering this question for years, City of Nedlands communications officer Michelle Newton has embarked on a passion project to profile 12 notable local residents called Faces of Nedlands.
The Western Suburbs Weekly will publish an excerpt from the series each month, before the completed stories are published in a community booklet next year.
“My grandmother used to live in Nedlands, so I have been hearing amazing stories about people who come from this area for a very long time,” Ms Newton said.
“Now, working at the council, I know of lots of people who fly under the radar, everyday people who do really great things in the community.
“I hope this project will bring out a sense of community and remind people to feel proud that they live in a great and prominent place.”
Ms Newton said her first published profile would be on Steves bar and restaurant owner Murray McHenry.
“He was my first interview with a lot of very interesting stories to tell,” she said.
“Murray was very generous with his time; he is an all-round businessman and it is no surprise that he has his finger in a number of pies around Nedlands.”