Feet-first approach to enjoying suburb
TOWN planner and architect Don Newman will lead this weekend’s free walking tour through Daglish as part of the global Jane’s Walk movement.
Mr Newman said the aim of the initiative was to get people walking and enjoying the suburbs.
The Mt Claremont resident was invited to lead the Daglish tour because he is currently completing an assessment for Daglish to become the first garden suburb recognised by the National Trust.
Mr Newman said the National Trust recognised historical towns like Guildford and Northampton but not garden suburbs.
Daglish was built by the dimensions of a railway marshalling yard “and that’s why it’s so long”.
“In the early 1930s/late 1920s there was a housing shortage and lack of affordable housing, so the Labor government of the day undertook to use the land, on the persuasion of (Perth councillor) Harold Boas,” Mr Newman said.
Along with renowned planners William Bold and Carl Klem, Mr Boas was influenced by UK garden cities to create a space that kept people in touch with nature.
Mr Newman said the first houses in Daglish were built for the Workers’ Homes Board (now Homeswest) and many houses still had the original art deco or arts and craft style.
Don Newman has a passion for garden suburbs.