Recog­ni­tion for pi­o­neers

A DE­SCEN­DANT of two Cock­burn pi­o­neers tells us how it feels to have a new sub­urb named af­ter his fam­ily.

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Bryce Luff

A DE­SCEN­DANT of two Cock­burn pi­o­neers whose fam­ily name has been given to the City of Cock­burn’s 22nd and new­est sub­urb be­lieves they would likely be em­bar­rassed by all the fuss.

The State Govern­ment re­cently gave the City of Cock­burn ap­proval to re­name Ban­jup north of Ar­madale Road Treeby.

Mar­ket gar­den­ers Joseph and Emma Treeby settled in the area in the 1890s and three of their sons served in World War I.

Steve Treeby was born af­ter the death of his great-grand­par­ents, but he said they would prob­a­bly have shied away from all the at­ten­tion.

“My fa­ther Bob, his brothers and sisters – Ernie, Jessie, Dot and John – were all very quiet, shy, hard­work­ing and I reckon that Emma and Joseph would have been the same,” he said.

While he be­lieves the orig­i­nal Tree­bys in Cock­burn would have steered clear of the spot­light, he said the fam­ily was very proud.

The idea to name the area af­ter the pi­o­neers was sug­gested to the fam­ily and the City of Cock­burn by the Ban­jup Res­i­dents Group mid­way through 2015.

Nam­ing the area was part of the process un­der­taken by the city as it went about cre­at­ing a new sub­urb to dif­fer­en­ti­ate fu­ture land uses ei­ther side of Ar- madale Road. “I men­tioned the pro­posal to im­me­di­ate fam­ily mem­bers and they were quite sur­prised and felt hon­oured on be­half of our an­ces­tors,” Mr Treeby said.

“Per­son­ally I felt quite thrilled some of these early pi­o­neers would be recog­nised for their sac­ri­fices and hard work.”

While the city had hoped to limit the north­ern bound­ary to Jan­dakot Road, in line with fu­ture res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments, Cock­burn’s plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor Daniel Arndt said it was a pleas­ing re­sult.

“Ban­jup’s small com­mu­nity has a strong his­tory,” he said.

“Re­spect­ing and cel­e­brat­ing his­tory is critical to Cock­burn.”

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme­mu­ni­ d460208

Steve Treeby, great-grand­son of the pi­o­neer­ing Treeby fam­ily.

The bound­ary of the new sub­urb.

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