Recognition for pioneers
A DESCENDANT of two Cockburn pioneers tells us how it feels to have a new suburb named after his family.
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.”
Steve Treeby, great-grandson of the pioneering Treeby family.
The boundary of the new suburb.