Mile­stones

Stirling Times - - News -

READER Barry Slat­ter has shared Hamer­s­ley’s his­tory with the Times.

Mr Slat­ter said De­cem­ber 14 marked 50 years since a 1968 land auc­tion in Man­ton Court sparked res­i­den­tial es­tab­lish­ment of the sub­urb. “Back then it was ser­viced by a lime­stone road and was gen­er­ally re­garded as be­ing ‘in the sticks’, so to speak,” he said.

“No phones, no shops, no fa­cil­i­ties and bush all around.” Ac­cord­ing to the City of Stir­ling’s records, the sub­urb was named af­ter set­tlers the Hamer­s­ley fam­ily, with Ed­ward Hamer­s­ley own­ing land in the area af­ter ar­riv­ing in the Swan River Colony in 1837. The low-ly­ing ar­eas within Hamer­s­ley were used for mar­ket gar­den­ing dur­ing the early years, with the re­main­ing land be­ing largely un­de­vel­oped.

Af­ter res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment, Hamer­s­ley was the first sub­urb in the re­gion to be guided by cul-de-sac de­sign, which later formed the ba­sis for other sub­di­vi­sions within the north­ern cor­ri­dor.

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