Lincoln Street Ventilation Stack

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The Lincoln Street Vent in Highgate, Western Australia

Lincoln Street Ventilation Stack is located at 57 Lincoln Street, at its intersection with Smith Street, Highgate, Western Australia.


The Lincoln Street Ventilation Stack is a prominent landmark in Highgate, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia. Built by the Metropolitan Water Supply, Sewerage and Drainage Department in 1935 as a sewer vent, it is of brick construction rendered in Art Deco style and stands 38 metres (125 ft) tall, making it the second tallest sewer vent in Australia (after a 40 metres (130 ft) structure in Sydney).[1][2]

The vent was intended to safely discharge acidic gas with the potential to damage Perth's sewer network and was hence built on top of Highgate Hill above a high point in the system. It proved unsuccessful, inadequately venting the sewer gas and – under certain weather conditions – dispersing what gas it vented over the surrounding houses and police station. It was sealed in 1941 after which it was referred to as "Dumas's Folly", after Chief Engineer of the Public Works Department, Russell Dumas.[3]

A similar vent was planned for the suburb of Subiaco, but was never constructed.

In 1941 the Police Wireless Service moved to the adjacent Highgate Police Station, and the vent tower was put into service as a radio antenna. The move and the tower's new function were kept secret – initially to protect against Japanese air raids during World War II – and weren't revealed until 1956. The vent continued in this role until 1975 and several antennas are still visible on top of the structure.

The Lincoln Street Vent is listed with the National Trust of Australia and the State Register of Heritage Places.[4]


  1. ^ "VENTILATING STACK.". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 3 April 1941. p. 6. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "120FT. HIGH.". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 27 June 1941. p. 8. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Beor, Perry.(2004) Flowing back 'Put out of operation soon after it was commissioned it is also known as the Lincoln Street Ventilating Stack and Dumas' Folly'). Flowing forward, 24 May 2004, p.3,
  4. ^ and Hocking Planning and Architecture; Richard Pawluk & Associates; Heritage Council of Western Australia; LandCorp (W.A.) (1998), Heritage assessment of WA Police Services property Highgate : concerning the Lincoln Street Ventilating Stack, former Police Station & Lock Up (cottage), former Residence (Police Safety Road Unit) at 57 Lincoln Street, corner Smith Street, Reserve 6245 : report to Richard Pawluk & Associates on behalf of Landcorp, distributed by the Heritage Council, archived from the original on 5 September 2008, retrieved 10 March 2012 


Further reading[edit]

  • The sanitary problem from the sewer gas point of view: sewer ventilation: the high shaft fallacy: protection of water supply Brown, William (London: Eyre and Pottiswoode, East Harding Street), 1898, Scholars Microform University of Western Australia
  • Identifying Art Deco Facius, R in Trust News: The National Trust of Australia (W.A), 183rd Edition, September 1993

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Coordinates: 31°56′33″S 115°52′15″E / 31.9424°S 115.8708°E / -31.9424; 115.8708