Morley, Western Australia

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PerthWestern Australia
Morley western australia fountain.jpg
Bishop Street, Morley
Morley is located in Perth
Coordinates31°53′13″S 115°54′25″E / 31.887°S 115.907°E / -31.887; 115.907Coordinates: 31°53′13″S 115°54′25″E / 31.887°S 115.907°E / -31.887; 115.907
Population21,530 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2,050/km2 (5,311/sq mi)
Area10.5 km2 (4.1 sq mi)
Location10 km (6 mi) from the Perth CBD
LGA(s)City of Bayswater
State electorate(s)Morley, Bassendean, Maylands
Federal division(s)Perth, Stirling
Suburbs around Morley:
Noranda Noranda Beechboro
Dianella Morley Kiara
Bedford Embleton Bayswater
Nora Hughes Park

Morley is a suburb of Perth, within the City of Bayswater local government area, situated approximately 10 kilometres (6 mi) northeast of the Perth central business district. It contains the Centro Galleria, Perth's second-largest[3] commercial shopping centre, constructed in 1994. The Morley bus station is near the Centro Galleria. From the late 1950s, Morley (originally known as Morley Park) began to develop as a major shopping and commercial centre.[citation needed]

The name Morley began appearing on maps around the beginning of the twentieth century and was adopted when the Morley Park Estate was subdivided for urban development after the First World War.[2] The most likely explanation for its use is that it commemorates Charles William Morley, who is known to have farmed in the area during the 1860s and 1870s.[4]


The Morley area was in the early days of the Swan River Colony developed with agriculture. The area was originally known as Morley Park. In 1929 a landowner progress association petitioned the Bayswater Road Board for improved roads and lighting for improved transport of produce to markets.[5]

Commercial icons appeared in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including the Wirrina Drive In, the Morley Park Hotel and the Boans department store. Parallel with the commercial growth, a settlement program resulted in the residential development of Morley. This was achieved through a series of town planning schemes undertaken by Margaret Feilman, the consultant town planner to the Shire of Bayswater. These schemes especially catered to the needs of the home building companies whose style of large scale development was a new phenomenon of the 1960s.[6]

Tonkin Highway was constructed through Morley in 1984, bisecting the suburb.

After Boans burnt down in 1986, the Galleria Shopping Centre was built, opening in 1994.[7]

In 2015 the City of Bayswater adopted an activity centre plan for the improvement of the Morley commercial precinct. It aims to build upon the strengths already present in the City Centre and promote an improved street interface with the Galleria Shopping Centre; Progress Street as the Centre's Main Street; and an enhanced Morley bus station.


Morley Recreation Centre facilitates various sporting activities, such as indoor soccer, basketball, badminton, netball,[8] roller skating and roller derby. Teams compete in weekly matches and winners receive trophies at the end of each season.


Primary schools in Morley:[9]

  • Hampton Park Primary School (independent public school)
  • Infant Jesus Primary School (private catholic school)
  • Morley Primary School (independent public school)
  • Weld Square Primary School (public school)

High schools in Morley:[9]

Morley Senior High School is located in the nearby suburb of Noranda.

Notable people[edit]

Australian test cricketer Michael Hussey, singer Samantha Jade and Victorian Bushranger cricketer David Hussey were all raised in Morley.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Morley (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 March 2020. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "The Morley Park Estate". The West Australian. Perth, WA. 13 July 1918. p. 2. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  3. ^ Centro Galleria Archived 19 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine,
  4. ^ "Perth suburb names". Landgate. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Morley Park wants roads and lights". The Daily News. 11 July 1929. p. 9. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  6. ^ Municipal Inventory (PDF) (Report). City of Bayswater. October 2006. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  7. ^ "History – Part Two: 1930 – present". City of Bayswater. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  8. ^
  9. ^ a b "Schools and Education". City of Bayswater. Retrieved 25 November 2019.

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