Queens Park, Western Australia

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Queens Park
PerthWestern Australia
Queens Park is located in Perth
Queens Park
Queens Park
Coordinates 32°00′14″S 115°56′31″E / 32.004°S 115.942°E / -32.004; 115.942Coordinates: 32°00′14″S 115°56′31″E / 32.004°S 115.942°E / -32.004; 115.942
Population 3,903 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 6107
Location 11 km (7 mi) from Perth
LGA(s) City of Canning
State electorate(s) Cannington
Federal Division(s) Swan
Suburbs around Queens Park:
Welshpool Welshpool Welshpool
Bentley Queens Park East Cannington
Cannington Cannington East Cannington

Queens Park is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located within the City of Canning. Its postcode is 6107.

History[edit]

The suburb derives its name from the former Queens Park Road Board that was incorporated into the Canning and Belmont Road Boards.[2]

Queens Park was originally known as Woodlupine. The name change was brought about following a murder in 1911. Local residents and authorities feared the incident could jeopardise the development of the area. It was agreed that the name would be changed to Queens Park to honour Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII.[3]

The largest single land holder in Queens Park was Sister Kate's children's home which was founded by Sister Kate in 1934 and expanded in 1936 which at the time, A. O. Neville, the government Chief Protector of Aboriginals was the architect of an official scheme which oversaw the care, custody and education of Aboriginal and half-caste children under 16 years in the state. The scheme's purpose was to integrate young and part Aboriginal children into white society by separating them from their families. The process by which the separation was done has since been widely condemned when a report entitled Bringing Them Home was published in 1997 following a federal government enquiry. These people are now known as the Stolen Generation.

Present day[edit]

Queens Park now incorporates the former suburb of Maniana, once of State Housing development post WW2, which is being pulled down and redeveloped into "Quatro".

New developments such as "Skytown" have seen property prices boom as developers buy up old houses for unit development especially around the older parts of Queens Park on Welshpool Rd..

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Queens Park (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  2. ^ Carden, F.G. Along the Canning: A History of the City of Canning, City of Canning, 1st Edition 1968, 2nd edition, 1991,
  3. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of metropolitan suburb names – Q". Retrieved 2008-10-10.