Shenton Park, Western Australia
Perth, Western Australia
|Population||4,350 (2011 census)|
|• Density||1,279/km2 (3,310/sq mi)|
|Area||3.4 km2 (1.3 sq mi)|
|Location||4 km (2 mi) W of Perth CBD|
- For the park within the suburb, see Lake Jualbup.
Shenton Park is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located within the City of Subiaco and 4 km west of the Central business district. Its postcode is 6008. The suburb is named after the park that it contains; Shenton Park, which was named after George Shenton who originally owned the land that is now the suburb of Shenton Park.
On the western side is Shenton College, a purpose-built high school established in 2000, a teaching and rehabilitation hospital which includes a health science campus of Curtin University of Technology, two private hospitals, the University of Western Australia Shenton Field Station, offices of numerous health advocacy associations and depots and processing plants associated with the Water Authority and various councils.
The eastern side is almost entirely residential, with a small commercial area on Onslow Road, a primary school and several churches and halls.
During an outbreak of smallpox in 1893, the colonial government set up an isolation tent hospital in the bush at Shenton Park. The facility was home to the Rehabilitation Services and Spinal Unit of Royal Perth Hospital. The hospital has since closed.
The suburb is the base of Post Newspapers, in Onslow Road, a weekly newspaper that is distributed in Perth's western suburbs.
Birds and wildlife
Birds such as laughing kookaburra, red-tailed black-cockatoo, long-billed corella, lorikeets, Australian pelican, black swan among others can frequently be seen in the suburb especially at Lake Jualbup. The Lake is also home to long neck turtles and motorbike frogs. The bushland near Shenton College is home to indigenous bats with purpose built bat boxes in an effort to protect them from non-indigenous birds.
Shenton Park has two animal welfare organisations opposite each other on Lemnos Street: the Dogs' Refuge Home and the Cat Haven.
- Lake Jualbup, formerly Shenton Lake
- Shenton Park railway station
- Shenton Bushland
- Underwood Avenue Bushland
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