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"Historical tour of Perth" State of Western Australia Things to Do Tip by iandsmith

State of Western Australia Things to Do: 392 reviews and 878 photos

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by iandsmith

What you can do is lob up to the local Tourist Office and get an historical map of Perth. Then, for all you cheap touristy types, you can board the free buses and find a few of these buildings and while away a few hours.
This shot is of "Meerilinga", built in 1897 by Fred Illingworth who had arrived in W.A. bankrupt in 1887. His fortunes were revived by dabbling fortuitously in real estate.
He left the building in 1906 and by 1922 it was being rented by the Kindergarten Union.
Bessie Rischbieth, strong on women's and conservation issues, was a founding member of the child development movement.
Money left by her husband Henry allowed the house to be purchased in 1932 and it is now forever to be used by non-profit organizations.

Address: West of the CBD in Perth, on the free bus route.

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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