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Heritage markers offer a glimpse into local history

09 October 2020

The community can discover more about some local historic sites after the City recently unveiled a series of new heritage markers.

For the past 20 years, the City’s Heritage Marker Program has highlighted local buildings, places or landmarks of significance including important Nyoongar sites, schools, churches and classic homes.

The latest heritage markers in Gwelup, Joondanna, Osborne Park and Tuart Hill offer a short history of four prominent local churches:

Osborne Park Uniting Church
Located not far from Main Street, the church at 164 Edward Street dates back to 1915 and was designed in the Federation Carpenter Gothic style. The congregation has extended the building several times over the years, most recently in 1997.

St Teresa’s Church (Gwelup)
Originally a school when it opened in 1937, the church off North Beach Road has gone on to serve locals from surrounding areas for decades. The long-standing building was incorporated into Mt Laverna Retirement Village in the early 1990s.

St Kieran’s Church (Tuart Hill)
The Waterloo Street site features an original parish centre from 1923, a presbytery added in the 1930s and a bell tower and church built 50 years later. Designed in the Australian neo-gothic tradition of Catholic Church buildings, the main church building opened in 1983.

St Denis’ Church (Joondanna)
Built in 1967, the Roman Catholic Church on Osborne Street was designed by Ernest Rossen for the Servite religious order. Considered an excellent example of late 20th century church architecture, the church delivered a modern design when it opened in 1968.

City of Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin said the dozens of local markers already in place were predominantly added to sites on the City’s Heritage List.

“Over the years, we have installed close to 40 heritage markers across the community including locations such as Clarko Reserve, Mt Flora Museum and Beaufort Street,” he said.

“There is so much fascinating local history in all corners of the City, and these markers have provided an excellent way of sharing part of it with our residents and visitors.”

Image caption: Osborne Ward Councillors Adam Spagnolo and Lisa Thornton with Osborne Park Uniting Church members John Laverty and Donald Jodrell.

For more information about history and heritage in the City of Stirling, head to www.stirling.wa.gov.au/heritage

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