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Youth Show Keen Interest in Local History

 Nine year old Abbey Winship from St Columba Primary School, South Perth, has won the Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Award (Written and Photographic) for 2014 with her outstanding entry, My School’s Story. The Year 4 student received $500 cash from the Pendal Family.

I was delighted to contribute books to the value of $100 for Abbey and $100 to the winning school library, in this instance, St Columba Primary School.

Sixteen other students from City of South Perth primary and secondary schools also received Merit Certificates valued at $25 each and Judges Encouragement Awards that included a $20 book voucher during the presentation at Heritage House Cultural Centre and Gallery, corner Mends Street and Mill Point Road, on Thursday 19 June.

Mrs Maxine Pendal, South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty and myself were guests of honour at the ceremony hosted by City of South Perth Historical Society President Lynn O’Hara and competition judges Kevin Trent, Robert O’Connor and Sue Emmett.

This is the fifth year of the Award run by the City of South Perth Historical Society to honour the late Phillip Pendal (MLA) – my predecessor as the Member for South Perth – and the contribution he made to the history of the district.

A record 75 entries covering a wide variety of local history topics – Mt Henry Bridge to the Manning Rippers and the Clontarf horror bus crash – were received from students aged seven to 15 years attending Aquinas College, Como Primary School, St Columba Primary School and Clontarf Aboriginal College.

All city of South Perth students and young residents were eligible to enter the annual competition.

Lynn O’Hara praised the standard of work received and said she hoped more schools and students would enter the competition in 2015.

All winning entries are on display at Heritage House Cultural Centre and Gallery until 20 July.

Opening times: Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Saturday – Sunday 1pm to 4pm.


John McGrath with Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Award Recipient Abbey Winship
John McGrath with Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Award Recipient Abbey Winship

My thanks to Sue Emmett from the City of South Perth Historical Soceity for providing me with the below information on the successful entries.


Winner: Abbey Winship (Yr 4- age 9) St Columba’s PS

Topic- My School’s Story


Twelve (12) Merit Certificates valued at $25 each

Vincent Hartman-Baker (Yr 2 – age 7) Como PS. (Como PS Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow)

Charlie Shoebridge (Yr 3 – age 8) Como PS (Dad’s Favourite Memories)

Lauren Winship (Yr 4- age 9) St Columba’s PS (St Columba South Perth)

James Turner (Yr 5 – age 10) Aquinas (History Street)

Lily Graves (Yr 6 – age 11) St Columba’s PS (Clayton’s Butcher SP)

Anthony Taranto (Yr 6 – 11 years) Aquinas (A Memory of Milkshakes – Mends St Jetty)

Quinn McHenry (Yr 7 – age 11) Aquinas (The Mighty Manning Rippers)

Nicola D’Orazio –(Yr 7 – age 12) Aquinas (The Mt Henry Bridge)

Quincy Kusnady (Yr 7 – age 12) Como PS (Mr Robert Mason – headmaster)

Cherise Quartermaine (Yr 8 – age 13) Clontarf Aboriginal College (The Clontarf Chapel)

Joseph O’Sullivan (Yr 9 – age 14) Aquinas (Cathay – Dorothy Hewett)

Erykah Forrest (Yr 10 – age 15) Clontarf Aboriginal College (Michael Bowman’s Gravesite)


Judges Encouragement Awards – (4 x $20 book vouchers funded by private donations)

Chrystal Quartermaine (Yr 9 – age 14) Clontarf Aboriginal College (Michael Bowman’s Grave)

Alistair Berry (Yr 7 – age 11) Aquinas College (Clontarf 1955 Horror Crash – a fictional account of the true events

Jayden Hill (Yr 6 – age 11) Aquinas (Perth Zoo)

Samuel Doggart (Yr 6 – age 11) Aquinas (Ancestral Aquinians)

Extra Hours for Summer Ferry


'Phillip Pendal' South Perth Ferry
‘Phillip Pendal’ South Perth Ferry

South Perth MLA John McGrath would like to remind the community that the South Perth Mends Street ferry timetable has once again been extended for the summer months.

Mr McGrath said last year’s trial timetable proved to be a great success and was welcomed by residents, tourists and nearby businesses.

“I am a strong advocate of the service being extended over the summer months. Traffic congestion is becoming a huge challenge for Government as our population explodes. I believe that the river is greatly under-utilised as a mode of transport for our city,” Mr McGrath said. “A well-functioning ferry system can go a long way in reducing the number of cars on our roads.”

“Extending the service hours in the summer months not only benefits tourists wanting to enjoy the cafes and bars of Mends Street at night but also enables South Perth residents to go to the city at night for shopping or visit entertainment precincts,” he said.

In canvassing support for the timetable last year, South Perth residents told Mr McGrath that, although they would like to use the ferry at night to visit the city, the service currently finishes too early for it to be an effective form of transport for them.

The ferry has been operating on extended hours since 1 September 2013 and will continue until 30 April 2014.

The summer timetable is: Weekdays (Monday to Thursday) 6:50am to 10:24pm, Fridays 6:50am to 12:15am, Saturdays: 7:50am to 12:15am and Sundays: 7:50am to 8:24pm.