Mandurah’s Heritage Treasures

Last year we were approached by several community groups, heritage lovers and history buffs, all asking questions about Mandurah’s heritage treasures.

We’re delighted that several of these proactive community members have joined the MEHG committee, and we’ve since created a Heritage Working Party to ask the all-important questions:

The public artworks. The brass plaques. The heritage wishing well. Canopus. The museum boat. The other heritage artefacts. Where are they all now? And, more importantly, when will they be restored to the Mandurah Heritage Trail?

We sent the 12 questions below to the City of Mandurah a week before the Council meeting on 23 January expecting them to be answered at the meeting. Thank you to those who came along to show their support for Mandurah’s heritage treasures.

The Mayor said that the answers would be forthcoming, and that he and the CEO would like to meet with us to find out more, which we think is a positive outcome.

NEW: Read the answers provided by Place & Community Director Jude Thomas on 9th February.

It only seems like yesterday that the Memorial Wishing Well was carefully disassembled to make way for the new bridge. It was actually in 2015:

Some of our members can remember back to 1992 when a Maritime Museum was proposed for Mandurah. Now, that would have been something!

Questions for the City of Mandurah:

  1. The Mandurah Environment & Heritage Group’s management committee is concerned about the museum’s boat, its motor, battery and equipment, and if any weather damage has taken place, and respectfully ask: When will the boat be relicensed, and the boat and trailer returned to the Mandurah Maritime Annex?
  2. What is the City of Mandurah’s plan to respond to producing QR Code Signage for the revised Inner City Walk?
  3. Where and when will the ‘Three Vessels of Hope’ sculpture by Claire Bailey (1998), commissioned by the City of Mandurah to commemorate the site of the first Government Jetty built in 1897, be back on public display?
  4. Where and when will the ‘Memorial Wishing Well’, erected by the Mandurah Progress Association, funded by public subscriptions, and unveiled by the Minister for Tourism Lionel F. Kell on 11 December 1955, be back on public display?
  5. Where and when will the Mosaic Artwork by Jenny Dawson, paying homage to Mandurah’s fishing industry, be back on public display?
  6. What is the City of Mandurah’s plan involving the plaque for the ‘Charles Olaf Wilson and the Leviathan’ mural, by Jarome Davenport seen on the Museum Wall in the Dalrymple Park?
  7. What is the City of Mandurah’s plan for the brass heritage plaques that went into storage during the foreshore redevelopment?
  8. What is the City of Mandurah’s planning for Heritage Week (between 18 April and 19 May 2024) which used to be a prominent event on the City’s calendar, and can it include details about the Guided Inner City Walk which has been upgraded to include 44 places and objects of interest.
  9. Where and when will the heritage boat ‘Canopus’, which was restored at considerable cost by the Maritime Annex Volunteers with 2,700 hours of volunteers’ time, be put on public display instead of having it languishing in a volunteer’s shed on a bush block in Bouvard?
  10. When will the Local Heritage Survey be updated to include the correct address for the heritage boat ‘Canopus’?
  11. When will the ‘Old Fisheries Boatshed’ (listed inHerit P26585, Portion of Lot 500 on DP 70514 on CT LR3019/763) be added to the Local Heritage Survey?
  12. Where and when will the 8 heritage boats including 2 kayaks and other heritage items that are in the Mandurah Maritime Annex be put on public display?

Mandurah Heritage Trails
City Public Art Trail

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