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Mosman Park

Mosman Park community history:
The Perth Road Board was responsible for the area now known as the Town of Mosman Park, from 1871 until 1893, when some residents of Claremont petitioned successfully for their area to become a separate road district.
The new local authority (Claremont) controlled the district from the Subiaco part of Crawley, as far as North Fremantle. The following year, Cottesloe and Peppermint Grove residents made applications for separate road districts; however, only Cottesloe’s application succeeded. Sir John Forrest claimed that Peppermint Grove’s area of 250 acres was too small.
Nevertheless, in 1895, he granted the application which, by then, included the area now known as Mosman Park, and the Peppermint Grove Board came into being. Because of arguments over road building and preferences, the Peppermint Grove Road Board, under the chairmanship of Dr Jameson, divided the district into two.
The old Prospect Place, with its 250 acres, remained the Peppermint Grove Road District and the seceding part became known as Buckland Hill Road District. The first meeting of this new Board was held on 6 December 1899, in a shop in Mason Street (later Stirling Highway) between Willis and Stuart Streets.
In 1907 the Road Board changed its name to Cottesloe Beach Road Board. This name remained for twenty-three years. In 1930 after many years of Government pressure, it was changed back to Buckland Hill and so it remained until the Mosman Park Road District was gazetted on 9 February 1937.
In 1961, the Local Government Act came into effect, and the district became known as the Shire of Mosman Park.
In the following year, 1962, the Shire was converted to a Town, and the present name of the Town of Mosman Park was adopted. Mosman Park is administered by a Town Council consisting of a Mayor and six Councillors.

Mosman Park community history:
The area of this suburb was first named "Buckland Downs" on a map of the Colony drawn in London in September 1832. This name is thought to have been bestowed by Governor Stirling to honour William Buckland, a noted geologist and later Dean of Westminster. When the suburb was first developed it was referred to as Buckland Hill, but in 1907 when the Public Works Department constructed a jetty on the river here, the area was named Mosman Bay after Mosman in Sydney, the birthplace of R.J. Yeldon, one of the Road Board members. The area name was changed to Mosman Park at a meeting of the Executive Council in 1937.

References and Links

Mosman Park community history, from which most of the above comes.

Mosman Park Heritage Trail page.

Bolton, Geoffrey & Jenny Gregory 1999, Claremont: A History, UWAP.

Dowden, Sindy 2014, 'Mosman Park: the past 100 years', Town of Mosman Park. (wrongly names Dr Adam Jameson as 'Dr Adamson')

Downey, Harold Sydney G. 1971, Mosman Park Western Australia, Town of Mosman Park.

James, Ruth Marchant 1980, 'The Presentation Sisters: unsung pioneers of education'Early Days, Volume 8, Part 4: 83-92.

James, Ruth Marchant 1977, Heritage of Pines: A History of Cottesloe, Town of Cottesloe Council.

James, Ruth Marchant 2007, Cottesloe: A Town of Distinction, Town of Cottesloe.

Pascoe, Robert 1983, Peppermint Grove: Western Australia's Capital Suburb, OUP, © Robert Pascoe.

Porter, Anne, 1983, 'Lane, Zebina (1829-1906)' ADB. Bio of father and son, the latter of whom owned Jameson's 'Buckland House', which he renamed 'Chateau Perseverance', after one of his mines, the Great Boulder Perseverance Mine.

Tuettemann, Elizabeth 1991, Between River and Sea: A History of Mosman Park, Western Australia: an update and extension of the original work by H.S.G. Downey (v.s.) , Town of Mosman Park, Nedlands.

Wikipedia page for Dr Adam Jameson, for whom Buckland House was built in 1897 (James: 90).

Wikipedia page for William Buckland, after whom, according to the Mosman Park community history page, Buckland Downs and Hill were named. (Pamela Statham-Drew significantly does not mention him in her biography of James Stirling.)

See also: Buckland Hill, for the Harley Scramble.

Oceanic Hotel, Mosman Park.


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