Judy Edwards

Judy Edwards

Former Minister for the Environment; Science

    State Government awards heritage protection to Coogee landmark

    19/12/2001 9:35 AM

    The former Coogee Hotel and Post Office, a landmark on the coastal road between Fremantle and Rockingham, has been entered into the State’s Register of Heritage Places.

    Environment and Heritage Minister Dr Judy Edwards said that the hotel, also known as Powell’s Hotel, was a rare example of a single storey, purpose-built ‘honeymoon’ hotel and post office.

    “The hotel had gained some fame in Perth as the ‘Honeymoon Hotel’ largely because of its attractive surrounding,” Dr Edwards said.

    “There is no comparable example of such a place surviving in close to its original form, in a coastal location within the metropolitan region.”

    The hotel and post office is the surviving component of a precinct, which was a destination for visitors and holidaymakers for the first two decades of this century. It originally consisted of a railway station, two racecourses, and the hotel and nearby family beach.

    “The hotel provided a resting place for people travelling along Cockburn Road, then known as the Fremantle-Rockingham Road, and a drinking hole for workers from the nearby lime-kilns, local market gardens, the abattoir and the railways,” Dr Edwards said.

    “The hotel, as well as the greater precinct became the social and retail focus for the workers, residents, and visitors of the Coogee community.”

    A combination of a Federation Bungalow and Victorian Georgian styles, the hotel was built in 1901 for Walter Powell, a Fremantle wine and spirit merchant. The Post Office was built by Mr Burnett, a relative of Powell’s, in the 1920s.

    The hotel closed in the late 1920s and from 1930 until 1941 an Anglican holiday camp for orphans occupied the hotel. Between 1946 and 1968 it operated as an orphanage, housing about one hundred children at any time permanently.

    The orphanage closed in 1968 and one year later became the headquarters for the Coogee Progress Association.

    The building is currently being refurbished.

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