Judy Edwards

Judy Edwards

Former Minister for the Environment; Science

    State Government heritage lists Cottesloe's Kulahea and Lady Lawley College

    10/06/2003 10:00 AM

    Two Cottesloe landmarks - Kulahea and Lady Lawley Cottage - have been listed in the State Government’s Register of Heritage Places.

    Kulahea, in Forrest Street, has been interim listed and Lady Lawley Cottage, in Gibney Street, has been permanently listed.

    Environment and Heritage Minister Judy Edwards said the registrations recognised the historical and social qualities associated with the sites.

    In the case of Lady Lawley Cottage, Dr Edwards said registration would provide permanent protection and recognition.

    “Kulahea is a two-storey, roughcast rendered brick and tile house in the Inter-War Old English style and is the only known surviving private house designed by the prominent Western Australian architect George Temple Poole,” the Minister said.

    “The place has remained largely unaltered since its construction in 1922 and still contains most of its original fittings and built-in furniture. It has historic value for its association with the development of Cottesloe as a prestigious suburb and beachside location.

    “The place was the home of the prominent solicitor and local and State politician Charles Frederic North MLA.

    “It is one of a number of substantial residential buildings constructed in Cottesloe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that contribute to the historic character of the area today.”

    Dr Edwards said Lady Lawley Cottage was significant in the development of institutional care for young and disabled people, having been specifically built for the purpose in 1903 and continually used throughout most of the 20th century.

    “The place was constructed at the suggestion of Lady Annie Allen Lawley, wife of the Governor of Western Australia from 1901-1902, Sir Arthur Lawley, and named in recognition of her assistance to various charitable movements in WA,” the Minister said.

    “It was used as a convalescent home for women personnel from the Australian Women’s Land Army and the merchant navy during World War Two.

    “It is one of a suite of convalescence facilities established by philanthropists in Cottesloe, in close proximity to the ocean due to the perceived health benefits of such a location.

    “Lady Lawley Cottage is also associated with the Australian Red Cross Society, which has managed it since 1944.

    “The place is important for the many children who have received care through its facilities, for their families and carers and for the staff and community volunteers who have been involved with the place.”

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