The History of Claisebrook: Silk Worms, Mulberries and an Abattoir


Walking along the boardwalk at Claisebrook Cove in East Perth today, it may seem unlikely that this area was once the city's main industrial area.  Even more unlikely, that it was the scene of a short lived and rather unusual experiment in agriculture – silkworm farming.

Claisebrook had originally been set aside as the town's abattoir, but this use soon lapsed.  Instead, it became to be regarded as a potential site for a botanic garden, or agricultural nursery, something which it shared with nearby Third Swamp (now Hyde Park) and a number of other sites.  

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Heritage Places

Heritage Places of Interest in Perth, Western Australia

Visit historical buildings located in the Perth CBD and surrounding areas to learn more about the history of Western Australia. Some of these heritage properties including Tranby House in Maylands and The Old Mill in South Perth are administered by the National Trust of Australia.

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The Perth Mint

Step inside The Perth Mint to relive the heyday of the Gold Rush fever of the 1890s when it was a hub of activity. Telltale signs of its factory days are featured in its interesting townscape of chimneys and roofs.

Today, the Perth Mint has some interesting activities on offer to suit a range of tastes and is a great way to spend a couple of hours.

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The Old Mill

If you are taking a day trip to South Perth, The Old Mill is worthwhile visiting for its historical interest. The easiest and most pleasant way to get to The Old Mill is to catch a ferry from Barrack Street Jetty in Perth to Mend Street Jetty in South Perth. From Mend Street Jetty, it should take a 10 to 15 minute leisurely walk to reach The Old Mill. The Old Mill and the adjoining Miller's cottage are located in a quiet spot between the Kwinana Freeway and the Swan River.

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Tranby House

The Tranby House is located in a tranquil spot on the banks of the Maylands foreshore overlooking the picturesque Swan River. It is managed by the National Trust of Australia and is open daily except on Mondays.

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