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Old November 2nd, 2008, 12:42 PM   #61
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In 30 years though people will be sitting here calling for the ugly eyesore of 140william to be knocked down.

But I guess you can't stifle development for a few small old buildings though. That's the problem with this city, we were so small 100 years ago that not many worthy buildings could be retained in our CBD from this time period.
prolly in 40 years time they will call for it to be torn down and a bigger and better tower to take its place... but time will certainly tell
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Old November 2nd, 2008, 12:54 PM   #62
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they should have retained the king kong store and building, now that was pure perth class
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Old November 3rd, 2008, 02:50 PM   #63
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Old November 3rd, 2008, 03:58 PM   #64
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you'd think they would do something with the old perth cemetery. in that first photo it looks horrible.

i read an article on it recently and it's got some fairly important early settlers buried there. why doesn't it have a proper fence around it. and why wouldn't it be reticulated? cemeteries in many european cities are important tourist sites. i know perth's history is very limited. but come on... a bit of landscape is all it needs

edit: and when are the police going to move out of that old building oppossite? i was in there recently and it's a beautiful building. should become a hotel and all that extra land for vehicle inspections developed.
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Old November 3rd, 2008, 06:18 PM   #65
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Speaking of things that are old... it mad me sad the police monument in Highgate... it is tagged and vandalised.... such a shame
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Old November 3rd, 2008, 06:39 PM   #66
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Speaking of things that are old... it mad me sad the police monument in Highgate... it is tagged and vandalised.... such a shame
police monument? where's that?

you don't mean the sewerage vent with the police bicycle squard next door?
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Old November 4th, 2008, 03:21 AM   #67
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The state of that cemetery is disgraceful, it is a very important historic site for Perth.
As gotime said, all it needs is for the grass to be kept green, and a proper fence.

One of the things that I like about Perth, is that just when you think you know all of it's history, you come accross something new and fascinating.

Check out this link:

http://members.iinet.net.au/~perthdps/graves/intro.htm
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Old November 4th, 2008, 04:01 AM   #68
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gotime it is a very tall art deco cenotaph... it is very tired looking and tagged... sad.... you can always see it at Glory games
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Old November 4th, 2008, 04:24 AM   #69
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gotime it is a very tall art deco cenotaph... it is very tired looking and tagged... sad.... you can always see it at Glory games
yeah it's a sewerage vent:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Street_Vent
The Lincoln Street Ventilation Stack is a prominent landmark in Highgate, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia. Built by the Metropolitan Water Supply and Drainage Department in 1935 as a sewer vent, it is of brick construction rendered in Art Deco style and stands 38 metres (120 ft) tall, making it the second tallest sewer vent in Australia (after a 40 metres (130 ft) structure in Sydney).

The vent was intended to safely discharge acidic gas with the potential to damage Perth's sewer network and was hence built on top of Highgate Hill above a high point in the system. It proved unsuccessful, inadequately venting the sewer gas and - under certain weather conditions - dispersing what gas it vented over the surrounding houses and police station. It was sealed in 1941 after which it was referred to as "Dumas's Folly", after Chief Engineer of the Public Works Department, Russell Dumas.[1]

A similar vent was planned for the suburb of Subiaco, but was never constructed.

In 1941 the Police Wireless Service moved to the adjacent Highgate Police Station, and the vent tower was put into service as a radio antenna. The move and the tower's new function were kept secret - initially to protect against Japanese air raids during World War II - and weren't revealed until 1956. The vent continued in this role until 1975 and several antennas are still visible on top of the structure.

The Lincoln Street Vent is listed with the National Trust of Australia.
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Old November 4th, 2008, 04:29 AM   #70
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ahh i knew i had my facts slightly wrong, cheers mate
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Old November 4th, 2008, 04:31 AM   #71
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could say that it is old perth too if you look in the background!

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Old November 4th, 2008, 05:05 AM   #72
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It's a great structure. I was excited to see what was at the base of it. When I finally got around to finding out... Heh. Dissapointing.
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Old November 4th, 2008, 05:11 AM   #73
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i know and it is so run down and damaged...surely the heritage council would think of doing it up to make it look respectable...
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I have been looking for information on The Embassy Ballroom for a while now and finally have some more information on it.

I hav a feeling The Embassy Ballroom was actually part of the Capitol Theatre (maybe the left hand doors in the photo below). The Capitol was at 10 William Street which is currently where the carpark entrance to the Westfarmers Building is near the Esplanade.

The Capitol
A huge collection of programmes, posters, photos and other memorabilia told
the story of the Capitol Theatre from its opening through to its demolition in
1967. A special section was dedicated to Harry M Miller’s rock and roll
Big Shows in 1964 to 1965, including a salute to the Embassy Ballroom, which adjoined the Capitol.

http://www.perththeatretrust.com.au/...on%2007%20.pdf

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commandeered it for the war years. Next door was the Embassy Ballroom and
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I did a search on the Embassy Ballroom on google. It was used right up until 1982. It would host the occasional boxing bouts and was also used as a music venue. One link refers to the EB as the Temple Court (which was the building next to the Capitol theatre) on the corner of William St & The Esplanade.

So can we assume that the EB was demolished around '82 when Westfarmers building was built onto this site?

(P.S Not to be confused with the new Embassy Ballroom in Carlisle).
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Old November 8th, 2008, 03:23 PM   #75
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Pix spaceballed..meaning..unable to post direct from site. cbf copying.

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Old November 8th, 2008, 09:24 PM   #76
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I did a search on the Embassy Ballroom on google. It was used right up until 1982. It would host the occasional boxing bouts and was also used as a music venue. One link refers to the EB as the Temple Court (which was the building next to the Capitol theatre) on the corner of William St & The Esplanade.

So can we assume that the EB was demolished around '82 when Westfarmers building was built onto this site?

(P.S Not to be confused with the new Embassy Ballroom in Carlisle).
Well Capitol Theatre opened in 1904 and was demolished circa 1968. I am pretty sure Temple Court was also the name of the Embassy Ballroom prior to 1933. So I assumed it was demolished at the same time as the Embassy in 1968 but that seems to be wrong as shown by this 1973 picture (far left).



Here is the Temple Court Building from 1934. The entrance to the ball room upstairs is to the arched left doorway in the first picture?
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Old November 9th, 2008, 12:18 AM   #77
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I'm quite sure Temple Court/Embassy Ballroom was still standing in the early 80's and only demolished to make way for the Wesfarmers Building.
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Old November 11th, 2008, 03:58 AM   #78
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Reasonably old... 2003 is still old









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Old November 14th, 2008, 04:26 AM   #79
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Demolished multi-storey carpark on Stirling and James Streets Perth


Perth skyline from South Perth on a wintery day, 1991


Grand Theatre, Murray Street, Perth


Swan River viewed from 200 Adelaide Terrace office looking towards South Perth


Aerial photograph of Perth looking towards South Perth, 1989


Reclining Figure by Henry Moore in the Perth Cultural Centre


Myer store and Forrest Chase, Perth 1988-89



Centre of City Arcade, Perth, 1988


Palace Hotel, Perth 1988

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The pics of the Palace Hotel are much older than 1988. Try 1978 (at the very latest) as you can see AMP under construction in the first shot.
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