History ImagePeppermint Grove is one of the State’s most beautiful suburbs, known for its large character homes set in tranquil tree lined streets. The area embraces the Swan river and foreshore parks for recreation, and is serviced by a major shopping complex and an extensive range of retail and trade services.

Its long history goes back to 1835 when an innkeeper named John Butler was given a grant of land consisting of 250 acres along the north bank of the Swan River, the area now known as Peppermint Grove.

The land changed hands a number of times over the years, and in 1891, subdivision commenced when the land was purchased by a syndicate of George Leake, Charles Crossland and Alexander Forrest.

In its earlier days, Peppermint Grove was thickly wooded with tuarts, jarrahs, red gum, banksia, native pines, hollies and the beautiful peppermint trees which inspired its name. Brumbies roamed in the area, along with native cats, wallabies and an abundance of birds.

The subdivisions sold fast for between 7 and 12 pounds each (around $15 – $25) – an amount which is hard to comprehend today when vacant lots are selling for as much as $3,500 per square metre.

One of the earliest settlers was Edward Keane who later became Mayor of Perth. Another influential landowner was John Forrest, later to be Lord Forrest, Premier of Western Australia.

In 1895, after strong representations from residents, the area was gazetted a Road District, and the Peppermint Grove Road Board was established. Its main efforts were directed at providing essential roads and footpaths. The Road Board was the forerunner to the present Shire Council.

In those early days, the Premier of the day was at first reluctant to declare Peppermint Grove a Road District because of its small size, but the residents won through. Today, Peppermint Grove has the unique status of being the smallest municipality in Western Australia, covering just 1.5 square kilometres of land. From time to time, there have been calls for boundary change, but these have always been firmly rebuffed by residents.

The Shire has a population of over 1,600 a large proportion of which have established links with the Shire over many generations.

The Council today consists of seven Councillors, including a Shire President.

The Council recognises that a key objective of residents is to maintain the unique character of Peppermint Grove.

Many of the Council’s local planning policies, local planning scheme provisions, strategies and initiatives are specifically directed at maintaining, enhancing and encouraging a high level of amenity in terms of the unique character and identity of development, streetscapes, public open spaces and lifestyle qualities within the Shire of Peppermint Grove.