Moments from Peppermint Grove’s past

Published: Tuesday, 16 October 2018 at 8:54:00 AM

Originally Manners Hill Park formed part of the larger Keane (Edward Keane) property and was used to pasture animals. The land was purchased by the government in 1899 prior to Keane’s death.

It was a popular camping spot before becoming the home for golf in Peppermint Grove. In 1902 the newly established Cottesloe Grove Golf Club opened a six-hole course on the then state managed reserve. The course was particularly popular with women, who had recently been introduced to the sport.

Just one year later Talbot Hobbs was commissioned to build a pavilion adjacent to the golf course for use by the general public and in 1934 the land was vested in the Peppermint Grove Road Board for Parks and Recreation and managed at a local level.

The Road Board then spent signifi cant funds on the land and named it Manners Hill Park after J. Manners Hill who was fi rst elected to the Road Board in 1916 and later became its chairman. He held this position for 24 years.

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