About this blog

This blog is about the history of the Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp and neighbouring areas, such as Pakenham, Cranbourne and Garfield, and any other historical subjects I feel like writing about. It's my own original research and writing and if you live in the area you may have read some of the stories before in the Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp Historical Society newsletter or the Koo-Wee-Rup township newsletter, The Blackfish, or the Garfield township newsletter, The Spectator.
Heather Arnold.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Koo-Wee-Rup in the 1940s

These photographs, from the Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp Historical Society collection , are from a series of post cards of Koo-Wee-Rup, most likely taken in the 1940s. If you are interested in  historical buildings in Koo-Wee-Rup then have  a look at Koo-Wee-Rup Then and Now: a walk through  local history.  I did the research and the text for the walk, the photographs are from the Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp Historical Society collection (apart from one) and I took the modern photographs. You can access it here on the Koo-Wee-Rup Bypass website.

 St George's Church of England. It opened in 1917, and due to declining numbers the last service at the Church was held in 2012.

St John the Baptist Catholic School, opened in 1936.

 The Main Drain or the Bunyip River, at Koo-Wee-Rup.

The Primary School at Koo-Wee-Rup. the original school was opened in 1884; it moved to this Rossiter Road location in 1910. This building was built in 1915 and burnt down in 1950. The Primary School relocated to Moody Street in 1960.

Above and below, two views of Rossiter Road. Scott's guest house was opened in 1934, the Alcove cafe next door was opened in 1933. The fire station is on the right - the Fire Brigade was established in November 1943 and a temporary fire station operated until the permanent building opened in 1947.

The Mills buildings (where the Radio shop is) were built about 1925.

Station Street, looking towards the Royal Hotel, which is the double storey building in the background. The E.S & A Bank was erected in 1912.

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