Cottesloe - A Town of Distinction

The long anticipated production by Ruth Marchant James on the history of Cottesloe was officially released Sunday, 30 September, 2007 to mark the Town of Cottesloe's centenary celebrations of municipal governance.

Available from the Council Offices, 109 Broome Street, Cottesloe:

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RRP (incl GST)

Soft Bound $55.00

Case Bound $120.00


Cottesloe – A Town of Distinction spans the history of Cottesloe and adjacent suburbs from the first inhabitants to the 17th and 19th century visits of the Dutch and French explorers and the area’s progress up until the commencement of the 21st century. The work reflects on the part played by people of all classes in establishing a highly-regarded residential suburb and covers their contribution to trade, commerce, civic affairs and involvement in the foundation of schools, churches, charitable institutions, sporting and cultural activities.

The development of a popular beachfront, familiar to all West Australians, is highlighted from the public opening of the Cottesloe pier in 1908, through various eras covering two World Wars, the carefree twenties, a world-wide depression and 20th century changes.

The book describes the impact made by the 1890s gold boom on the burgeoning township and the backgrounds of the magnificent residences built by the affluent, as well as holiday and workers’ cottages, boarding houses and local businesses associated with the average citizen.

Published to coincide with the Town of Cottesloe’s Centenary celebrations to mark its change of status from Roads Board to Municipality in September 1907, the publication should be of interest to all who have lived in, visited or who have recently taken up residence in this historically significant coastal town.

Any queries or phone orders can be directed to the Executive Assistant, Lydia Giles on 9285 5012.