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Freshwater Bay Boatsheds, Peppermint Grove (1905, c.1913)

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Freshwater Bay Boatsheds is the only cluster of privately owned boatsheds remaining on the Swan River. It includes three boatsheds and two jetties set against a back drop of the idyllic Freshwater Bay.

The boatsheds were built in the early 20th century for a number of prominent public figures and are still used today to moor private boats. They are important as a tangible reminder of a time when boating became a popular recreational activity, especially amongst some of our most prominent citizens. While some boatsheds still exist at other locations on the Swan River, many have been modified and adapted to other uses.

The boatsheds were constructed between 1905 and 1913, an important time in the early development of Peppermint Grove.

Augustus Roe and Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs shared one boatshed, the second boatshed was built for Richard Septimus Burt, and the third for William Grant Forrest.  The boatsheds provide a glimpse into the private lives of this prominent group, which includes pioneers, soldiers, architects, politicians and lawyers, who played an integral part in the development of Western Australia.

The Roe and Hobbs Boatshed is still part-owned and used by descendants of the Hobbs family. Today, these simple wooden structures are prominent landmarks on the Swan River and add to the river’s beautiful picturesque setting.

Read more about the Freshwater Bay Boatsheds by downloading the Register Entry and Assessment Documentation.
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