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Faces of Nedlands

The Faces of Nedlands project was conceived to bring to life the many people who have contributed to the community in Nedlands in various fields.This is a community focused project about people who make Nedlands a great place to live. Over 2015 - 2016, we will profile 12 faces - some familiar, some not so familiar.

Murray McHenry

Pubs and football – great community meeting places and tribal gatherings. Both create a sense of belonging to a place and a group of like-minded people.

Doug Arrowsmith - A Tireless Veteran

Doug Arrowsmith has spent a lifetime dedicated to serving his country and local community.

Blair Morgan - Your Local Grocer

Blair Morgan places bags of groceries into the boot of a woman’s car on a bright winter’s day. They’re on first-name terms and he chats awhile, asking after her family and pets. He takes the shopping trolley and tells her not to worry, he’ll wheel it back to the shop.

Bevan Lawrence - a sense of belonging through sport

He’s been a prominent barrister and lawyer and a City of Nedlands councillor, but it’s Bevan Lawrence’s contribution to the sport of hockey and to the local community that have occupied much of his spare time over many years.

Judy’s here to help

Judy Denton, Senior Customer Services Officer at the City of Nedlands, is often inundated with chocolates from appreciative residents.

Judy has worked at the City of Nedlands for almost 20 years and in that time has become the familiar face of the City for many people. In her time, she has seen people grow up, grow old, move out of Nedlands and move back again.

Dame Mary Durack – Gifted writer and patron of the arts

When Dame Mary Durack moved to Nedlands in 1939, her property on Bellevue Avenue, in what is now called Dalkeith, sat among the native trees and shrubs on the many vacant blocks in the area.

This bush setting suited her well, given her love of the Kimberley region of Western Australia, from which she drew inspiration.

Dame Mary Durack was a gifted writer and historian whose books have become Australian classics.

Trish Hewson - Urban bushland warrior

When Karrakatta Cemetery decided to build a crematorium on the bushland at Hollywood Reserve, Trish Hewson sprung into action.

With the community up in arms about the possible loss of the 6.41 hectare site, bounded by Karrakatta Cemetery, Smyth Rd, Karella St and Dalkeith Rd in Nedlands, Trish Hewson and her husband David mobilised the community, enlisting children of all ages to write letters and draw pictures to send to the state government, organising protests, and arranged to show the minister of the day around the bushland.

Paul Murray - Veteran journalist unafraid to take on the powerful, finds sense of community by walking the dog

Respected journalist Paul Murray barely knew his neighbours around Allen Park in Swanbourne for years, working long hours as he did as editor of The West Australian.
He was in and out his front gate, leaving early, returning late. He didn’t see his neighbours, they didn’t see him. Then he and his wife Grace got a dog named Oscar.
“It changed everything,” he said.
“It changed our appreciation of the area dramatically. It completely changed our way of life actually.”

Branching out with sustainability blossoms for Mt Claremont resident

Sustainability is a basic common sense way of living – it always has been and always will be. 

That’s the message from founding member and former Mayo Community Garden President Gail Stubber, also a member of the Nedlands Sustainable Committee.

She is a strong advocate for sustainable living and has been heavily involved with the Mayo Community Garden in Swanbourne over the past four years.