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Spearwood (post 1900)

Spearwood (post 1900)

In July 1914 Spearwood Primary School was built on Rockingham Road at the current location of Spearwood Alternative Primary School. The first teacher was Mr Hatfield with 15 boys and 14 girls as students.

After World War I there was considerable Southern European settlement notably with Yugoslavs from the Dalmatian coast and Italian immigrants. By the 1920s all the agricultural land in Spearwood was subdivided. Fruit, vegetables, grapes, poultry and quarries were the mainstays of the area.

Following World War II Spearwood was transformed from a rural district to a vibrant suburb of the Perth metropolitan area.

Community spirit has always been strong in the area and grew around the school, sporting groups and organisations such as the Spearwood Fruit Growers and Market Gardeners Association who donated the land, situated on the present Council offices and Spearwood Library, to the Cockburn Shire Council in 1963.

Be sure to check out part one of this two-part post: Spearwood (pre 1900)

Local history questions or anything to add? Please let us know by commenting below.

This article can also be seen on the Cockburn Libraries’ Local History blog and first appeared in the  June 2012 edition of Cockburn Soundings

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Leah works as the Reader Services Librarian at Spearwood Public Library, where she orders the books, and takes requests for anything you can't find in the library! She also researches and writes local history articles for the Cockburn Soundings, and for anyone who has a local history question. Comment below to ask Leah a question.

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