Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Falling down

This is the old 'Bourne and Inglis' store, not far from where I am living. It has a great view of Roebuck Bay.

This ruin is also heritage listed, much to the annoyance of the council and land developers Rachel assumes. It is a prime bit of real estate, and she thinks they are just letting it decay and fall down so they can build luxury apartments on it.

It's doing pretty well considering it was built in 1903. It is heritage listed for some of the following reasons:
  • "the place is the only surviving commercial premises located at the southern end of Hamersley Street (known as Railway Terrace in the early 1900s due to the tram that went down that road) which represents the development of Broome as a segregated town with wealthy pearlers and Europeans at one end and Chinatown at the other"
  • "the place is a very rare example of an iron framed building constructed in Broome in the period circa 1900 when steel and iron structural elements were commonly imported from England"
In an old picture of it, it has big signs out the front advertising 'Swan Beer'. I wonder if it sold anything else...


Ross McPhee said...

Broome looks interesting. Have you read Tim Winton's novel, Cloud Street, which is set there?

UltraViolet said...

I didn't realise that was set here. I'll check it out,thanks