Take a trip down memory lane and visit the restored tram at Windsor Park.
The B class tram was built in 1899 and ran between Perth and South Perth from 1922 to 1950.
It has been relocated to Windsor Park, close to the original tram line, in acknowledgement of the role that the trams played in the development of South Perth. It provides a glimpse of life that was once commonplace. The area encompasses a unique and rare group of civic and social heritage buildings including Heritage House, the post office, the former police station and the Old Mill Theatre.
The tram was found in a Kelmscott backyard and transported to Whiteman Park before being lovingly restored by volunteers from Perth Electric Tramways Society.
Many of the volunteers had travelled on the tram when it was in service.
South Perth Historical Society president Lynn O’Hara said people were excited to see the ferry tram arrive.
“Restoration of the tram has been faithfully executed, the roof was in good condition, but other sections had deteriorated and many wooden parts had to be replaced.
“The tram has been rebuilt to showcase this remarkable vehicle and complements the heritage buildings of the precinct beside Windsor Park,” Ms O’Hara said.
City of South Perth Mayor Greg Milner said the project is a collaboration between the City, the City of South Perth Historical Society and Perth Electric Tramways Society Inc.
“The City is passionate about conserving our local history, which has a long and interesting past. The tram will provide a glimpse of life that was once commonplace in the area,” Mayor Milner said.
The facility is now open to the public. For more information on the local history of South Perth visit southperth.wa.gov.au/localhistory or the South Perth Historical Society via their website southperthhistoricalsociety.org.