History and Heritage
HISTORY & HERITAGE
Whiteman Park is a unique recreation and conservation reserve that covers nearly 4,000 hectares of natural bushland and leisure facilities in Perth’s northern suburbs.
The History of Whiteman Park
The Park takes its name from Mr Lew Whiteman (1903-1994) who bought land in the area in 1939 for the purpose of grazing cattle, before developing the popular picnic spot of Mussel Pool in the 1960s.
From 1977 to 1990, land was purchased by the state government with the understanding that it be owned and used by the community in perpetuity.
The Park was officially opened in 1986 and named in recognition of Mr Whiteman.
Areas west of Beechboro Road and along the Bennett Brook south to the Swan River came under Whiteman Park management in 1999 and 2001. In 2007, these areas were formally added to the Park, increasing the total area to 3811ha.
Whiteman Park is reserved for parks and recreation in the Metropolitan Region Scheme, creating a space for the community whilst also protecting a major underground drinking water source, the Gnangara Water Mound, which supplies a large proportion of Perth’s drinking water.
Transport heritage is strong at Whiteman Park. Nowhere else in Australia is there an opportunity to experience such a wide range of transport heritage in one place.
Whiteman Park's transport heritage theme dates back to the 1960s, when Lew Whiteman assembled a collection of wagons and machinery on the land he then owned around Mussel Pool.
There are now five independent community groups based at Whiteman Park; each hold significant transport heritage collections and provide rides and displays for visitors.
These groups are the Motor Museum of WA, Tractor Museum of WA, Bus Preservation Society of WA, Western Australian Light Railway Preservation Association (operating Bennett Brook Railway) and the Perth Electric Tramway Society (operating the Whiteman Park Heritage Tramway).
Revolutions, Whiteman Park’s transport heritage centre, is the storytelling hub that aims to transform the way we think about transport and how it shapes our lives and our neighbourhoods. It brings all the modes of land transport together into one place and is also the home of the Whiteman Collection. Make Revolutions your first stop on the Transport Heritage Trail.
Learn more about Revolutions