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I have just read your Bio and backstory on William Francis Guppy and am very impressed. Prior to commencing my family research my knowledge of the roots of the Guppy family from a historical perspective was minimal. Discovering the Guppy's Mill history, on your website, has been aa absolute revelation, to the point where I am now communicating with a 3rd cousin in Perth. Tammy has been extremely helpful and together we have made some great discoveries of our joint ancestors. I enjoy your website and thank you.
for the fantastic upgrade on the Whim! I was waiting for
this data for a long time!
I'm still working on the whim. A while ago I mounted a steam whistle. Now a real working steam "boiler feed water pump" is coming up soon. When this is mounted I will make a nice video again, and photos of course. One thing is certain, my whim will always stay with me, it is now my favorite logging machine!
LOEK PROPER, The Hague, Netherlands, Europe
Well you have a great story there about the steam powered whim - Dad and myself were very surprised how
well it has come together.
Thank you for your fantastic update of the steam powered whim partition of your website
. . . it is all very interesting reading and the photographs are great.
excelled yourself. Magnificent
story and photographs of the steam powered whim. Your blood’s
worth bottling! I hope there’s a
folder or file somewhere that stores all this stuff you put together, safely, so
that it’s not just on the web. It’s a fantastic resource for
Established in 1994, the Pickering Brook Heritage Group was formed by a group of passionate local residents dedicated to the preservation of the region's history. From this grass roots beginning, the group has gone on to achieve significent milestones in researching, preserving, interpreting and displaying local history. The most noteworthy being the development of the Pickering Brook Heritage Group's website that has allowed the group to extend their reach worldwide. The judges were impressed by the interactive nature of the website which allows members of the public to research their own family history.
A great result - congratulations to all concerned. And a big thank you to all the time and effort you have put into not only the website but in furtherance of the Heritage Group as a whole..
DIANE BUCKLEY, Byford, Western Australia
CONGRATULATIONS – very well deserved
FRANCESCA FLYNN, Perth Observatory, Bickley, Western Australia
Brilliant news! And so well-deserved. Your Group
continues to do wonderful work which benefits many many people! And I have
recently been one of them once again. Very best wishes.
Congratulations to you all. An
award well deserved.
Congratulations, good show, very pleased. Thank you Gordon, Wonderful.
JOAN DELLA FRANCA, Pickering Brook, Western Austraila
That is fantastic, congratulations to everyone.
Congratulations! I read some results in this morning’s
paper, but no mention of Pickering Brook. My disappointment turned to elation
with your email. Don’t celebrate too much! Again, congratulations and many pats on the back, and
don’t cash in the gold medallion for the whim of fundraising!
Gordon What a GREAT result. Your contribution ... outstanding and I
thank you for that always.
Congratulations to Gordon and the team. Fantastic News
and a real inspiration to us all.
Congratulations Gordon and everyone involved in your
heritage group. You thoroughly deserve this and more for the work that you
Well deserved and well done.
Congratulations to you and your group, a worthy reward in recognition of 25 years of hard work.
BETTY MARSH, Event Co-ordinator, Kalamunda & Districts Historical Society, Kalamunda, Western Australia
Congratulations to you all! Keep up the remarkable work.
ROMA SPICCIA, Pickering Brook, Western Australia
Congratulations Gordon and members on a wonderful outcome, this award is well deserved and the promotion of Pickering Brook’s Heritage will grow with much pride.
LE GREGORY, Gosnells, Western Australia
Congratulations Gordon and all the team!
This is fabulous! What an achievement. It’s so great to know that the history of the Pickering Brook area is being preserved. My father grew up there and has wonderful memories of his childhood. My husband and I have visited Pickering Brook from the UK and have been made so welcome by the local community. So much so that I now feel a real connection to the area and my father’s past which is truly wonderful. Thanks so much. With best wishes to you all.
CLAIRE PALMER, Bexhill-On-Sea, East Sussex, United Kingdm (Family formerly from Carmel)
Gordon and Pickering Brook folk. A well-earned award.
Congratulations Gordon and Members , a well deserved
Congratulations on the award, Webmaster! Hans would be so proud of your skills (and so am I) Is it only 25 years since you were first talking about this work and the small politics and local scandals and feuds that you were running into? Well done.
CAROLINE SCHMAH, Canada
Well done and hearty congratulations -
very well deserved
Congratulations Gordon to you and everyone at Pickering Brook Heritage Group and good luck for the finals ߘ Glad to see the Perth Hills being cemented on the map!
FRANCESCA FLYNN, Perth Observatory, Bickley, Western Australia
Fantastic news. You deserve
Congratulations! And good luck! I know how hard you have worked on that web site and I remember a lot of small politics around the entering of these contests. I think the one you are vying for is definitely the one you should win having stirred so many folk into sharing and even beginning to discover their family history and how it contributes to the Pickering Brook area. Good on ya!
CAROLINE SCHMAH, Canada
That is great news, a worthy finalist you have all put so
much into the group. please pass my Congratulations on to all the
Gordon, Congratulations ! –
we will keep our fingers crossed for the 29th
BRIAN & LEE EVANS, Palmyra, Western Australia
Hello Gordon What a wonderful result for all the work done by yourself and your helpers! Congratulations and good luck for a win to recognise that work. DIANE BUCKLEY, Byford, Western Australia
Congratulations to your group, you must be very proud.
SALLY KENTON, Padbury, Western Australia
Well deserved, good luck.
VIC FERNIE, Queensland
Great news. You deserve to be a finalist.
Very impressive logo to add to your page. Congratulations to the Group, and to you, and best of luck in the finals. Thanks for ringing, Gordon, and for the info re the book. I look forward to the launch, and will definitely be ordering copies. Best wishes for continuing success. You are a star, and the website has introduced so many people to the history and heritage of our much loved Pickering Brook. Without you, this would not have happened.
HELEN SKEHAN (nee Owen), Rossmoyne, Western AUstralia
Good luck Gordon. You all deserve it. Cheers
What great news Gordon
Pass my congratulations onto the team.
I will be happy to put this into my next
courier - so make sure you get some photos.
Very well done. Go Pickering Brook !!
on another excellent year, Gordon. The site continues to amaze me with its
content and easy navigability.
I have just read the wonderful story of Mason & Bird on your web pages. Very enjoyable. My grandfather, Walter George Trew worked for them. I was raised in the Canning Shire, and often visited Mason's Landing, but never knew then the importance of the place to our timber industry. Thank you once again for a very enjoyable read.
Wow! The photos are fabulous. Thank you so very much.
I read your narrative of my great grandfather, John Rush Padgett with great
interest. As family members, we all knew the story, but there were still aspects
I hadn't heard before which was marvellous. Congratulations
on your wonderful website.
What a marvellous web site you have. Really interesting.
I continue to
enjoy the Pickering Brook website and can always find something interesting to
read in the updates. Thank you. Best wishes.
May you find some more wonderful information and photos as you
My name is Claire Palmer and I was given your email address by Mac Beard. My
husband Giles and I live in the U.K. My father Tony Palmer used to live in
Carmel in the early 1950s as a young boy. He knew Mac and Pam Beard back in those days
along with all the other locals in area. I spoke to Mac on the telephone
recently and he kindly sent us some Pickering Brook Heritage Group calendars and
also some photos of my father's old house in Carmel Road, the old school house
and the old post office. I think you may have been instrumental in producing the
I want to thank you for such an interesting and informative website. I have a
family interest in Canning Mills as during the 1890s as my gt-grandfather James
Dimond worked there as a carpenter and one son born there. The map of Canning
Mills and the photographic history has helped me filling out my family
I was delighted to read your tribute to
Rudolph (Bobbie) Selk, as he has been a folk hero in our family for as long as I
can remember. Our paternal grandfather, Fred Grosvenor, was a friend
and workmate of Bobbie Selk. Granddad died in 1930, before any of his
grandchildren were born, so anything I relate will be second- or third hand.
They both worked for the PMG, probably in Fremantle, and folk lore has it that it
was Granddad's responsibility to get Bobbie to important games of cricket on
time & in a fit state, as he could be unreliable in that
area. Our Dad, Neil Rudolph Grosvenor, second son b.1907, was
named for Bobbie Selk, while the second-born Selk was named
Grosvenor. Dad died in 1960, and a number of years later, Mum met
Grosvenor Selk in his role as Friend of Kings Park, when he showed a group
around the garden area. I can't remember Mum mentioning the connection with
Pickering Brook, but maybe their conversation didn't go in that direction. As
you might remember, Mum taught at Pickering Brook, as Cathie Lugg, in
1932/33. I continue to be amazed at the connections that occur
in the history of our vast State.
On behalf of Jill Brookes, of the Dardanup Heritage Park, we request the use of the information on your site of the Steam Whims and associated printed works.
If you granted the use of such material, Jill would display it in the Sawmill Facility area we have at the Park, and would also give acknowledgement to your group for the use and research of such work. We find your research outstanding, and it would enhance our display considerably if you give your permission.
PETER GRIFFIN, Bunbury, Western Australia
I recently discovered your website and have found it a fascinating read. Having
lived in Kalamunda now for twenty years, getting out in the bush on bike and
foot has become my passion. I thought I knew everywhere there was to know and
had been there too. Barton's Mill Prison was news to me. I visited it last week.
Such a shame that it has been reduced to nothing more than foundations.
What a great website you have created. I find myself on there reading for hours getting to know all about your area and all those wonderful people.
Congratulations Gordon and the Pickering Brook team. Nine years of commitment to the website is testimony to the dedication of the Heritage Group to sharing and collecting the district's history. The comments demonstrate just how far away responses are coming from for your website.
Hello, I have just found you interesting site and I believe that I have found a missing family member that we ( my brother & me ) have been searching for .
Can I ask if you have any record of the burial place of Annie Maria Strutt wife of George Strutt Horse Driver who died 19 May 1896.
We have not been able to find where she was buried.
GRAEME STODDART, Melville, Western Australia
I have just discovered your site in the process of researching for a book I
am writing about my great great Grandmother and I have been truly impressed by
the amazing photos and the amount of detail recorded.
I was checking out your website regarding the history of Carmel Primary School and came across a 1933 photo, which I've got to say gave me goose bumps, as there was a photo that included my mum and her two sisters. So I thought I would help you out with three names to add to the photo. They are: Norah Mitchell, Winifred (Win) Mitchell and Doreen Mitchell
Finding your website has brought back some wonderful
childhood memories for me of my time growing up in Pickering Brook. Your
material on the school, the general store (where I lived), and in particular
Tommy Roads, are of great interest. Tommy was our nearest neighbour and I spent
many, many hours sitting on his back verandah listening to his stories of his
time in the district. He was a true character. Keep up the great
On researching my family history I came across your
website with an excellent article on Alf Russell, Kate (Kitty) (nee Gibson) and
Pip. Kate was my Grandfather's sister, so my father, John (Jack) Gibson, was
Kate's nephew and Pip's cousin. As contact was lost it was lovely to come
across the article and read about Kitty and I only wish I could read her diaries
now. The article had some great information in it on their lives, filled in a
few gaps and had some lovely photos, not seen by my family before, so fantastic
to see. If there is any other information regarding the family I would
appreciate being contacted. Congratulations on a lovely informative website on
Pickering Brook, a lovely place and definitely now on my list to visit. Keep up
the good work.
We really appreciate the effort you and your crew have put
in. I do hope you can add the photo of Carmel School taken about 1929/30, to your historical collection for others to
view for interest or research.
What a wonderful site I have stumbled upon – congratulations
on all the hard work that has been done.
While researching my wife's family tree on Ancestry, I found your very
impressive article on Kate Gibson and Alf Russell.
I have been looking at your fabulous website about the history of Pickering Brook. You definitely have a wealth of historical knowledge about Pickering Brook.
I teach at Kalamunda Christian School teaching year 2's.
RACHEL PENDAL, LESMURDIE, Western Australia
I am currently writing a book to be published by UWA Press on
the history of the land and landscape in south west WA. This includes a chapter
on forests and I have been looking at your excellent website and especially at
the section on steam whims that includes some wonderful photos by Phil Wyndham.
I would very much like to include photo number 14 in the book, with due
acknowledgement of course. Congratulations on a very informative and interestingly
Glad to see the Pickering Brook Heritage Group is continuing strong. Your internet site is marvellous in it's comprehensiveness and I think the calendars are splendid.
I recently lost my mum, Carmela Longo (nee Radice), and have been looking
through this website to gain more info about the Pickering Brook area, where my
Mum grew up. I was particularly interested in Mum's time packing in the
apple sheds around Pickering Brook/ Carmel. I remember mum saying they had a
competition to see who packed the most or best. Also Mum was involved in some
sort of Miss 'apple queen ' or something similar. We are a bit unsure of this
and was hoping to find someone who could tell us more.
Very impressed with the Pickering Brook Heritage Groups web site which will
warrant much more delving and re-reading. I discovered the site when
researching wild flowers found in the area.
I have just spent far too much time reading through your
updates! Congratulations to the students from Pickering Brook School for the
excellent quality of their photographs and for the interesting images &
comments. I sent the latest newsletter details through to my friend, Dulcie Hale (we were
at school together), and had a phone call from her, saying she had spent a couple
of hours enjoying its contents. Dulcie & her husband Bob were at the school
for a time, but she also has a connection with Bartons Mill, where an aunt was
the teacher in the 1930s. Small world, isn't it!
Your website is brilliant and I enjoy looking through the old pictures, thanks to all who work on it.
I am related to the
Fernie's in Pickering Brook, my maiden name was Susan Fernie, my father John
Fernie, his father Leslie Alexander who was the eldest child of Alexander Edward
You guys and your committee are to be congratulated on all the hard work
and rewarding results you have contributed to the Pickering Brook Heritage
Again, I am gob smacked!!! I look forward to your updates. It is great that more and more people are finding your website. Again, it has been a great interest to me. Regarding the cricket team photo. Even though it was from an extremely old negative. I was intrigued see the photo of my dad "Pommie'' William White. It was nice to see that he played a sport, Another hobby of my mum and dad was playing cards. Bridge and Rummy was a term that I remember well. Sometimes they used to take us to a couple of places, but more often that not these nights were at our house, I guess because of us kids. I remember going to a Mr. King's house and I think one or two of the single men joined these nights.
I would like to compliment your group for the fantastic website you have put together on the history of Pickering Brook area. It’s a pity that Kalamunda hasn’t done something similar. I’m 71 and have a long history relating to Guildford (since 1830), Midland, Kalamunda, Carmel and Pickering Brook and just love reading all of your stories. I noticed a mention in your website of my grand parent Alex Mitchell who lived in Union Rd, Carmel…also Alan Mitchell ran the Telephone Exchange at Carmel (opposite Carmel School…approx 1950),similar to the Switch Board you have on your website. My Mother (Norah Jones nee Mitchell) went to Carmel School in around 1929. Dad (Walter Jones from Kalamunda), lived in Pickering Brook for a while and his father (Alfred De Courcy Jones) was a Stationery Engine Driver at Smailes' Mill. So all of your stories brings a lot back to me. Keep up the good work.
I’ve just viewed all your hard work on the history of my grandfather, Archie Anderson - well done - it’s a tremendous result! Once again, many thanks for your great efforts.
Web feedback - in a word HONEST told me who you are, what were your
aspirations, how to contact!
Graphics / Pix / Colour / nice Type face - looked like someone cared!
I am a descendant of Ernest and Annie Camp mentioned in your
page on George and Ernest Holroyd’s.
I just wanted to congratulate the group on such an
interesting website with so much local history.
I am researching my family history and have found your website. Mrs. Kate Weyman was my Dad's Aunt and he was always interested to know whatever happened to her and just guessed at her lifestyle but wasn't able, while he was alive, to find out anything. I've managed to find the most I can from your excellent site and from sending to W.A. for marriage and death certificates. I'm also aware that Fred Weyman signed his marriage certificate with a cross, so wonder whether that was why not much news was written home to the U.K.
What a marvellous story you have put together, regarding the 'Emu Wars'. It is really entertaining reading, and the photos have been enhanced in amazing detail. Congratulations!
I just wanted to write and say thank you for your wonderful write up on the history of the Karragullen School. My grandfather, Cecil Johnston was the teacher there in the late 1920's and it was fantastic to read all of the stories about him, especially since he passed away before I was born so I never had a chance to meet him. My mother (his daughter) who was born after his time teaching in Karragullen had no idea that he had once travelled to New Zealand or that he was interested in sports so it was somewhat of a revelation to her! She thinks I must get my love of books and my math skills from him.
The website continues to grow, thanks to the seemingly tireless work you do.
Congratulations on your magnificent effort.
Thank you Gordon, I was thrilled to see the website, and quickly looked to see if anything (especially photos) was collated for my era. No I am sorry I don’t have anything to contribute, but very happy to pay a membership to encourage your great efforts. Was very interesting to read. I thank you and everyone involved for your efforts.
As part of finding cheap things for the kids to do on holidays, we went for a visit at the old Canning Mills townsite and investigated around where we think the Forrest Inn and railway was situated. We are guessing that it was behind the low stone wall on Canning road.
The kids were delighted to find remanents of the convict cobblestones of which there is quite fair bit left similar to that found off Canning Mills road.
We had hours of entertainment digging around the old rubbish piles and retrieving bits of old broken china and glass and guessing where the houses and railway might have been..
Made all the more magical by the info we found on your webpage. The kids imaginations ran wild with the stories they made up about each bit of china and glass from being the "good china for the rich people in the hotel" to this bit of glass being from the "icky old fashion medine bottles"
Thank you so much for such a great web page and resource. You have helped cultivate a new generation of history buffs!
DENISE HARDY & FAMILY, Roleystone, Western Australia
on the great work that is on display.
I must commend you all for creating such a wonderful website,
fabulous. Just happened to stumble across it when researching my uncles
time in the
name is Lisa Gilbert and my Grandmother was Ruby Catherine Mason, married to
Lawrence Albert Mason.
All the very best.
TONY URSICH, Zurich, Switzerland.
I would just like to say I have enjoyed reading the history
of Carmel school which is on your web site. I attended there with my sister in the 1960’s.
Thank you for your splendid work in adding the Mason Family segment to the Website. It is gratifying to see it in print.
Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou. My husband is Edward Vivian Harvey Keane and Lilla Rebecca Wharton Whites
Great Grandson, and we had NO photos of them at all, and now thanks to you and all
of your work, we do!!!!! My husband saw photos of his Grandfather for the 1st time today because of you
guys... So a big thanks from me!
That website of yours is receiving rave reviews among heritage enthusiasts. Ironically the website emanates comes from one of the
Oh gosh, just
when I thought you couldn't make your pickeringbrook web sight any better, you
go and blow my mind with your endless talents yet again. I hope you are all extremely proud of your
achievements, because people like myself appreciate it immensely.
I’ve been visiting your web site and it really is a gem, full
of fascinating information and photos. Congratulations!!
Without doubt one of best websites for showing the
history of Pickering Brook School ~ Other websites don't even compare to yours
~ As I am researching my family history of Orange Grove and Orange Grove Primary
School ~ I am finding it extremely difficult to find any past school photo's ~
to date I have all but three!!
Judy P sent us a 2011 heritage calendar, the committee need to
be congratulated on the effort put into it and the Website. I think its great. What now for 2012?
I came across your site while looking for a picture of something old (can’t remember now what it was). Anyway, I was impressed by the site and made a note to come back and read it in more detail.
I am always on your website and think you have done a great job with all the history. It is so interesting.
I have recently viewed the Pickering Brook Heritage Website and note the photo of the pipe band. Unfortunately the band is wrongly named. The Kalamunda Pipe Band was not in existence in 1958. The band in the photo is the 16th Battalion Cameron Highland Pipe Band of which I was a member at the time. May I congratulate your group on your endeavours to record the history. I hope I have not offended anyone by pointing out this little discrepancy. (Not at all, we appreciate your input to make the details correct. Thank you).
I love the Website, you have done a fantastic job.
I am writing to congratulate the Pickering Brook Heritage Group for the great Website and the valuable work being undertaken in preserving the local history for current and future generations.
I am thoroughly enjoying reading and learning more about the area in which I grew up. Happy memories have flooded back and I look forward to reading more. Thank you. Your Website is a wonderful way to bring together records and memories to share with people now and in the future.
The Pickering Brook Heritage Group have compiled this fabulous Website, rich in stories, facts and photos of the area. In the "schools section" many locals have already looked themselves up and viewed older relatives when they were school aged. Even for readers who were not from this area, viewing the old photos with names from the past reveals the families many of our landmarks are named after.
Congratulations on a great Website.
I have been looking at your excellent Website and I'm most impressed with it, especially the Railways page.
You should be very proud of yourselves.
Congratulations and thank you for your group's excellent work in making the rich history of your area so accessible to the public through your website.
I was gobsmacked when I opened your site just a few minutes ago. All I can say is Wow!!!!!!! You have done a fantastic job. I had to ring my son Brett as he was the one that put all the photos on to the disk. He was so pleased to see the School Reports back in colour. He was thrilled for me to have contributed to the site. He said that it was wonderful that my parents featured on the Internet. They would have had no concept of the technology that was to come. My Dad never ever used a telephone. I will now have to send a link to my relatives in Western Australia. I am going to have a second look at it before I go to bed. Accolades by the million.
I had a chance to look at the Website a couple of days ago, and didn't have any problem whatsoever with the pictures taking time to load up to the page. You certainly have done a truly wonderful job. I did enjoy it very much. I have spoken to my mother about getting my Aunty Peg to look at your Website so it will give her the idea she needs to present the Holroyd picture etc. My Mother spent last night reading your Website, and rang today to say how much she enjoyed it also.
Thank you for your telephone calls. I did my memoirs some years ago on the computer, and at that time I searched the net for any information. The only thing
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