Kelmscott Migrant Camps History Group celebrate contribution of post WWII migrants to area


Committee members of the Kelmscott Migrant Camps History Group Adrian Choules, Kath Coulthard, Bob Noakes and Kim Fletcher Picture: Matt Jelonek d453357
Committee members of the Kelmscott Migrant Camps History Group Adrian Choules, Kath Coulthard, Bob Noakes and Kim Fletcher Picture: Matt Jelonek d453357

THE contribution post World War II migrants made to the Kelmscott district will be recognised with the official unveiling of a plaque by Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones this Saturday.

It has been placed at the site of one of two camps set up in Kelmscott in the early 1950s to accommodate displaced persons from post-WW II Europe.

The Kelmscott Migrant Camps History Group (KMCHG) and City of Armadale have organised the erection of the interpretive plaque.

KMCHG co-ordinator Adrian Choules said about 30 Nissen huts were erected on the site to house the families of men who were contracted to the Metropolitan Water Supply Department for two years.

They restored, extended and maintained the water supply services in the southern metropolitan area.

A small section of pipe that is still located on the site is all that remains of some workshops that were built, including a rumble machine, used to clean and restore pipes for recycling.

Mr Choules said ex-residents and their children would come from as far away as Bunbury and Southern Cross for the unveiling, set to start at 10am.

The reserve on Roberts Road is now leased to the Catholic Education Commission at the Good Shepherd School.