Bassendean: Iconic red pillar box included in State Heritage Register

The post box in Bassendean.
The post box in Bassendean.

A 142-YEAR-OLD red pillar post box in Bassendean has been added to the State Register of Heritage Places, after it was under-threat of demolition in the past.

The box which was similar to the hexagonal Penfold design found in Great Britain in the 1850s was constructed in 1876 and is located on the corner of Surrey Street and North Road in Bassendean.

This design was standard issue in WA up until the Commonwealth took control of the postal system following Federation in 1901.

It is the only cast iron pillar-type post box left in Bassendean and one of only a few left in the state.

Heritage Minister David Templeman announced the inclusion along with three other boxes, including those in Kalgoorlie and Busselton today.

“For more than 120 years these post boxes have served residents, businesses and visitors within their communities, connecting them to thousands of people throughout the State, and indeed, the world,” Mr Templeman said.

Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly said the Bassendean box was a much-loved community icon and paid homage to heritage in the area.

“The community saved it from demolition in the past and I’m pleased the McGowan Labor Government will now protect it for many more years to come through this heritage listing,” he said.

Bassendean resident Gerry Coleman, who had waited for the box to be included since the State Heritage Office started assessing it in 2015, said he was surprised it took more than three years.

“Even though Australia Post have attempted to remove this piece of unique history on two occasions, it surprises me greatly that our local council didn’t see fit to have it put on the State Heritage Register to protect it forever,” he said.

“Here in Bassendean we have many buildings and items on the State Heritage Register but disappointingly our local authorities do not promote to potential tourists.”