Bassendean’s heritage-listed post box to be refurbished

The temporary box on the corner of Surrey Street and North Road in Bassendean. Picture: Kristie Lim.
The temporary box on the corner of Surrey Street and North Road in Bassendean. Picture: Kristie Lim.

A TEMPORARY standard post box has been installed in place of the heritage-listed red pillar post box in Bassendean while the latter is being refurbished.

Australia Post removed the 143-year-old post box on the corner of Surrey Street and North Road and replaced it with the temporary box on May 6.

A customer notice sign has been placed on the box, which urges people to call 13 POST (7678) if they have queries.

The Town of Bassendean has informed that Australia Post expects the refurbishment works will take two weeks and for the box to return to the site on May 20.

The red pillar post box in Bassendean. Picture: Kristie Lim.

In July, the State Government announced the inclusion of the box onto 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.

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

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