A TRIBUTE mural to tea room and confectioner owner Mrs S Harpon will serve as the “gateway” to Maylands, according to Studio 281 director Leo Flavel.
Mrs S Harpon ran businesses along the Whatley Crescent strip in the 1920s.
Street artist Daek Williams completed the historical mural at Mrs S Cafe in eight hours between June 2-3.
The City of Bayswater contributed $4000 to the project, which was supported by Studio 281 and Mrs S Cafe – marking the first collaboration between the three parties.
The artwork was developed in consultation with the State Heritage Council, as the building is listed on the Register of Heritage Places.
A kerbside area was also recently finished.
Mr Flavel said the mural marked the conclusion of the two-year Maylands Street Festival project where murals were painted throughout the suburb.
“Will’s (Daek Williams) quite an advocate for women in business, so it kind of made a lot of sense that would promote a woman in business and at that time, it would have been quite a huge thing,” he said.
“It is the first mural that anyone would see as they enter into Maylands.
“Even while it was getting painted, everyone was stopping to talk and they were really supportive.”
Mr Flavel said a research report would be archived by the Maylands Historical and Peninsula Association at the old police station on Guildford Road.
Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said the style was quite different to other murals in Maylands, which added to the amenity of the area.
“The artwork pays homage to Mrs S Harpon who ran tea-rooms along the Whatley Crescent strip in the 1920s, creating a connection between past and present Maylands,” he said.