Thousands expected for Maylands Street Festival to celebrate 120th anniversary of town’s naming


Bayswater councillor Catherine Ehrhardt, John McLennan (Maylands Historical and Peninsula Association), Belinda Wates (Local Arts and Community Events chair) and Marie-Louise McDermott (Maylands Historical and Peninsula Association). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d482375
Bayswater councillor Catherine Ehrhardt, John McLennan (Maylands Historical and Peninsula Association), Belinda Wates (Local Arts and Community Events chair) and Marie-Louise McDermott (Maylands Historical and Peninsula Association). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d482375

COMMUNITY group Local Arts and Community Events (LACE) is expecting up to 15,000 people to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the naming of Maylands at the upcoming Maylands Street Festival.

The name ‘Maylands’ first appeared in 1896 on a poster advertising a local land auction.

In 1898, manufacturer Mephan Ferguson bought land in Maylands and built the Ferguson Foundry which supplied water pipes for the Goldfields.

Following the construction of the foundry and the Maylands Railway Station, the shopping precinct began to develop into the Maylands town centre.

However, the origin of the name is a mystery.

The festival, run by LACE and the Maylands Historical and Peninsula Association (MHPA), will feature roving historical entertainment, stalls, games, children’s area, pop-up bars, hawker markets, art installations, a tour through the Old Police Station and activities at Dome.

There will also be performances by the Perth Symphony Orchestra, WA Youth Jazz Orchestra and Mucky Duck Bush Band.

Festivities will run through The Rise, Eighth Avenue, Whatley Crescent and Railway Parade.

MHPA researcher John McLennan said the association would have a historical display at its headquarters and a stall on the day.

Bayswater councillor Catherine Ehrhardt said a staple of the festival were actors representing significant historical characters.

“Street festivals are really important to town centres,” she said.

“It is more than just supporting local businesses, it also supporting local community and it is something that helps bring everyone together.”

The festival will be held from noon-6pm on May 20.

For more information, visit the Maylands Street Festival Facebook page.

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