A DESCENDANT of two Cockburn pioneers whose family name adorns Cockburn’s 22nd and newest suburb believes they would likely be embarrassed by all the fuss.
The State Government recently gave the City of Cockburn approval to re-name Banjup north of Armadale Road to Treeby.
Market gardeners Joseph and Emma Treeby settled in the area in the 1890s and three of their sons served in World War I.
Steve Treeby was born after the death of his great-grandparents, but he said they would likely have shied away from all the attention.
“My father Bob, his brothers and sisters Ernie, Jessie, Dot and John were all very quiet, shy, hardworking and I reckon that Emma and Joseph would have been the same,” he said.
“I feel Emma and Joseph would have been very embarrassed at the fuss.”
The idea to name the area after the family was pitched to them and the City of Cockburn by the Banjup Residents Group midway through 2015.
Naming the area was part of the process undertaken by the City as created a new suburb to differentiate future land uses either side of Armadale Road.
“I mentioned the proposal to immediate family members and they were quite surprised and felt honoured on behalf of our ancestors,” Mr Treeby said.
“It has been a while coming to fruition…
“Personally I felt quite thrilled that some of these early pioneers would be recognised for their sacrifices and hard work.”
While the City had hoped to limit the northern boundary to Jandakot Road, in line with future residential developments, Cockburn’s planning and development director Daniel Arndt said it was a pleasing result.
“Banjup’s small community has a strong history,” he said.
“Respecting and celebrating history is critical to Cockburn.”