History of Hyde park unearthed

Jeanette Gaebler with the historic Hyde Park photo. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d409442
Jeanette Gaebler with the historic Hyde Park photo. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d409442

Jeanette Gaebler’s family photo of Hyde Park in its infancy is the City of Vincent’s earliest image of the grounds.

Featuring her grandfather Frank and father Grattan (aged four), the photo is one of several winners in the City’s annual Local History Photographic Rewards celebrating Vincent’s days gone by.

According to the City, the park was appointed in 1897 with work on the gardens commencing in 1899.

Mrs Gaebler’s grandparents lived across the road on William Street, then Clifton Street, and at the ages of seven and 11 she came up from the country to stay with them for several months.

‘My grandfather was the first children’s magistrate in Perth. He was a gentle man: a very nice person, and as my grandmother was very strict he would often say, ‘this is no life for a young girl, let’s go over and feed the ducks’,’ she said.

Two other photos in her possession were also awarded, including a 1940s shot of her grandparents strolling in the city in their Sunday best and another of their home on William Street in 1906.

‘The house is still there’