School boy making history in the Hills

Owen Briffa.
Owen Briffa.

WHILE many children are obsessed with the online video game Fortnite, one young historian is consumed with collecting hundreds of memorable photos and articles on the days of old from Mundaring and its surrounding suburbs.

Parkerville historian Owen Briffa (12) said when he discovered there was no Facebook page dedicated to keeping the history of the Hills alive, he swung into action and started the Lost Mundaring & Surroundings page.

“Ever since I was very young, around the age of five, I always loved the history of Perth and the Hills,” he said.

“I started my page last year in August and the response was great, with people getting on board following the page and donating old photos.”

Owen said the area had changed significantly since the Hills Gazette launched its first edition in 1972.

“In that first year an export abattoir opened at Linley Valley,” he said.

“In 1973 the Mundaring shopping mall opened and two years later El Caballo Hotel opened.

“Four years later the new Mundaring Primary School opened and a St John’s ambulance centre was established at Mundaring.

“It was 1978 when Yallambee Retirement Village opened, as well as the official opening of the Mundaring Senior Citizens Centre.

“And in 1983 the new Shire of Mundaring offices were opened.”

The intrepid Eastern Hills Senior School student said some of the biggest changes he had seen in the area was the construction of the Mundaring Arena and Stoneville shopping complex.

“I have also seen the long-standing businesses shut down, such as Sam Druckers general store in Parkerville and the closure of Peak in Glen Forrest,” he said.

Owen predicted Mundaring would be home to a bigger shopping centre and the installation of more traffic lights along Great Eastern Highway.