Grove a good read

settlement stories wanted
settlement stories wanted

The Berndt Museum of Anthropology at the University of WA funded an exhibition entitled On the Outskirts – Allawah Grove Aboriginal Settlement and this exhibition was the basis for the On the Outskirts booklet.

Allawah Grove was established in 1958 as the result of post-war assimilation policies where the then Native Welfare Department hoped the housing could simulate suburban living until residents secured homes in the metropolitan area.

The families of Allawah Grove faced an uncertain future as the administration was bombarded with threats of closure and bad publicity yet it continued to stay open for more than a decade.

‘Allawah Grove was highly scrutinised by government, organisations and citizens alike and eventually closed in 1968,’ City of Belmont chief executive Stuart Cole said.

The city was made aware of the photographic collection organised by the Berndt Museum and is now inviting people in the community to talk to the Belmont Museum curator to share their memories of the settlement.

‘It is hoped that with enough interest more research can be conducted in the future by the City of Belmont to enable the launch another exhibition on Allawah Grove,’ Mr Cole said.

Call the curator on 9477 4571 or email museum@