Local history awards aim to unearth gems

The first Mayor of the Municipality of Victoria Park, Captain Robert Thompson McMaster.
The first Mayor of the Municipality of Victoria Park, Captain Robert Thompson McMaster.

Town of Victoria Park local history co-coordinator Diana Wilson said Capt McMaster became mayor in 1897 and was the architect who designed the Broken Hill Hotel.

According to The Cyclopaedia of Western Australia (1912-Vol 1) by J.S. Battye, the father of three sons and two daughters served in the Boer War and was in charge of the WA second contingent with the rank of Captain.

A commemorative plaque also reveals that the member of the 10th Light Horse ‘Fell fighting for King and Country at Gallipoli on August 7, 1915’.

Ms Wilson said it was stories like these she hoped would be unearthed at the Town’s 2013 Local History Awards – Uncovering our history: stories from Victoria Park.

She said the awards were designed to encourage people to write of their personal memories or research the historic roots of the Town’s suburbs of Burswood, Carlisle, East Victoria Park, Lathlain, Victoria Park and parts of St James, Kensington, Bentley and Welshpool, and their characters.

Entries will be added to the Town’s Local History Collection. Topic ideas included:

Entries may include photographs, drawings, maps, a walk or tour, audio or audiovisual material and can take the form of a report, memoir, an interview with associated text or commentary, paintings, drawings or photographs with text or commentary or a collection of original verse or anecdotes.