South Perth: Mosaic cow statue to honour McDougall dairy history


Mosaic at the Cow Shed members Kate Wood (left), Felicity Chivers, Caryl Pass, Merrilyn Langford and Anita Newman. Picture: Jon Hewson.
Mosaic at the Cow Shed members Kate Wood (left), Felicity Chivers, Caryl Pass, Merrilyn Langford and Anita Newman. Picture: Jon Hewson.

A LIFESIZE mosaic cow statue, named Hazel, was last week installed at Neil McDougall Park to honour the area’s history.

Mosaic at the Cow Shed initiated the project with South Perth Society of Art and Craft, who donated the cow sculpture in late 2016.

Sub-committee member Merrilyn Langford said the group had had the idea to decorate and install a sculpture at Hazel McDougall House for many years as a way to celebrate the location and give back to the community.

“We moved into the old cow shed beside Hazel McDougall House in September, 2010 and have been very grateful to have had use of the space after our last venue closed down,” she said.

“We canvassed the community before beginning the project 18 month ago and one person told us they had known Hazel McDougall.

“I remember her saying ‘Hazel would have been absolutely delighted that we had named the cow in honour of her’ and for leaving the land as a space which she stipulated to always be used for arts and crafts.”

Neil McDougall Park and Hazel McDougall House once comprised the McDougall dairy farm which was South Perth’s last remaining dairy, operating until 1946.