South Perth’s Marjorie Barker an Old Mill volunteer for 39 years


Marjorie Barker has been volunteering at the Old Mill for nearly four decades.
Marjorie Barker has been volunteering at the Old Mill for nearly four decades.

MARJORIE Barker’s love for history drew her to the Old Mill where she has continued to volunteer for 39 years.

The South Perth resident said she had been involved with a historical society in Esperance before moving to the area.

“When I moved to South Perth, it seemed natural to volunteer at the Old Mill because it is an icon of the area,” she said.

“The mill has a wonderful history and it’s great to explain it to tourists and answer their questions.

“Just last week, we had seven people from Sydney that I took around. I get satisfaction from it and I love the mill.

“Meeting people from overseas and the eastern states is always very interesting.”

The Old Mill was built in 1835 and operated until 1859, producing 680kg of flour per day at its peak.

The mill was granted to the City of South Perth in 1992 and since then the stone buildings and site were repaired and upgraded and vested in the National Trust.

Nominations for the City of South Perth’s Volunteer of the Year Awards are open.

The awards are held in conjunction with Thank a Volunteer Day, which is held on December 5.

To nominate, download the guidelines and nomination forms below or contact the City on 9474 0777 or email enquiries@southperth.wa.gov.au with nominations closing on September 22.

Awards are presented in three categories:

Junior Volunteer of the Year (under 18 years)
Young Volunteer of the Year (18 – 25 years
Volunteer of the Year (over 25 years)