Photo of Innaloo home gives peek into history

The Genev family outside their Innaloo home in 1913.
The Genev family outside their Innaloo home in 1913.

A PHOTO of an Innaloo home is another historic gem unearthed as part of the City of Stirling’s Heritage and History Awards.

Last week, the Stirling Times shared a photo of Doubleview’s Margaret Taylor as Miss Scarborough 1956 that featured in the inaugural Stirling Memories competition.

Jan Barac submitted a photo taken in 1913 of the Genev (later Geneve/Geneff) family home on Scarborough Beach Road in Innaloo, which won the best photo with story category.

She is the granddaughter of Ilia and Nedela Genev, who migrated to Australia from Bulgaria, daughter of Mick Geneve and niece of original Nookenburra Hotel owner George Geneff.

Ms Barac said the Genev family’s three-acre property was on what was then a main road of sand, just west of where the Botanica Bar and Bistro currently exists.

“The house that Ilia had built for his family consisted of rough white timber walls lined with old bags and an iron roof,” she said.

“There were no amenities and water had to be carted from a creek close by.

“The family found the heat quite unbearable, but struggled on to maintain their market garden in the loose black soil.”