Modelling perth’s past

swampy Wetlands seen in 3-d
swampy Wetlands seen in 3-d

Re-Imagining Perth’s Lost Wetlands is a joint project between Edith Cowan University, City of Perth and Landgate to focus on the cultural and environmental importance of Perth’s wetlands.

Buildings, including the Perth train station, were built over swamps that previously stretched from Lake Monger to Claise Brook.

The exhibition features three-dimensional digital modelling of Perth’s lost wetlands before 1827 in the Claise Brook catchment from Herdsman Lake to the Swan River.

ECU Associate Professor Rod Giblett said the three-dimensional models on display were based on Nyungar history, archival maps, geological soil mapping, vegetation mapping, artistic impressions and botanists’ early settler accounts of flora.

‘Like many other cities around the world, Perth was founded on wetlands,’ he said.

‘These environments have played a significant role in the city’s development and are important for a range of species.’

Re-Imagining Perth’s Lost Wetlands opens at the Perth Town Hall on Sunday, September 21, at 3pm.

The exhibition runs until October 9. Entry is free.