Laneway mural paints picture of history in Claremont

Artist Dipesh ‘Peche’ Prasad is painting a mural in Walt Drabble Lane in Claremont.
Artist Dipesh ‘Peche’ Prasad is painting a mural in Walt Drabble Lane in Claremont.

HISTORY and native flora will be displayed in a public art mural by artist Dipesh ‘Peche’ Prasad in Claremont’s Walt Drabble Lane. .

“Thanks to the generosity of the property owners, this expansive wall will now become a canvas for an artwork that will provide a glimpse into Claremont’s history, as well as celebrating the beauty of its natural assets,” Claremont Mayor Jock Barker said.

The black and white-style mural by Mr Prasad, a Curtin University lecturer, will feature a portrait of painter, signwriter and ironmonger Walt D. Drabble, who established his business in Claremont in 1865.

“By the 1940s, the business, by then known as W. Drabble Ltd Hardware Merchants, was the largest commercial business in the town, and it continued to be family-run until it was taken over about 1970,” Mr Barker said.

He said many of the shops on nearby Leura Avenue, including what is now Empire Homewares, were originally storage for Dabble’s shop on adjacent Bay View Terrace.

Work on the mural is expected to continue into next week.