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The name ‘Yokine’ was derived from the Aboriginal word meaning ‘native dog’. Western Australian Golf Limited were the owners of Yokine from at least 1927, and the group subdivided a small portion of land near the golf course. Prior to World War II the only house in the area was at the eastern end of Royal Street. A housing boom began in Yokine after the war and much of the area around the golfcourse was developed in the early 1950’s. The southern section experienced rapid growth in the 1960’s and by the late 1970’s much of the area was developed.
Residential development has generally taken the form of single detached dwellings, particularly in the western and central portions. The style of building varies considerably, ranging from brick developments for the ’40’s to timber framed houses, to modern styled homes. More recently there have been many duplex and unit developments dispersed throughout the suburb, and the existence of large lots around Spencer and Shakespeare Avenues will encourage further such development.
Significant landmarks include Yokine Reserve, The Western Australian Golf Course, Dog Swamp Shopping Centre, and a heritage survey marker at the top of Mt Yokine which indicates the importance of the area to Perth Surveying as one of the highest points in the metropolitan area.
“Joondanna Heights” was originally selected as the name for this suburb. This was decided in a competition organised by the Perth Road Board. It is believed that the dame was derived from a farm owned by early settler Mark Banks in what is now Osborne Park.
Land was first granted to T. R. C. Walters in 1840, however little occurred until after World War II. By 1958 there was little vacant land available. Until recent years single detached houses dominated Joondanna. Whilst many of these have made way for unit developments, single residential houses still dominate the area.
Local Joondanna Park
“Nollamara” is and Aboriginal word for what is more commonly known as the Black Kangaroo Paw. Prior to World War II the area was used mainly for market gardens and poultry farming. The State Housing Commission started construction in the area in 1950 as part of the Mirrabooka satellite city project.
Redevolopment of the older houses, and significant reduction of the state housing has seen property values increase for some time now. There is a good range of public recreation areas with several reserves offering a range of activities. Des Penman Reserve is the largest and most developed park in the area offering a wide range of facilities including lawn bowls and tennis.
Des Penman Reserve
The suburb now known as Westminster came about in 1994 when residents requested their area be named after the original estate in that area. Between 1936 and 1955 a limestone road named Westminster Boulevard passed through the suburbs then known as Nollamara and Westminster estate. Due to the area’s extensive Jarrah and Banksia woodlands, timber cutting was popular in this area in the early days of the colony. The Westminster area was resumed, along with surrounding suburbs, by the state housing commission in the early 1950’s and similarly to those suburbs the big lots zoned primarily R40 are undergoing extensive redevelopment.