This post is part of the Hidden History Walking Tour.
Welcome to the tour! We hope you will find out a little more about Scarborough’s history and be inspired to add your own Scarborough story to the Chronicle Scarborough website.
The tour consists of photos and videos from the Scarborough community. Let’s test your headphones on this first video:
Here’s a quick overview of some of Scarborough’s history.
As you can see in the picture above, the area was not very developed in the 1920s. Scarborough was first settled in 1869 with the first parcel of land granted to John Hughes. As the area was sandy, of little agricultural value and the coastal plain prone to strong winds, people didn’t really want to live here. In 1885 an Eastern States reporter referred to Scarborough as ‘The Manly of the West’ which sparked land developers to release the first subdivision for sale. Sales were still slow and it wasn’t until the 1950s that Scarborough really took off as a place to live.
The Esplanade, also known as The Promenade, was officially opened by the Perth Road Board in 1932. The bitumenised road, proper parking and establishment of a regular bus service all aided Scarborough’s popularity. The development also included removal of the sand dunes and the construction of a limestone wall separating The Esplanade from the beach.
The first Beach Inspector was appointed in 1932 to keep an eye on the beach. He was also instructed to take the names of all male bathers who rolled down the tops of their swimming trunks. By 1935 the Perth Road Board relented and bare topped men were allowed on the beach (Scarborough was one of the first beaches to allow this). They had to regain their decency before coming up to The Promenade. It wasn’t until the late 1950s that women began causing a stir with the latest trend – the bikini.
This is Kool Korner, which was located where Zanders is now. When this photo was taken in the late 1930s, Kool Korner was the local hub. It was demolished in 1954 to make way for a new hotel, however the liquor license was knocked back so it became tearooms and a boarding house known as Tyrols. The Zanders building is still the original Tyrols, making it one of only two buildings on The Esplanade predating 1987.
Behind Zanders is the Luna Shopping Centre, named so because that is the location of Scarborough’s very own Luna Park. It opened in 1939 and included a variety of amusements and rides as well as hosting events such as cycling, trapeze and even a Beauty Competition (first prize 40 pounds). Luna Park was demolished in 1979.
Do you have memories of Luna Park? If so we would love to hear from you.
If you are viewing this as part of the Hidden History Walking Tour, please walk 185 metres south to Location 2 – the TAG Hungerford Plaque.