My family and I visited Perth many years ago, when I was about 7. We travelled over from Melbourne by train, a long, but very exciting journey. I remember my Dad eating an olive for the first time. He didn’t like the taste, so he put it into his matchbox. 🙂 I also remember that we got stuck in the train for a few extra days. There was heavy rain when we were out of Kalgoorlie, so heavy it washed away the tracks.
London Court is one of the few things I remember from Perth. Its quaintness must have stuck in my mind.
Of course it is pretend, idealised London, but not without its own charm. As an adult I see that the charm comes from its decorations as well as from its over-the-top fake Elizabethan London. I was delighted to read about its opening in Wikipedia.
It was opened
in lavish ceremony on 29 July 1937. Mitchell [former Premier] described the arcade as being “unique in Australia” and that it “would be an ornament to the city”.
The opening was celebrated with a three-day ‘Ye Olde English Fayre’ which attracted several thousand visitors and which raised £2,000 for the new Perth Hospital at St Georges Terrace and Irwin Street. The Fayre featured volunteers dressed in Elizabethan style costumes and included evening dramatic programmes and musical items, including excerpts from Twelfth Night, madrigals and folk singing.
Don’t you wish you could have been there?!
It is the closest I will get to London this year!