Our office – 15 Wheatley Street, Gosnells is 100 years old this month!
Although the site has been extensively developed in recent years, she still holds the charm of yesteryear. It may not be as grand as some of the heritage properties in and around WA, but it still holds a lot of memories.
Originally built in 1914 by Richard F G Paskett who took ownership of the surrounding land in December 1913. The Swingler Family, headed up by Jean & George Swingler came to the Gosnells in 1920 to establish a dairy farm in Southern River Road.
Doug was the second of their four children and attended the Gosnells State School and Perth Boys School, completing a wood-turning apprenticeship in 1940. He married Edna May Allen in 1942, they brought the one-hectare block in Wheatley Street with Richard Paskett’s residence.
The early Federation style property had gardens and a tennis court on the corner of Wheatley and Walter Street. The house itself is rendered brick with double gablettes on either side of the front door. With a steeply pitched roof and tall chimneys on either side of the house. There are still vertical sash windows to the front and sides of the building, now with heavy security screens on them and an unsympathetic flat roof extension which is built to the rear.[i]
The Swingler’s were very active community members; Doug was a Rotarian and Edna was involved in the Gosnells Horticultural Society.[ii]
When I was thinking of finding a new ‘home’ office for NE Solutions, I knew it had to feel warm and inviting, somewhere a client could feel relaxed. Then Swingler Residence came to us by chance and I instantly fell in love with her Jarrah wood floors, original fireplaces in all the rooms and high ornate ceilings. You can feel the love and family warmth this home as given to those before us. Although there is no tennis court out back, we still have a small back garden to sit out and eat our lunch, or just have time away from our desks, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect office.
Happy Birthday Swingler Residence and here’s to the next 100 years!
If you are looking for somewhere different to hold a networking or gathering and would like a little heritage surroundings, then please do call or pop in and see if the Swingler Residence can assist, you may be surprised!
[i] City of Gosnells Municipal Heritage Inventory
[ii] A Quality of Life The History of Amaroo – by Michael Gillan, 1995
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