38 Sewell Street / 78 George Street

38 George Street (map)

ARCHITECTURE

Late Victorian / Early Federation - Georgian / Decorative Free Classical

38 Sewell Street (previously was no. 88) and 78 George St is a single-storey corner shop constructed in rendered masonry and limestone. There are low-pitched roofs behind a classically derived parapet wall. The shop is designed as a corner building, with its entrance set on the former and flanked by display windows. Over the opening is a bull-nosed roof verandah on timber posts. Above the shopfront there is an entablature with an elaborately decorative balustrade. The place is consistent with the pattern of development in Plympton and plays an important role in the pattern of development of a working class suburb and an example of the capacity for adaptation of the first generation of buildings.

HISTORY

1912 - The Black Angels were a gang of young women who were often accused and arrested in the period 1906-1913- for prostitution in both Perth, and at an ‘immoral’ house or brothel at the corner of 38 Sewell and George Sts, in East Fremantle in 1912. Read the full account under Notable People, or specifically for this address:  (reference)

1944 FATAL FALL INTO ASH DUMP John Murray (12), of 38 Sewell street, East Fremantle, sustained fatal burns when he fell into a dump of hot ashes near the Anchorage Butchers works at Coogee at about 10.30 am yesterday. Unaware of the danger, he ran down a hill, stumbled and fell into the smouldering cinders. He was taken in a St John ambulance to the Fremantle Hospital where he died at about 7 pm. (reference)

1945 Men Gaoled For Fremantle Theft- Six men have been arrested on charges connected with recent robberies in seaside districts. The 6 men arrested were: Matthew Mark Luke John Vosloo (30), (a South African), laborer, of Sewell-st., East Fremantle: James Archibald Murray (45), letter-carrier, of Sewell-st… (reference)

RESIDENTS

1911 - 1916: Albury, Charles

1918 - 1921: Albury, Spencer C.

1923 - 1925: Else, Albert E.

1927: Perry, Mrs. H.

1928 - 1932: Sorrell, John L.

1934 - 1937: James, Charles

1937 - 1939: Waters, William A.

1940 - 1941: Davey, Stan F.

1946: Murray, Mrs. C. C.

1947: Rose, Reginald

1949: Groves, George

Courtesy of the Town of East Fremantle Heritage Trail, Artist: Miles Noel

“Late Victorian / Early Federation.”

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