Wood & Knutsford Sts Fremantle
Most photos here were taken New Year's Day 2008 in Wood St and Knutsford St, with a few updates and additions. This still looks like an industrial estate, but has been rezoned for mixed residential and other. It's elevated, and will be sold for heaps. (Eight years later, in 2016, none has been redeveloped.)
Fremantle City Council yard
This is getting off to a good start; it's all downhill from here - tho the recycling yard isn't very welcoming from this side. I'm impressed it's open on New Year's Day.
Update. Update: this is no longer used. The recycling depot is now on the next corner, of Knutsford and Montreal Sts.
Fremantle City Council yard
The sign says you'll be garrotted if you leave rubbish here. There's often some, but, right in front of the sign :)
Fremantle City Council yard
See: it's getting worse - tho we are going uphill.
10 Wood St
This is the highest point, and this land will be worth squillions. It is!
12 Wood St
This building had some patching to its parapet recently. Due to go.
But before it does, it has become a canvas for some 'street art', in the Mayor's words, or, in other words, graffitied. I won't dignify the 'artwork' by taking photos of it.
14 Wood St
The number you can see on the main building is tastefully carved in stone, but the postie couldn't read it so they painted another, crappy one near the mailbox in the glamorous porch.
This one has been graffitied also.
37 Wood St
This is my favourite building in the area, simply because it's been abandoned so long the sign is no longer legible. CHALWELL WRECKERS moved to the corner of Wood and Stack, but they left there quite a while ago, and that building is now no longer in use either. This was @ 1 January 2008.
37 Wood St
This is what 37 Wood St looked like at the beginning of December 2012, as it was being knocked down, one brick at a time.
Update: the site has now been cleared.
39 Wood St
The people at 39 used to make cardboard boxes or something similar. No sign of life at the moment.
39 Wood St again
Here they are not again.
41 Wood St
These people say they are Timber Traders. The folding sign says you can buy a bag of firewood for $8. Not much call for that in January.
41a Wood St
Just guessing the number, as there seems to be no mailbox. They say they make 'cutting edges and track shoes'. Strange combination.
43 Wood St
Fremantle Trailers and Youngs Plumbing share a gate.
Update: Youngs Plumbing later moved around the corner into Stack St, into a new building. But they weren't there long before the building was occupied by ... Cottesloe City Council, of all things. I guess rents are a lot less in Freo than in Cott.
43 Wood St again
The trailers need a brick building, but.
45-47 Wood St
McLellans Haulage doesn't look much, but they move a lot of stuff. I'm guessing they also use the yard around the corner you'll see in a sec. Update: in 2017 there's now a new pre-fab temporary sort of office building on the front of this site.
I missed the 'tram' as it went up Wood St. The driver did pause, tho, in case I was a tourist, as I was holding a camera. Not for long, but.
69 Knutsford St
This is the corner of Wood and Knutsford.
24 Knutsford St
People here used to sell fish: note the fancy antenna thingy. Now, I dunno.
26 Knutsford St
The goddess knows what happens here.
28 Knutsford St
This used to have a sign saying its was an ArtSpace. Maybe it still is. I think George Haynes and maybe Tim Burns had something to do with it. The street number is painted on a TV screen. Cute.
Update. This was the Luc Longley residence recently, together with number 20. I suppose it was he who put the basketball hoop up. Anyway, he and his family have now moved on.
28-30 Knutsford St
Paino Brothers say that they're at 30, and that they work in wood.
Update. Number 30 was transformed into part of a residence by Luc Longley. The two buildings contained, inter alia, a fullsize basketball court and a lap pool.
30-32 Knutsford St
The 'buildings' at 30 are shipping containers enclosed in metal walls and rooves. I hope they have aircon!
31 Knutsford St
This building is in the middle of a yard of shipping containers, so it's prolly only used for storage. It's remarkable for having a URL made of metal on the front of it. It still works: www.article.net.au but no longer for its original owner.
Update: this building has now been officially graffitied also.
Further update: the building has now been removed.
It's a yard: what can I say?
Update: I can now say that it's empty.
Further update. No, it's not. It's now being used for the open-air storage of all kinds of stuff.
Former bond store, cnr Knutsford and Wood
Dunno what's in this now, but the old painted letters say 'bond store' on one bit, and 'free store' on another
Truckies leave these things lying about. Spose they're a bit big to steal.
Update. Now that one quarter of that block is a housing estate, with the other three-quarters to be built sooner or later, there won't be any more trailers parked there. Nice to see that the pillarbox was allowed to remain. Update: in 2017 most of the block is under construction or lived in.
A distant prospect of ... tanks. They took the black ones away and prepared the land for humans to live on, but the white ones remain. Why?
Update: they've all gone now, but the land remains unused. Why?
Further update. Years later, the question remains.
Isn't it pretty ... big?
A human made an effort, tho nature looks as tho it's given up.
Anyone for ... cricket?
Gates ... leading to millions of dollars worth of vacant land.
In April 2013 this is no longer vacant: it's now being developed as 'Knutsford'.
Update: in June 2013 the plumbing and electricity are in the ground and the blocks ready for building. There's a temporary sales office on site.
Further update. As I said above, one quarter of this housing estate has been built.
These were in the yard of the former Chalwell Wreckers 18 October 2012. More 'art'.
This was the front of Chalwell Wreckers in January 2016. Should be gone soon. Update: in 2017 it's still there, used for storage.
The building and others adjacent are apparently owned by the guy who owns and drives that truck on the right of the photo. His headquarters are to the right, up the street, at 14 Stack St.
When I moved here in 1992, this building at 14 Stack St was a foundry with a specialisation in keels. The foundryman died some years ago and this building and others above are now apparently owned by the truckie I mentioned, who seems to have a penchant for collecting wrecked machinery like that which adorns the street in this photo. I'm glad it doesn't bother anyone - including me.
Garry Gillard | New: 1 January, 2008 | Now: 26 June, 2017