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Heritage delivery for WA’s red pillar post boxes

Jul 25, 2018

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  • Four in-service pillar post boxes heritage listed
  • Bassendean, Busselton and Kalgoorlie boxes erected between 1876 and 1897 

Residents in Bassendean, Busselton and Kalgoorlie will continue to send their mail in style with the suburbs' decorative red pillar boxes being added to the State Register of Heritage Places.

The four cast iron post boxes are some of the last remaining of their kind in Western Australia that are still in use.

The Bassendean and Kalgoorlie post boxes are similar to the hexagonal 'Penfold' design found in Great Britain in the 1850s. This design was standard issue in WA up until the Commonwealth took control of the postal system following Federation in 1901.

Each of these boxes displays the royal cipher VR for Victoria Regina (Latin for Queen Victoria) and the date of their manufacture.

While the Kalgoorlie Railway Station and Kalgoorlie Hotel post boxes were manufactured by the J & E Ledger Foundry in Perth in 1894 and 1897 respectively, it is unknown who manufactured the Bassendean box which dates back to 1876.

The fourth post box to be heritage listed, in Busselton, is a more ornate circular 'Brussels-style' design made in New South Wales in 1891 by W. Taylor, Paragon Foundry. It is very rare as the only post box of this style remaining in the State.

All four boxes symbolise the growth of the State's postal system as well as the once-common practice of manufacturing post boxes in cast iron, in comparison to today's steel post boxes.

Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman:

"For more than 120 years these post boxes have served residents, businesses and visitors within their communities, connecting them to thousands of people throughout the State, and indeed, the world.

"I know many Bassendean, Busselton and Kalgoorlie locals will be pleased with this heritage listing which recognises the rarity of WA's red pillar post boxes."

Comments attributed to Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly:

"The 142-year-old red pillar post box on the corner of North Road and Surrey Street in Bassendean is a much-loved community icon and pays homage to the heritage of our beautiful area.

"The community saved it from demolition in the past and I'm pleased the McGowan Labor Government will now protect it for many more years to come through this heritage listing."

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