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Thursday, 24 September 1936


Senator E B JOHNSTON (Western Australia) . - I have already dealt with the controversy between the Federal Government, the Western Australian Government and the Swan Roads Board over the renaming of the town of Bullsbrook,where a military aerodrome is being erected, and' I do not intend to go into the subject at length to-day. At the request of those interested in the early history of Western Australia I merely wish to place on record the reasons why the name of Bullsbrook was chosen for the district and township.

Following upon the approval of the construction of the new military aerodrome at Bullsbrook, there was considerable controversy between the Federal and State governments and the Swan Roads Board concerning the name of the town, the district, and the aerodrome. Ultimately the name was altered, according to the Minister, by the State Government to " Kingsf ord." The following paragraph appeared in the West Australian of the 7th September, in regard to that worthy pioneer settler of Western Australia, after whom the town and district were originally named: -

Lieutenant Henry Bull, whose name, it has been suggested, should be obliterated from the map by the re-naming of Bullsbrook, was described by a writer "of 1835 among the most valuable settlers of the young Colony. In association with Mr. Leake, a Fremantle merchant and an extensive landholder, he worked a farm, a dairy and a horse mill at Upper Swan with remarkable success, and had " some of the finest cows in the colony, the genuine produce of the Duke of Bedford's famous breed, obtained directly from Woburn." He was a lieutenant in the Navy, but had had some farming experience in Bedfordshire, and he took readily to life on the land and " by his strenuous exertions," overcame all difficulties, established an excellent home and " completed his comforts by marrying a lady in the colony." There is a description of his household : " His kitchen, which is lofty and spacious, and has a fireplace of corresponding dimensions, is well garnished with flitches of bacon and other tokens of good cheer. After sharing with his numerous servants in their various employments - often himself holding the plough - it was his custom to sit down with them, presiding at the head of a long table plentifully furnished with plain but excellent fare, chiefly the produce of his own farm; to which were added good beer and ale from barley grown, malted and brewed on the premises. The quantity he raises of wheat, and other grain, and also hay, equals, if not exceeds, the produce of any other colonist." Though the aerodrome is named "Pearce" by the Federal Government, and the town is newly named "Kingsford " by the State Government, the name of the railway station still appears in the railway time-table as Bullsbrook. This leads to much confusion, and I express my extreme regret that a name which is bound up with the earlier history of the State, and which was good enough to last for 100 years, should now be abandoned.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bills read a first time.







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