In 2021, we celebrated 150 years of local government in Canning. To mark the occasion, we celebrated our stories, people, places and community.

Our City’s story goes back further than 150 years. Canning is based on Whadjuk Noongar land and our stories are some of the oldest in the world.

The City of Canning began as a local government in 1871, as the Canning District Road Board. Join us as we reflect on our past and the places that make up our Canning identity.

Watch the full video series on YouTube. In this series, Geoff Moor (City of Canning Heritage Officer) takes you on a tour of the City of Canning, telling the stories of the City's rich history.

Celebrating Places

Whaleback Golf Course

On 9 January 1981, Mayor Ern Clark officially opened Whaleback Gold Course alongside course controller Peter Hopkins. This year Whaleback Celebrates its 40th anniversary with Mayor Patrick Hall recreating the historical opening alongside Mr Hopkins who continues to operate as course controller.


Find out more about Whaleback Golf Course's history.

Futuro House

Do you remember the 'spaceship' on Leach Highway? The Futuro house was developed in Finland in the 1960's by architect Matti Suuronen. It was designed as a ski cabin that could be easily transported and quickly erected in remote environments. Known as the Futuro home of the future, it was constructed of fibreglass and contained a kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom for a cost of $15,000. A Futuro was erected in Apsley Rd and used to advertise the residential subdivision of Burrendah. It was eventually moved to the corner of Leach Highway and Karel Avenue, where it became a local icon. It was removed in 1996.

Carousel Shopping Centre

Carousel Shopping Centre opened in 1972 and originally contained 80 shops. The original centre incorporated the site of Boans Waverley, the first suburban Boans branch, as well as the Waverley Hotel. In early 2017 construction commenced on the redevelopment of Westfield Carousel to create the shopping centre that we enjoy today. With over 360 stores, it’s officially the largest shopping centre in Western Australia.

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