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. Join us as we reflect on our past and the places that make up our Canning identity.

Learn more about our Aboriginal culture and heritage.

Our history – how we have grown and what we will become - is built on your stories.
Help grow our local history collections and add to the stories of Canning by sharing your past and present photos via email to localhistory@canning.wa.gov.au.

We will be sharing stories that showcase our vibrant and diverse City so be sure to check back regularly as we upload more stories throughout the year. 

Join Geoff Moor, City of Canning's Heritage Officer, as he takes you on a tour of the City of Canning, telling the stories of the City's rich history.

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, easily transportable and able to be 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 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.


Please remember to check back throughout the year for more great content from across our City.
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