Suburb Spotlight - Wembley

19 Jan 2023

Why wouldn’t anyone want to live in this amazing suburb, The area of Wembley that falls within the City of Stirling is rich in natural beauty, including Herdsman Lake and Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre.

Buyers including young families and medical professionals also find the area attractive for its proximity to schools, the beach or river, entertainment and dining precincts and public transport. A big draw card is its proximity to Subiaco, which is currently going through some major developments.
It also includes the multi-use regional reserve Glendalough Open Space which sits adjacent to Lake Monger and Herdsman Lake.

Wembley was originally inhabited by the Mooro people of the Noongar Aboriginal clan for at least 40,000 years before European settlement. After the arrival of Europeans, Wembley was settled through land grants and purchasing of land by the Catholic Church. Intense subdivision of land and introduction of public transportation saw the area develop, and was named Wembley Park in 1924, shortened to Wembley in 1935.


Steeped in history, we take a look a back at Wembley and its roots:

The Catholic Church acquired land plots between Herdsman Lake and Mongers Lake

Construction of temporary shelters by European recruits, as well as planting olive trees, a vineyard and an orchard

Completion of the Perth-Fremantle railway

The Municipality of Leederville, the Roman Catholic Church and John Nanson, then the owner of the Perthshire Estate, began talks on subdivision of their lands around the Wembley area

The area saw its key population growth

Named Wembley Park after the London suburb post the arrival of Europeans

A tram station was built reaching up to Nanson Street, and allowed greater access to western Perth

Wembley Hotel designed by E le B Henderson was constructed

Name shortened to Wembley

Opening of the Wembley Picture Theatre and the Wembley Picture Gardens

Tram line closed through Wembley and replaced by trolleybuses which were seen to be a cheaper way to meet the increasing demand for public transportation

The western end of Cambridge Street featured a dairy up until this year

British Empire and Commonwealth Games held 22 November to 1 December in nearby Floreat with the construction of Perry Lakes Stadium

The Town of Cambridge was created from the City of Perth which Wembley became a part of
Whether you’re buying or renting in Wembley, we have listings in the area that might just get you into this popular gem of Perth.

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