Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Dr Hugo Bekle


This study will focus on the changing social function and form of Claisebrook, East Perth, and will show how the area has geographically changed over time. This research will also examine the significance of the area to the Aboriginal people and focus on the settlement and land use patterns from the 1830's to the 1990's. It will then elucidate the characteristics attributable to a sense of place, and link these to the physical and urban environment throughout different periods of time. Finally, this study will concentrate on the current redevelopment, investigating the current form and function of the area. It will contrast prior views to explain the new, demonstrating what improvisations have taken place so as to accommodate and ensure the retention of the area's integrity for some time to come. The expected contribution of this study will be to provide a greater understanding of an area, which has been environmentally significant throughout time and continues to be the case, especially as it is in close proximity to the central city area. Claisebrook and East Perth has throughout history been the city's service centre in differing capacities. Today the redevelopment of Claisebrook reiterates this commitment as people are now largely fulfilling this role. Claisebrook is also important as a model for future redevelopments, in other inner city areas. It provides the potential to revitalise while understanding and learning from the mistakes made throughout history, like placing industry within these areas. Lastly, it will give geographers and town planners, an understanding to why these changes took place, so they can implement a favourable and balanced setting, so both the ecological and human processes can then coexist by finding and developing acceptable solutions.