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Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club


Shire of Peppermint Grove

Place Number

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Lilla St Peppermint Grove

Location Details

Other Name(s)

Cappoquin; Keane's Residence (fmr)
Keane's Irish Village; ANZAC Hostel

Local Government

Peppermint Grove



Construction Date

Constructed from 1892

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List Adopted 28 May 2019

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 19 Jul 1999 Category 1

Category 1

Buildings, which due to their character create the atmosphere of Peppermint Grove, therefore should be retained, but may be altered and extended in a manner which is both discrete and sympathetic to the original fabric and character so that a significant proportion of the original building is retained and from the street the additions are seen to be a continuation of the same fabric and character.

Statement of Significance

The stone, brick timber and iron former Keane's residence, nowthe
Royal Freshwater Bat Yacht Club, has cultural significancebecause:
it has historical associations with Edward and Lilla.Keane (he was a
Mayor of Perth), the State Garden's Board and the Royal Freshwater
Yacht Club;
the Yacht Club from its founding days had social associations with
many prominent members of the Peppermint Grove community;
the Keane's Point location retains public access to this major
topographical feature of the Swan River;
it is part of a cultural group & an important townscape area.

The form of the Yacht Club has been developed without a strategic
overview and the fabric of the original Keane's residence has been largely
subsumed into the larger Yacht Club premises. The site is magnificent
being one of the notable points in the Swan River estuary.
Parts of the original building can still be discerned, but there has been
extensive additions, adaptations and refurbishments which have confused
the story of the site's development. The original residence was built with a
partly raised ground floor for family and social purposes, with a lower
ground floor for service purposes.
Enjoyed by a large number of the Peppermint Grove community.
Contributes to the community's social development. Considerable social

The Yacht Club and Boatsheds form a cultural group
Keane's Point, the yacht Club and Boatsheds are the focus of the suburb's
public open space which includesthe foreshore and Manners Hill Park.
The adaptation of a pioneering family's residence and site for a Yacht
Club is rare within Perth.
The growth of the Yacht Club can be seen to reflect the changing fortunes
and expectations of the local community involved in sailing.

Physical Description

A single-storey bungalow with wrap around verandahs constructed as the residence of Edward & Lilla Keane. Style is somewhere between the earlier Victorian Regency style and later Federation Queen Anne style. Evidence of the original residence is particularly evident at the south elevation, including rock faced limestone walls, corrugated iron roofs, and distinctive cross-braced balustrading to the verandahs, which originally surrounded the house. There are may additions to the residence, including a second storey section.
Keane used a 'very old' stone building (prob. c.1860s-70s) in Lilla St as his stables, and later this became Cuffe's Tearooms. It is not known if this building remains.


Probably the earliest extant residence in Peppermint Grove, constructed very soon after the area was subdivided in 1891. After World War One the place was a veterans' refuge, and then in the 1920s a commercial hostel. From 1930 for several years the State Gardens Board leased the house as a rest home and refreshment rooms. Since 1936 the place has been used by the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club (founded 1896).

Edward and Lil1a Keane and family were among the first to build
permanent homes in Peppermint Grove in the 1890's. In 1891, the year
the Keane's purchased what came to be known as 'Keane's Point', Edward
Keane was Mayor of Perth. By 1930 the Keane estate had come under the
control of the State Garden's Board, and in June 1936 the Royal
Freshwater Bay Yacht Club leased the premises from the Government. It
was then that the Yacht Club added a second storey to the residence. The
Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club was formed as a 'Boating Club' in 1896
with Edward Keane as its Captain. It became a 'yacht club' in 1903. and
received its Royal Charter in 1934. The Yacht Club was a popular
institution among Peppermint Grove residents and had a junior division for
the local youth. Considerable historical significance. The site may have
aboriginal significances.


Modifications: Extensive additions, adaptations and refurbishments


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Pascoe R; "WesternAustralia's Capital Suburb".

Other Reference Numbers

Ref Number Description
118 Municipal Inventory

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Present Use Transport\Communications Water: Other
Other Use RESIDENTIAL Institutional Housing

Architectural Styles

Victorian Regency
Federation Queen Anne

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall STONE Limestone
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
PEOPLE Famous & infamous people
OCCUPATIONS Domestic activities
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Sport, recreation & entertainment

Creation Date

14 Mar 1996

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Last Update

19 Feb 2021


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