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Town of East Fremantle

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55 Canning Hwy East Fremantle

Location Details

Other Name(s)

Knights Building

Local Government

East Fremantle



Construction Date

Constructed from 1901

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
(no listings)

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
RHP - To be assessed Current 28 Oct 2005

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 15 Aug 2006 Category A

Category A

High heritage significance at a local level, and having potential State Heritage significance; informed consideration should be given to nomination for State Register listing prior to or at the time of consideration for further development, and prior determination of any significant development application for the place. Places to be generally retained and conserved, and worthy of a high level of protection. Conservation Plans may be required depending on relative significance and apparent impact of development on the place; detailed Heritage Assessments otherwise required as corollary to any development application. Strong encouragement to the owner under the Town of East Fremantle Planning Scheme to conserve the significance of the place. Incentives to promote heritage conservation should be considered where necessary to achieve desirable conservation outcomes in context of permissible development.

Statement of Significance

Aesthetic, Historical, Social, Scientific, Representative & Rarity
STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE No 55 Canning Highway is a two storey building constructed of painted brick with an iron roof. The ground floor is a commercial premises with a residence over it. The place has historic and aesthetic value with its contribution to Plympton's commercial strip and associated buildings. It contributes to the local community’s sense of place.
The place is a minor landmark on Canning Highway.
The place has considerable heritage value for its intrinsic aesthetic value as a Federation Filigree commercial premises. It retains a moderate to high degree of authenticity and a high degree of integrity.
AESTHETIC SIGNIFICANCE No 55 Canning Highway has exceptional aesthetic value as a fine Federation Filigree style commercial building. It retains most of the characteristic features of a combined shop and residence of the type and period.
HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE No 55 Canning Highway has some historic value. It was part of the suburban residential development associated with the expansion of East Fremantle during the Goldrush period of the 1880s and 1890s.
SOCIAL SIGNIFICANCE No 55 Canning Highway has some social value. It is associated with a significant area of worker’s cottages, which contributes to the community's sense of place.

Physical Description

The place is a substantial double storied, brick retail store. It has a second storey balcony, with filigree ironwork on the balustrade (not original). The front door is situated on the corner facing the street at a 45 degree angle.

No 55 Canning Highway is a commercial building constructed of brick with rendered details. Low-pitched corrugated iron roofs are concealed by masonry parapets. It is a fine expression of the Federation Filigree style. The street elevations are arranged to accommodate the corner shopfront and display windows. A dominant feature is the skillion roofed verandah that runs along both street frontages. The verandah is detailed with cast lacework. Above the verandah line is a rendered brick parapet with an articulated line that includes one top pediment.
Some walls have been rendered.
The place is consistent with the pattern of development in Plympton and plays an important role in the pattern of development of a working class suburb.

CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS Walls – Brick and render
Roof - Corrugated roof sheeting
PHYSICAL SETTING Building is located on a prominent street corner, built to its boundaries and has imposing verandahs, which makes it a prominent minor landmark.


Historic Theme: Demographic Settlement & Occupation

Plympton is a cohesive precinct where most of the places were constructed in the late nineteenth century and the first quarter of the twentieth century. It is comprised primarily of homes for workers and their families with a high concentration of small lots with timber, brick and stone cottages.
Commercial premises were established on Canning Highway and George Street. The George Street commercial strip developed within a decade of the residential development in surrounding streets.

HISTORIC THEME Demographic Settlements and Occupation - Land Subdivision and Commercial Development


Integrity: Very High



Other Keywords

RARITY No 55 Canning Highway is not rare in the immediate context but Plympton has rarity value as a working class suburb.
CONDITION No 55 Canning Highway is in fair condition.
INTEGRITY No 55 Canning Highway retains a high degree of integrity.
AUTHENTICITY No 55 Canning Highway retains a moderate to high degree of authenticity.

ADDRESS 55 Canning Highway
LOT NO Lots 531 & 1
PLACE TYPE Commercial
USE/S Original Use: Shop and residence/ Current Use: Commercial

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use COMMERCIAL Shop\Retail Store {single}
Original Use COMMERCIAL Shop\Retail Store {single}

Architectural Styles

Federation Filigree

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall STONE Limestone

Historic Themes

General Specific

Creation Date

17 Nov 1995

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Last Update

28 Apr 2017


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