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J.F. Mills' Residence – Site and Tree


City of Rockingham

Place Number

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Garden Island

Location Details

Lot 9 on Plan 226190

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1908

Demolition Year


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Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 24 Apr 2018 Category E

Category E

Historic site. Recognise- for example, with a plaque, place name, or acknowledge in new urban or architectural design. *Note: The term Heritage Assessment, referred to in Category A, B and C, is defined as: A brief, independent evaluation by a heritage architect or heritage consultant. It is not to be confused with a Heritage Council Heritage Assessment or a Conservation Plan, which are more extensive, detailed and costly documents.

Statement of Significance

• The site has historic value for its association with the time in which Garden Island was used as a holiday destination.
• The site has historic value for its association with John Frederick Mills and his family.

Physical Description

The original residence was demolished in the 1970s with the only remaining element being the large pine tree.


John Frederick Mills (1872-1959) was an early resident of Garden Island and built his holiday home there c1908. Born in NSW, Mills settled in Western Australia c1900 to establish a pottery business in Maylands. His family settled in Maylands and lived there until his death in 1959.
John Mills took a lease of land on Garden Island and built a holiday home for his family. The materials for the house were ferried on barges from Fremantle.
The house was demolished sometime in the 1970s and the large pine tree planted in the grounds of the property is the only evidence of the former residence.

Place Type

Historic Site


Epoch General Specific
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Other
Present Use OTHER Other

Creation Date

15 Jul 2008

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Last Update

19 Feb 2020


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