Raphael Park


Town of Victoria Park

Place Number



bounded Armagh,Washington,Gloucester&Geddes Victoria Park

Location Details

Local Government

Victoria Park



Construction Date

Constructed from 1920

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Municipal Inventory Adopted 14 Jul 1998 Category B

Statement of Significance

Raphael Park has strong aesthetic, historic and social heritage significance. It is ringed by mature shady trees valued by the community. Historically the park is significant to many people who have used it as a popular sports and recreation venue. The Park also has an important role in commemorating the name of Howard Raphael, a prominent citizen of Victoria Park who went on to represent the area in State Parliament.

Physical Description

Raphael Park, situated in between a residential area and the commercial areas extending from Albany Highway, is close to Cargill Street School which used the area for sporting activities. The Park, approximately half a square kilometre in size, has on its perimeter a number of mature trees and has a Rotunda in the south east corner. The park which is used for a number of sports, including football and cricket, has a brick club house in the south west corner of the park. There is a children's playground close to the Rotunda. Trees in the park include Moreton Bay Fig, Norfolk Pines and a variety of conifer and deciduous trees and palms. The Park is bound by Washington, Geddes, Gloucester and Armagh Streets, and the residences in these streets range from modest cottages to comparatively elaborate villas. The aspect of the form, scale and texture, despite diversity of design, sets up a fairly consistent scale and character around the park which contributes to the cohesion of the total environment.


Raphael Park was first designated as a recreation reserve in 1907 by the Municipality of Victoria Park prior to its amalgamation with the City of Perth in 1917. The park is now named after Howard Stirling Raphael, Perth City Councillor from 1925 to 1944. Howard Raphael was born in 1900 in Adelaide, South Australia. Raphael moved to WA, with his family, in 1911. It is said that he tried to enlist for war service in 1916 but was under age. He was married twice but had only one child, a son by his first wife. Starting out as a dental assistant he later became a Dental Surgeon. He set up business in Victoria Park where he became heavily involved in community affairs. He was Vice President of the Victoria Park Ugly Men's Association, a member of the Celtic Club, and was active in a number of local sporting bodies. Raphael was elected to the Perth City Council in 1924 and took his seat in 1925. He was also the Victoria Park MLC from 1930 to 1944. His political career included representing the Shop Assistants Union in the ALP and sitting on the State Executive of the ALP from 1928. During his period in State Parliament he was a Chairman of the Royal Commission inquiring into the administration of the Municipality of the City of Perth (1938). During World War II Raphael enlisted in the AIF where he served as Captain of a Dental Unit from 1942 until his death in 1944. Following his death he was replaced on the Perth City Council by William Read, after a byelection. In his opening speech in the Legislative Assembly on 7 August 1945, Read said of Raphael that ... his 20 years work for the ratepayers of the City of Perth and the district was of exceptional value. During that period he was responsible for many parks, gardens and children's playgrounds which we now have in our Ward for all time. These will forever stand as a monument to his labours for our district. As member for the district he was at all times most zealous in the welfare of the families and individuals. Particularly valuable was the groundwork he performed during the dreadful years of the financial depression and unemployment. He was indefatigable in helping the poor of the district, who will ever cherish his memory in their hearts.


INTEGRITY: Excellent




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
"School. 1894-1969". Victoria Park Primary
C Day; "Research Relating to Park and Reserve Names. ". O'Brien Planning Consultants 1997
G Noble; "Inner Metropolitan Heritage Survey by National Trust of Australia (WA). Report on Heritage Places in Victoria Park". Vol 1-4. National Trust of Australia WA 1990

Place Type

Urban Park


Epoch General Specific
Present Use PARK\RESERVE Park\Reserve
Original Use PARK\RESERVE Park\Reserve

Creation Date

14 Sep 2000

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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