Tram Stop


Town of Victoria Park

Place Number



Cnr Albany Hwy & Mackie St Victoria Park

Location Details

253 Albany Hwy

Local Government

Victoria Park



Construction Date

Constructed from 1905

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

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

The Tram Stop has strong historic heritage significance. It reflects a way of life that no longer exists in Victoria Park or Western Australia, where once tram travel was considered an innovative mode of transport. The arrival of the trams in 1905 was a significant catalyst to commercial and residential development in Victoria Park and even some of the outer suburbs as the line was extended to Welshpool. The tram stop is also quite rare in Perth as few reminders of the tram era remain standing.

Physical Description

The Tram Stop is located on the south-east corner of the Albany Highway and Mackie Street. It is metal, and is currently used as a power pole. Though in poor condition the tram stop sign writing can still be clearly seen.


The tram stop is a solitary remainder of what was once a major revolutionary change in transport. Prior to the arrival of the tram in 1905, the people of Victoria Park were isolated from the city by the Swan River. Though ferries were available at South Perth and the causeway allowed pedestrians and horse and carts to cross the river flats, both still caused some difficulties. Cheap efficient and reliable public transport was therefore a boon to Victoria Park residents. In fact, the first tram crossing the Causeway was considered such an important event that a school holiday was declared. The tram service took people from Perth along Albany Road (later highway) to Duncan, Mint and Camberwell Streets. Later it was extended to the junction of Albany Highway and Shepperton Road and along Welshpool Road to the munition works during the war years. The tram service was not the smooth experience a train ride gives today. According to reminiscences of Victoria Menzies, an early Victoria Park resident, the trams rattled and bounced, often giving fear that the tram would leave the rails altogether. A consequence of trams was the attraction of businesses around the stops, eg. Terminus Butchers. The tram service in Perth grew markedly until the end of World War II but the 1950s saw their decline. Increasing cars and bus services that were not linked to rails took over as the popular form of transport. The last tram ran in 1958.






Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
"Newspaper Article". Southern Gazette
:Trams - A New Era.". Town of Victoria Park)

Place Type

Historic site


Epoch General Specific
Original Use Transport\Communications Road: Other
Present Use GOVERNMENTAL Other

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Other METAL Other Metal

Creation Date

14 Sep 2000

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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