WA’S Sunshine League has all but disappeared from history, but in the early 1900s WA kids were donating their pocket money towards its push for a children’s hospital.
It took 12 years of public subscriptions, in some cases a penny at a time, including from Ruth Street 13-year-old, Viola Hodgkinson.
Like many youngsters writing to the Daily News’ children’s column’s “Uncle” Tom in 1908, she had a highly developed social sense.
“Dear Uncle Tom,” she writes. “I was very sorry that I could not go to the children’s orphanage…[but] we are going to visit the [aged care] homes more regularly.
“PS I am sending you nine penny stamps for the children’s hospital.”
Her Ruth Street home is as warm and fuzzy as young Viola, and a sense of peaceful tranquility shone down as I walked through the gate and up to the bright yellow door — even the miserable weather couldn’t dampen enthusiasm as I gazed at the timber deck from the sheltering bull-nosed verandah.
The vendor owns the quirky, uber-stylish, William Topp shop on William Street, and this two-bedroom delight looks like it stepped out of the pages of a home magazine, with its immaculate white walls and polished jarrah floors.
High ceilings and deep skirting, along with lovely ceiling roses and cute fireplaces keep the home’s heritage to the forefront — in a contemporary way that makes it perfect for DINKS, or a single professional seeking a cosy inner city nest — or a fantastically located first home.
The central lounge, with its open fire, is a sophisticated link to a rear extension, with a wall of glass and timber opening onto the kitchen/dining area, where terracotta replaces jarrah on the floor.
The aged timber of the kitchen cupboards have a trendy shabby-chic look, adding to the heritage charm of the space.
Invited mates around for a barbie? Throw open the french doors and let the party begin in the very private courtyard garden.
The Re Store is a couple of blocks away ensuring provisions for a great cook-up, but if cooking isn’t your thing there’s no shortage of eateries, and a pub, mere minutes away on foot.
by JENNY D’ANGER
57 Ruth Street, Perth
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