If walls could talk

Names are being sought for the faces that appear in a series of poignant photographs taken of Cowle Street residents 35 years ago, including these two youngsters. Photo by David Forrester-Walker.

NAMES are being sought for the faces that appear in a series of poignant photographs taken of Cowle Street residents 35 years ago.

David Forrester-Walker lived in the “humble to modest” West Perth street in 1986, and for a student photography project he photographed neighbours inside their homes, on their porches, and in their backyards. 

He’s donated the photos to Vincent council’s Local History Centre, and Vincent mayor Emma Cole says “they’re beautiful portraits but unfortunately he didn’t have all the information for the people in them,” with some unknown and others only having first names. 

“Thanks to our community members, we’ve been able to fill in some of the gaps.”

Portrait of George & Mick, residents of Cowle Street West Perth, 1986. COV LHC. Photos by David Forrester-Walker.

The centre’s historians have been trying to find others, which addresses they were at, and last week an unnamed couple were identified when relatives saw a Vincent Library’s social media post featuring an older couple in their luscious backyard. 

“We learnt that the picture was of Carmelina and Luigi D’Amico of 47 Cowle Street,” Ms Cole says. “Both have since passed away but they have five children, 18 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 21 great-great grandchildren.”

Pina D’Amico saw the photo and identified her “beautiful nonno Luigi and nonna Carmelina” and posted that she had “beautiful memories of Cowle Street”. She saw it one day before Carmelina’s birthday on February 14. 

The photographs are viewable via cityofvincent.imagegallery.me (just put in the keyword “Cowle Street”) and let the Local History Centre know if you recognise any of the people or addresses.

By DAVID BELL

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