Residents to get a glimpse of Mandurah’s past

Belmont resident Bob Corby will help nostalgic Mandurah residents to step back in time and relive their memories from when Mandurah was only a small fishing town with his new book Footprints Through Time in Mandurah.

The book shares images of Mandurah’s iconic past, including the old Peninsula Hotel, Sutton Farm, Smart Street and the foreshore, and compares them with current photos of the same sites.

Mr Corby, who has already published three similar books about Perth, decided to share a glimpse of Mandurah’s past after inheriting a photo album full of snaps of his holidays as a child at his grandma’s house in Peel Street.

“I grew up in Mandurah on weekends,” he said.

“It was my playground as a kid.

“The feelings just flooded back of me as a kid down there playing in the foreshore and the old bridge, it was just terrific.”

He got in touch with the Mandurah Community Museum, who got the project on board and supplied him more than 200 photos of Mandurah’s colourful past.

Mr Corby selected the best shots, took his small compact Canon camera down to Mandurah and photographed the same locations.

“It just brings back the memories, it’s just wonderful,” he said.

He said Mandurah only preserved very few original buildings and hoped the remaining historical and heritage landmarks would be preserved in the future.

“Whatever they do, they cant rid of them,” he said.

“That’s Mandurah to me.”

An official book launch will be held at the Mandurah Community Museum late June, where residents and visitors will be able to step back in time while getting a taste of Mr Corby’s work.