Julie Matheson

CFP Business Specialist | Local Government Expert | Community Advocate

Daglish – the Garden Suburb Movement

The precinct of Daglish is located near the Daglish Train Station.  The State Government’s Planning Commission plans to infill suburbs near train stations regardless of the needs and wishes of the local community.

The community of Daglish have been told the ONLY way to save Daglish from developers is place the entire area in a “heritage conservation” policy with Subiaco Council.

Nice idea, but….

The draft policy for Daglish proposes Burra Charter heritage management over the entire area instead of using other tools like front and rear garden setbacks, street layout and no subdivision of existing blocks.

Subiaco residents love the charm and character of existing home designs and want to replicate or imitate them in new builds and home extensions.

Daglish Garden Suburb Movement

This is a NO NO according to the Burra Charter.  Practice Note Nov 2013 advises “imitative solutions should generally be avoided: they can mislead the onlooker and may diminish the strength and visual integrity of the original. Well-designed new work can have a positive role in the interpretation of a place”We disagree.  All new work in Subiaco based on the Burra Charter looks like a tissue box on the back of a character home or building.

Black Tissue Box development cnr block

Therefore the community of Daglish want a smart innovative approach to protecting Daglish from the ravishes of developers.  The Burra Charter is the wrong approach. Residents are unhappy and will resist pressures from the WA Planning Commission to comply with heritage orders or be infilled!

Click here on Canberra’s Garden City Movement for inspiration on a conservation policy for Daglish.

Other principles might include:

  • Road design
  • Street corners rounded for improved traffic visibility
  • Private detached homes for single families with ample front, side and rear gardens
  • Park like environment
  • A distinct community with its own identity
  • Abundance of well-distributed open space
  • Strict land use zoning for housing and commercial areas


In 1928, homes in the Garden Suburb of Daglish were advertised for sale representing a lifestyle inspired by the Garden Suburb (City) Movement which originated in England from the late 1800s.

welwyn-garden-city-an-example-of-town-planning-d8609f“Borne out of the need to establish safe, healthy living environments for the expanding working class of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, the Garden City movement aspired to combine the best elements of town and country life.” Ref: Garden City Values and Principles, Canberra, 2008

According to a report to Subiaco Council, “more than 80% of the houses within the 1925 Daglish Land Release were constructed in the period 1927 to 1939 and this relatively short period of development has provided the legacy of a good representative collection of modest suburban houses of the Inter-War era, set within cohesive streetscapes. The majority of these houses were realized in the fairly conventional form of single-storey face-brick and/or rendered dwellings with simple stepped facades and gable-hipped or hipped tiled roofs. Variations in the application of wall materials and finishes, verandah and porch detailing, and gable detailing provide a sense of diversity and interest to what were essentially relatively modest suburban streetscapes, dominated by detailing and finishes associated with the popular California Bungalow style. ”

“About 33% of the houses within the 1925 Daglish Land Release were constructed under the Workers’ Homes Board (WHB) or War Service Homes schemes. After 1930, these houses largely eschewed the prominent verandah and gable detailing associated with the California Bungalow and were instead designed with distinctive entrance porches (often with subtle detailing inspired by Functionalist, Mediterranean, Free Classical or Spanish Mission styles), paired with hipped roofs and hipped or flat window awning.”

It is worth noting the Daglish heritage assessment concluded:

“None of the houses within the 1925 Daglish Land Release have been assessed as being individually significant, but collectively they provide a good representative example of suburban development in Subiaco (and the Perth metropolitan area more generally) during the mid-late Inter-War era.”

One comment on “Daglish – the Garden Suburb Movement

  1. Pingback: Game, Set, Match to Daglish | Julie Matheson

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