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Bull Creek, Western Australia

HistoryEdit

Prior to European settlement, Bull Creek was inhabited by Aboriginal people from the Wadjuk Beeliar tribe. They used the wetlands as a summer source of food and fresh water. The area is significant to the Beeliar and is referred to as Gabbiljee, the watery place at the end of the river.[3]

The name was adopted by the City of Melville Council in December 1968. The creek was named after an early settler, Henry Bull[4] to whom a grant of 1.20 km² of nearby land was made in 1830. A larger grant of 5.20 km² later in that year was made to Thomas Middleton; it is this land that today makes up the largest part of the suburb. The name, Bull Creek is also often, but incorrectly, written as the single word "Bullcreek".

EducationEdit

Bull Creek is served by both government and private schools. The suburb has two state primary schools, Bull Creek Primary and Oberthur Primary. All Saints' College is a private school situated on the northern side of the suburb. Bull Creek is served by three state government high schools; Rossmoyne Senior High School takes students residing north of Parry Avenue, Leeming Senior High School takes students from south of Parry Avenue. Students living south of Parry Avenue and east of Wheatley Drive can choose to go to Willetton Senior High School. There are also a number of private schools in the nearby suburbs of Bateman, Murdoch and Winthrop. Bull Creek is two kilometres from Murdoch University.

TransportEdit

Bull Creek railway station is situated in the Kwinana Freeway median strip at Leach Highway, the inter-suburban Mandurah railway line running perpendicular to Leach Highway. The station features integrated bus services on the concourse level; this level operates as a bus station. The station officially opened on 23 December 2007 and services both the Perth CBD and the neighbouring city of Mandurah.

FacilitiesEdit

On the southern side of Bull Creek on South St, is the Stockland Bull Creek shopping centre. It has a wide range of shops including a supermarket, a large discount department store, large liquor store and bar as well as about 50 smaller speciality shops. There are also a number of fast food restaurants and banks in its vicinity. A smaller shopping area is also located in Parry Avenue and comprises an independent supermarket (open 7 days a week), chemist, newsagency, a number of small eateries and real estate agents.

The Aviation Heritage Museum is located on Bull Creek Drive. It is operated by the RAAF Association of Western Australia.[5]

ParklandEdit

Bull Creek has numerous parks, including John Creaney Park. The reserve is named after a manager of Hooker and Rex Estates, who established the park when subdividing.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Bull Creek (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  2. ^ Emma Wynne (20 August 2015). "Bull Creek: From camel stop to traffic hub in Perth suburbs". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Bull Creek". City of Melville. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  4. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of metropolitan suburb names – B". Retrieved 2013-05-27.
  5. ^ Welcome to the Aviation Heritage Museum, retrieved 2013-10-27