Built on bricks . .
The area takes its name from Edward Robinson's farm, which in its day was considered to be a model farm. Robinson built his homestead in 1887, calling it Belle View. The bricks for the house were made on site from the local clay deposits. This natural resource led to commercial brickmaking in the area in the mid 1890s with the largest concentration of brickyards in WA being at one stage clustered near the Bellevue railway station. As a result Bellevue grew phenomenally.
. . a brickbat
Bellevue had an overhead bridge erected in a hurry, given that notices around the railway platform threatened prosecution for trespassing on the line, despite the fact it was impossible to reach the island platform without crossing the line.
. . and bacon
A smallgoods factory able to handle more than 600 pigs a week, railway workshops and an abattoir in nearby Midland, all now gone, boosted the sale of blocks in the area. The racecourse has gone too. A large portion of Bellevue that was originally in the Shire of Mundaring now falls within the neighbouring City of Swan.
A State Registered Place in Bellevue is the Belle View Farm.
Mosaic ref: 2006.50
Photo below: Joseph Hesketh's brickworks in Bellevue c.1915. Workers standing in front of the works' building.
Background photograph: View of Bellevue Railway Station looking eastwards pre 1920's. Timber station building with one window on the station platform at front of photo. Sign in front of building - 'NOTICE: NO THOROUGHFARE TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED' (Out of sight in this photograph). Railway tracks either side of building and crossing at back of building. Buildings on the right behind the station - Hesketh's place which was a boarding house is on the far right, building to the left is Hesketh's brickworks, Foggitt, Jones and Company bacon factory next to the brickworks. Signal box on the far left. Telegraph poles and other buildings in background. Fence on the right of station. Mosaic Ref: 2006.139
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