Onslow is a coastal town in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, 1,386 kilometres (861 mi) north of Perth. It has a population of 667 people and is in the Shire of Ashburton local government area.
Once a major exporter of wool, Onslow features salt mines as well as being flanked by major mine sites in Tom Price and Paraburdoo, this port is yet another window into WA’s major exports in minerals.
During World War II, Onslow was the most southerly town in Australia bombed by the Japanese
The Cliffe is a large, historic home in the exclusive Perth suburb of Peppermint Grove. Built in the 1890s by Neil McNeil it is almost unique for being constructed near-exclusively of jarrah wood (McNeil ran a jarrah business and wanted to demonstrate it’s suitability as a building material).
In the 1920s it was sold to prominent industrialist Lance (later Sir Lance) Brisbane - founder of Bristile and creator of Wembly Ware. His family inhabited the property until 1960.
When the Brisbanes moved out the property was purchased by the McComb family. Two of their sons, David and Robert, founded iconic Western Australian band the Triffids in the late 1970s. The band used the house for writing, rehearsals and recorded several demo tapes there. The McCombs moved out in 1995 and the property was sold to developer Mark Creasy.
The property is now in imminent danger of demolition after some (allegedly) dodgy dealings in both houses of Parliament that saw it removed from the Heritage Register. The pro and anti-demolition camps are engaged in a war of words over the state of the property and how much it would cost to restore it, and the current State Premier has got caught up in claims of corruption (the property being in his constituency and his son having connections to the Creasys).
The Cliffe will almost certainly be demolished and the land turned into expensive apartments. This is the usual fate of historic buildings on valuable land in Perth.
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