Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A 'stylish' stinky memento from the past!



Alerted by a story I read in the newspaper I went on the hunt for possibly the strangest subject for the blog to date! Who would have thought there was something with an unsavoury past lurking on this leafy, tree lined street in Northbridge. Dated between 1911 - 1930 there are nine 15mtr tall pipes referred to as 'stink pipes' because their purpose was to dispel noxious odours from the sewerage system scattered around the city. I cannot believe how many times I must have passed these vents without giving them a second glance. One of the more unusual mementos of the history of Perth to be included in the State Register of Heritage Places.


Don't know how this one on the corner of Cook and Loftus has escaped my eagle eye! The pipes which may be modeled on English sewer gas lamps, have decorative circular ornate cast iron bases with fluting and moulding containing the letters M S (Metropolitan Sewerage). Despite their function I think the decommissioned pipes are rather a charming reminder of the past. You can't say I don't give you variety :) :) Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..


38 comments:

  1. I heard about this on the radio the other day on the way to work. Is this what they look like? Rather pretty, I was expecting something rather boring.

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  2. I think they look great regardless of their former "job"!! And they are unique!! Great shots for the day as always, Grace!! Your blog and posts are my favorite way to start my day -- with a giggle and grin!!

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  3. Pieces of the past--gone. Oh well.

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  4. Ja maar het zijn nog mooie restanten.

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  5. At least they don't stink now....

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  6. How interesting! They are rather ornate - glad that they have been kept as part of the streetscape.

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  7. How very unusual and interesting. Stink pipes. Put that into your pipe and smoke it! :) And I've learned something new again from your blog! Merci!

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  8. No worry's we have them as well, even out in the sticks near me

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  9. I don't know what to say, Grace! ;-)

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  10. Gosh, I thought they were old lampposts!!!

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  11. Wow. They look like some decorative lamp posts I have seen in Melbourne. But Melbourne's ones are green. Now I'm wondering.

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  12. Wow, Grace, (formerly) stinky or not - we don´t have anything like that here! So much for history and Europe!

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  13. Lamps powered by sewerage gas? How interesting. How do you know those in your photo have been decommissioned? There was no odour?

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  14. They are charming with such a delicate and ornate design too! One might think they were street lamps by the looks of them. You sure discover interesting bits of everything for us here, very enjoyable.

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  15. I learned a new word from you, a "stink pipe", how funny is that. More cities should have them.

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  16. As they say Grace 'variety is the spice of life'..

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  17. A very different and novel way to disperse bad odors. Makes some sense tho.

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  18. Now that is interesting Grace! I have never heard of such a thing.

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  19. They look like old lamp-post Grace ... it's amazing how photography opens up our world and we note things that once we would have missed. .

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  20. Never heard of this in any city in the world,although I've visited a couple that could use it.

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  21. I wouldn't want to walk past those.

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  22. Stinky pipes, the title makes me giggle!

    Janis
    GDP

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  23. I never thought about something like this, Grace, very curious...

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  24. Decorative "Stink" pipes. I shall be ever more alert on my photographic expeditions in the future Grace.

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  25. Interessant "stink Rohre"was es nicht alles gibt.

    Gruß
    Noke

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  26. What a strange and curious story... I have never heard before of stink pipes!

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  27. Here we have stink bugs, stink weed, skunk cabbage and plain old stinky sewage lift stations and treatment plants. Love the stink pipes. Quite creative.

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  28. A very interesting find for sure. I seem to recall something like this in my old home town in Illinois but I'm not sure. It's kind of eye opening to see how things were done in the past.

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  29. Interesting historical post this morning.

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  30. "stink pipes" ha! at least they made them decorative to look at!

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  31. Edinburgh had these also. Old fashioned and much more attractive lamp posts may have been the base of the pipes.

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  32. Never heard about something like that before.

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