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..