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  • Applecross
    PerthWestern Australia
    Jacarandas in bloom
    Applecross is located in Perth
    Location in metropolitan Perth
    Coordinates 32°00′50″S 115°50′20″E / 32.014°S 115.839°E / -32.014; 115.839Coordinates: 32°00′50″S 115°50′20″E / 32.014°S 115.839°E / -32.014; 115.839
    Population 6,336 (2006 census)[1]
    Established 1896
    Postcode(s) 6153
    Location 7 km (4 mi) from Perth
    LGA(s) City of Melville
    State electorate(s) Alfred Cove
    Federal Division(s) Tangney
    Suburbs around Applecross:
    Swan River Swan River Swan River
    Swan River Applecross Swan River
    Alfred Cove Ardross Mount Pleasant

    Applecross is a riverside suburb of Perth, Western Australia, bounded by Canning Highway and the Swan River. It is located within the City of Melville.

    Name and early history

    The suburb of Applecross takes its name from the Applecross peninsula in Wester Ross, Highland, on the northwest coast of Scotland. Many of the streets in the suburb have names from the area, including Carron, Gairloch, Ullapool, Kintail, Strome, Ardross, Alness, Kishorn, Glenelg, Duncraig, Dunvegan, Killilan and Roskhill.[2]

    The suburb of Applecross was originally assigned to Lionel Lukin on 28 May 1830. The land was finally acquired by Alexander Matheson, second son of Sir Alexander Matheson, 1st Baronet of Lochalsh, in February 1896. Matheson formed the Western Australian Investment Company Limited and instigated and named the subdivision of the area.

    A distinguishing feature of the suburb is the jacaranda trees that line its streets and flower in the late spring. In keeping with this theme, Applecross is home to an annual Jacaranda festival in late November.

    World War II

    In 1940, the suburb was the location of a "Patriotic Grand Prix", a once only usage of the streets of the suburb for a car race known at the time as a "Round-the-houses" race.[3][4][5][6][7]


    A number of well known landmarks and facilities are in Applecross. These include:

    Notable residents

    Photos of the suburb


    1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Applecross (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
    2. ^ City of Melville Suburb and street History "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
    3. ^ Cocks, Graeme; Fremantle Motor Museum; Vintage Sports Car Club of WA (2006), Patriotic road racers : the Patriotic Grand Prix : 11 November 1940 : Applecross WA, Fremantle Motor Museum in association with the Vintage Sports Car Club of WA, ISBN 978-0-9757944-2-5
    4. ^ "PATRIOTIC GRAND PRIX AT APPLECROSS". The Mirror. Perth. 19 October 1940. p. 3. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
    5. ^ "MOTOR RACING". The West Australian. Perth. 4 November 1940. p. 3. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
    6. ^ Walker, Terry (1995). Fast Tracks - Australia's Motor Racing Circuits 1904-1995. Sydney: Turton & Armstrong. p. 18. ISBN 0908031556.
    7. ^ Galpin, Darren. "Applecross". GEL Motorsport Information Page. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
    source:,_Western Australia
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