West Leederville
PerthWestern Australia
Fallen Soldiers Memorial, West Leederville
Coordinates31°56′17″S 115°49′55″E / 31.938°S 115.832°E / -31.938; 115.832Coordinates: 31°56′17″S 115°49′55″E / 31.938°S 115.832°E / -31.938; 115.832
Population3,806 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density2,720/km2 (7,040/sq mi)
Area1.4 km2 (0.5 sq mi)
Location3 km (2 mi) NW of the Perth CBD
LGA(s)Town of Cambridge
State electorate(s)Churchlands
Federal division(s)Curtin
Suburbs around West Leederville:
Wembley Lake Monger Leederville
Wembley West Leederville Leederville
Subiaco Subiaco West Perth

West Leederville is a suburb 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) northwest of the central business district of Perth, the capital of Western Australia, and is within the Town of Cambridge. It used to be integrated with Leederville prior to the construction of the Mitchell Freeway through the suburb in 1972.

The tiny section east of Southport Street is a commercial area with several warehouses, taking advantage of its location at the end of the Graham Farmer Freeway. The rest of the suburb is medium-density residential. The suburb backs onto Subiaco Oval and St John of God Subiaco Hospital. Many of the original residences still stand, with most being renovated next to newer double storey dwellings, leafy streets with some properties gaining views of the city. "Hill of Tara" is a newer subdivision with larger homes on bigger blocks, with many affording view of Lake Monger.

It is served by a bus service along Cambridge Street and the Leederville train station (Joondalup line) and West Leederville train station (Fremantle line).


West Leederville, though informally known by that name for many years, was officially gazetted as a suburb in 1998.[2][3]

West Leederville is the earliest area of residential subdivision in the Town of Cambridge. It was originally formed from the sale and subdivision of the estate of William Henry Leeder that occurred from 1891. West Leederville Primary School was founded in 1898. Most of West Leederville's residential land was subdivided prior to 1903.

The Home of the Good Shepherd Convent (now the Catholic Education Centre) was established in 1903 by the Good Shepherd Sisters.[4][5]

Most of West Leederville was well developed with houses before 1925.

Until the 1950s, a tram ran down Woolwich Street. With a one in fourteen gradient, Woolwich Street was one of the steepest tram lines in the city.[6]

Subdivision of the Hill of Tara occurred in the 1990s when land was released around the Catholic Education Centre in Ruislip Street.[7]

Leederville Town Hall and Recreation Complex

The Leederville Town Hall & Recreation Complex is bounded by Holyrood Street, Tower Street and Cambridge Street. It forms a central focus of West Leederville. It is historically significant in the development of Leederville and the surrounding district, and was developed in response to the rapid expansion of the suburb prior to the First World War. It was designed by A. E. Clarke and built in 1916 by local builder, W. H. Roberts.

The Leederville Bowling Club was established to the rear of the Leederville Town Hall in 1906, and continues to operate both as a bowling club and a social venue. The bowling club was the first sporting facility established on the site and was developed in association with the Excelsior Masonic Lodge.

The Fallen Soldier’s Memorial was designed and executed in 1924 by Pietro Porcelli.[8]

The Leederville Croquet Club operated on the site from 1908 until 2006.[9]

In 2007 the West Leederville Residents Association began a community garden[10] on an unused area of council land next to the bowling club.

Notable residents

Future prime minister Bob Hawke lived on Tate Street, West Leederville, during his childhood.[11]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "2011 Community Profiles: State Suburbs: West Leederville". 2011 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 4 July 2012. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of metropolitan suburb names – W". Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  3. ^ "West Leederville". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government.
  4. ^ "The Good Shepherd Story". Archived from the original on 29 December 2008. Retrieved 26 September 2007.
  5. ^ Byrne, Geraldine (2002). Built on a hilltop : a history of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Western Australia, 1902-2002. 1 (1 ed.). Leederville, Western Australia: Sisters of the Good Shepherd. ISBN 0-9581827-1-X.
  6. ^ ABC Radio 720 'Last Tram Out of Perth' Wednesday, 20 July 2005[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Town of Cambridge Residential Design Guidelines Precinct Statements February 2003" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 August 2008. Retrieved 26 September 2007.
  8. ^ "Register of Heritage Places - Leederville Town Hall and Recreation Complex" (PDF). Heritage Council of Western Australia. 17 October 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2007.
  9. ^ http://www.geocities.com/croquetwest/History.htm[dead link]
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Bob Hawke: The Labor Prime Minister with strong links to Western Australia". 7 News. 17 May 2019. Retrieved 7 July 2019.