- Published: Friday, 13 January 2012 10:31
- Written by Lise Summers
Walking along the boardwalk at Claisebrook Cove in East Perth today, it may seem unlikely that this area was once the city's main industrial area. Even more unlikely, that it was the scene of a short lived and rather unusual experiment in agriculture – silkworm farming.
Claisebrook had originally been set aside as the town's abattoir, but this use soon lapsed. Instead, it became to be regarded as a potential site for a botanic garden, or agricultural nursery, something which it shared with nearby Third Swamp (now Hyde Park) and a number of other sites.