A collusion of five tandem and six single bikes rode river paths and quiet streets from Canning Bridge to Dalkeith at dusk on Mother’s Day last Sunday. The troupe’s destination was the historic 1906 site of the former Claremont Old Men’s Home, established as a hostel for homeless men during Perth’s gold-rush inspired building boom. Now a heritage listed public space, its numerous former residents included Samuel Speed who died in 1938 aged 97. He was WA’s last surviving former convict, transported to Australia for arson in 1866. He died a free but poor man. The facility was renamed “Sunset” in 1943 and eventually closed in 1995 prior to heritage listing.
After soaking up a little history and experiencing the peace of sunset over the Swan River, our fearless troop switched on their bike lights for the return trip around Mount’s Bay Road and down the freeway bike path to Canning Bridge for a group dinner at a nearby pizzeria.
As usual a big vote of thanks goes to WATCAC’s ride co-ordinator Jennifer and to all our riders for their support. Stay tuned for further weird and wonderful WATCAC rides.
For more information on Sunset Hospital have a look at the links below: