Forrest Chase has been a Perth Retail Original for over 30 years, but the landmark dates back over 120 years to the retail days of Perth Department store Boans.
Dating back to 1896, Boans department store was the first permanent structure to reside where Forrest Chase now stands. Boans Bros department store was founded November of 1895 and constructed by brothers Benjamin and Harry Boans. Boans Bros was a successful department store, destined to become the single largest private employer in Western Australia. A landmark and icon over most of the 20th century, Boans lived through a fire in 1979 and lived on for another 7 years before being transformed into the cities new Myer department store, which still remains in Forrest chase to this day.
In xxx the Padbury building was constructed by William Padbury.
Recent upgrades to Forrest Place have re-established the space as a prominent and important landmark within Perth City. Forrest Place is a common meeting place and event hub for art and music displays, concerts, fashion parades, school holiday activities and the popular Friday and weekend markets.
The GPO building completed in 1923 after 2 decades of planning and construction, stands proud across Forrest Place as Forrest Chases long-standing neighbour.
The accessible location of the landmark has always proven to be a popular dwelling for locals and tourists alike and to this day, Forrest Chase remains a popular destination, filled with memories shared across many generations.
* The land where Forrest Chase resides is recognised Wadjuk Boodjar (Wadjuk County).
Padbury Buildings were built in 1924 and ran the full length of Forrest Place between Wellington and Murray Streets. In 1990, the buildings and contribution of Walter Padbury were commemorated in a brass plaque on Padbury Walk between Forrest Chase and Carillon City. The plaque reads:
“The Walk Is Named In Memory of Walter Padbury 1817 – 1907. Walter Padbury was orphaned in 1830 in the new colony of Western Australia. At the age of 12 he was left penniless and homeless. He achieved a unique greatness from the southern west to the northern Pilbara. No one opened up more land than he for agriculture and grazing. He was a major importer and exporter, the State’s first millionaire, a champion of the poor, and a great philanthropist.”
The plaque has been removed by Lendlease and returned to the City of Perth.