Crawley, Western Australia facts for kids
Perth, Western Australia
|Population||3,108 (2011 census)|
|Location||5 km (3 mi) SW of Perth CBD|
The Crawley Edge Boatshed is a well-recognised and frequently photographed site in Crawley. It is thought to have been originally constructed in the early 1930s. It has changed hands several times, and after being refurbished in the early 2000s, it was re-launched by triple solo-circumnavigator of the world, Jon Sanders, and single solo-circumnavigator David Dicks.
A statue called Eliza is also located in Matilda Bay in the Swan River, in Crawley. Created by Tony and Ben Jones, the statue was unveiled on 15 October 2007, to commemorate Crawley Baths, Perth's prime competition and recreational swimming venue from 1914-1964. Eliza is often dressed up in clothing to represent special occasions.
The Royal Perth Yacht Club re-established on the shore of Pelican Point also in Crawley, after moving from its location in Perth, in 1953.
World War flying boat base
The Swan River at Crawley was utilised before the war as a flying boat landing location
During World War II, the bay in the Swan River at Crawley was the location of a flying boat base, for Patrol Wing 10 which had to leave Surabaya in Java. The base was also known as Pelican Point due to the feature in the river being the defining and identifiable location from the air, at the end of the bay.
After the war and decommissioned as a base a move to re-develop and expand the base was opposed
It was also the start point for The Double Sunrise squadron which was formed in 1943 to keep the air route between Australia and the United Kingdom open.
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