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Victory Heights - Suburb Profile
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Suburb In Profile – Victory Heights

From the Kalgoorlie Miner 6 Aug 1947
An early appreciation of the inevitable housing shortage that would follow the cessation of hostilities in the last war, resulted in the Boulder Municipal Council embarking upon a housing scheme. Preliminary plans were prepared for the use of the RAAF hutment on the Boulder Racecourse for temporary housing. With amendments to the Municipal Corporation Act in January 1946, which provided authority for Municipalities to undertake housing projects, the council decided that permanent homes would be preferable to a temporary scheme.
RAAF buildings were purchased from the Commonwealth Disposals Commission at a total cost of £8460, an area of vacant land (blocks) in West Boulder and North of Burt Street was vested in the council as endowment land and a loan of £25,000 was raised.
Plans and specifications of six distinct types of homes were prepared and a programme arranged for the erection of fifty homes. Construction was commenced early this year (1947) and on the 30th March, the Mayor, Mr JD Teahan, officially opened the first six completed homes.
The popular design selected by the applicants is a four roomed house with a hallway, front verandah, bathroom and wash house. The rooms are lined with flush jointed fibrous plaster and fibrolite cement roofing is a feature of the homes. The council’s contract also includes the front fencing. The cost of the homes ranged from £500 to £550.
The name ‘Victory Heights’ was given to the new locality as a result of a competition among local school children. There were a total of 125 applicants for the 50 homes and preferment was given to ex-servicemen and others according to their family’s needs. It is expected that the contract for all 50 homes will be completed by the end of this year.
‘Victory Heights” is the name chosen by Boulder Council as the most suitable name for the site of their municipal housing scheme. Council conducted a competition among local school children
and more than 300 entries were received. Building committee selected 12 names for final consideration by the Council.
Prize-winning for ‘Victory Heights” were submitted by Peggy Dixon, Moira Sutherland, Valeri Maynard and Ella Cerinich.

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