By P Chong
Canning Road – Once Just A Dirt Track
Kalamunda is named from the Aboriginal words “cala” meaning home, and “munnda” meaning forest, thus Kalamunda means “a home in the forest“
Up in Perth Hills perched this unique village that will consume your heart with many delights . . . shopping, eating, hiking, or arts & crafts, history & modernity, all of which will capture your hearts with new experiences.
Unique Sunday Farmers’ Market . . . First Saturday Monthly Market . . . MUST SEE!
KALAMUNDA, up in Perth Hills, among the trees
Where once the train zig-zagged up its way in spree Gumnut Fountain at Kalamunda Town Entrance
It used to be a health and holiday resort
With scattered stilted buildings of sorts.
Kalamunda of old had a post office and chemist
A closely-knit community with just one dentist
A doctor, two butchers, a guest house and a pub
Nothing buzzing like the present hub.
Canning Road was nothing but a narrow dirt track
With trees on both sides to spread
Today’s traffic come and go
That was never seen before.
The air was fresh, the trees were green
The atmosphere was certainly most serene
The Greenies then would have no complaint
There was nothing absolutely needed to be explained.
Present Kalamunda is one of changing scene
With new developments everywhere to be seen
Kalamunda Central appears so monstrous now
Striking out the rural setting of renown.
To grow to progress is to change
Kalamunda could never be the same
Generally changes are met with resistance
Time alone will render its assistance.
With the growth of facilities will bring
Hopefully a steady stream of beings
Population must increase, business will surely grow
Kalamunda can never be like before.
Sunday Farmers’ Market in Central Mall
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