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Nairn St

Nairn St is named after Major William Nairn (or Nairne) of the 46th, original grantee of Grass Valley near Northam. It is notable for the high proportion of early dwellings, for a street so close to the city centre, running as it does the one block between Market and Pakenham Sts. Some of the houses are used for commercial/professional purposes. There was a major fire around 1901 at the Eureka Flour Mill, most of which still stands.

1 and 3 Nairn St are a pair of semis.

2-4 Nairn St would be what is now Pakenham Apartments, at 56 Pakenham St, on the corner with Nairn St, which in 1998 was a warehouse and offices for W.D. Moore. It later provided accommodation for a confectionary manufacturer, a wool broker, a skin and hide store, a ship repairer, a panel beater, a designer, and an oyster supplier, tho not all at the same time.

There is currently a restaurant called Strange Company at 5 Nairn St, in a new building.


The present Eureka Flour Mill was built in 1876, but there was another such building on the site from 1870. It is no. 6, near the Pakenham end of the street.


An 1890 pair of houses at 14-16 Nairn St.


This old building on the corner of Nairn and Market Street was occupied in the 1950s by J F Graham Real Estate and by Bell Bros Tyres. The original shingles were being replaced with iron when this photo was taken. FHC #4717.

References and Links

Hutchison, David 2006, Fremantle Walks, Fremantle Arts Centre Press: 182.

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