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City of South Perth
Western Australia
South Perth LGA WA.png
Population: 42,595 (2008)[1]
Established: 1892
Area: 19.8 km² (7.6 sq mi)
Mayor: James Best
Council Seat: South Perth
Region: South Metropolitan Perth
State District: South Perth
Federal Division: Swan
LGAs around City of South Perth:
Swan River Perth Victoria Park
Swan River City of South Perth Canning
Melville Melville Canning
Council Chamber Buildings

The City of South Perth is a Local Government Area in the inner southern suburbs of the Western Australian capital city of Perth, located about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south of Perth's central business district. The City covers an area of 19.9 square kilometres (7.7 sq mi), maintains 203 km of roads and a little over 4.3 km² of parks and gardens, and has a population of about 38,500 (2006).

The area broadly forms a peninsula, being bounded on three sides by the waters of the Swan and Canning rivers.



The South Perth Road District was formed on 9 June 1892 and the district became a municipality on 21 February 1902. It was granted City status on 1 July 1959.


The City of South Perth is divided into six wards, each of whom elect two councillors. The mayor is directly elected.

  • Civic Ward
  • Como Beach Ward
  • Manning Ward
  • McDougall Ward
  • Mill Point Ward
  • Moresby Ward



The City of South Perth is home to numerous primary schools, and five major secondary schools.



  • Collier Primary School
  • Como Primary School
  • Kensington Primary School
  • Manning Primary School
  • Saint Columba's College
  • Saint Pius X Primary School
  • South Kensington Primary School
  • South Perth Primary School


The Walter Murdoch Library is the central library in the City of South Perth. It is a dual-branch library, with branches in Manning and South Perth. The two libraries have in excess of 60,000 items including; books, magazines, music CD’s and DVD’s. Currently the South Perth branch is undergoing redevelopment and will re-open later in 2011. A smaller and diverse collection can be located at the Mends St Library, a temporary library located in South Perth. Walter Murdoch Library


Year Population
1903 947
1911 1,197
1921 2,960
1933 8,731
1947 15,266
1954 21,214
1961 29,941
1966 32,042
1971 31,702
1976 30,388
1981 31,524
1986 32,626
1991 34,007
1996 34,819
2001 35,228
2006 38,361



  • The History of South Perth, by F K Crowley. Rigby Limited 1962
  • Peninsula City, by Cecil Florey. City of South Perth 1995

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