WRITING CASE PAD
Rectangular piece of stiff material padded and covered with blue leather with a pattern imprinted around the border on one side. The reverse is covered in newspaper. As noted is located in the lid and used as a rest to enable correspondence.
The writing case was obtained by Alfred in the United Kingdom (probably London as that was where their family lived) before 1876 when he and his older brother William left the UK for WA following the death of their father. The two boys spent time working in Perth before being granted land around Forrestdale Lake in January 1 1885. The William and Alfred were two of the first European to move to the district and grew vegetables on their property which were sold in Fremantle.
InFebruary 1912 Alfred married Lillian Dumsday. In 1913 they had their first child Alfred George Skeet, followed by Laura (1913), Margery (1915), William Clive (1917, died Jan 1918) & Lillian Ursula (1919). That same year he led a campaign to get a telephone facility set up around Forrestdale which was installed in 1918 and for the erection of a Community Hall on Forrest Road, opposite the East Jandakot railway station. As chairman of the hall building committee Alfred opened the new hall in May 1914. He also represented the district on the Armadale Kelmscott Road Board in 1929
Alfred died in 1945 and is buried in Fremantle Cemetery, in same plot as his brother William who died in 1918.
On the 6th of February 2011, the Roleystone Kelmscott Bushfire destroyed over 70 homes in the east Kelmscott and south west Roleystone area. Residents were evacuated to the Armadale Arena, which became the centre for helping those effected by the fire. This sign was put on a notice board for people at the centre. This collection represents not only the destructive nature of the bushfire but also how the local and wider Western Australian community came together to help those in need. This collection is also part of a far broader story about Western Australia's relationship with fire.