History of Banksia Grove

Discover the story behind Banksia Grove, from the estate’s unique name to the rich history of the Wanneroo region.

Where did the name “Banksia Grove” come from?

Did you know that Banksia Grove was formerly named Cockman after the early settler family of James and Mary Ann?

The Cockman family were early settlers of the Swan River Colony, arriving in 1829. James arrived aboard the Callista as an indentured servant of George Leake and Mary Ann arrived aboard the Atwick, also as an indentured servant. Their marriage in 1830 was the first Anglican marriage in the colony. 

James and Mary Ann settled in the Wanneroo Area back in 1860 (where their historic home still remains). The suburb was then renamed Banksia Grove in 1998, after the abundance of banksia flowers that are native to the area.

Wanneroo: A story carved from stone

Well known for the mining of Limestone, the Wanneroo region is also famous for its production of Lime which began in about 1910. 

After World War II, the lime kilns reopened and during the 1950s and 1960s, the Wanneroo area supplied most of the State’s needs, exporting lime as far afield as Darwin. 

Nowadays, there are only a few that are still operating.

Banksia Grove today

Designed with the vision of a fully-integrated and connected community that is welcoming to all, Banksia Grove has blossomed into one of Perth’s most attractive northern suburbs due to its superior location, beautiful natural surrounds, and thriving social scene.

As a community that is committed to sustainability and a high quality of life, you’ll find a range of homes designed for comfort and careful consideration of the environment, in an area that is well-serviced by a great selection of schools, shops, transport services and other key amenities.

Explore Banksia Grove’s Master Plan

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Getting around Banksia Grove

Enjoy easy access to Joondalup, the Perth CBD, and other major centres thanks to direct access to the Mitchell Freeway via Flynn Drive.

Transport in Banksia Grove
Schools and Child Care

With a great mix of childcare, primary, and secondary schools, quality education is just around the corner.

Schools in Banksia Grove
Shopping and dining out

With the vibrant and lively Banksia Grove Village at its heart, all the essentials are walking distance from your door.

Shopping in Banksia Grove

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