Posted by Christine Goss on Aug 16, 2017
Bridget Curran, the Local History Curator at Belmont Museum gave an interesting and entertaining account of early life in Belmont at this week's meeting.  
Belmont was called Goorgyp by the local Noongar people and was, until European settlement, mainly swampland. The French first charted the river in 1801 and the earliest Europeans settlers later farmed along its banks. Aside from horse racing, one of the earliest industries in Belmont was pottery and Courtland Pottery was started in 1903 by the grandfather of one our members and continued up to him through three generation of his family. Some of our other members were also noted among Belmont's influential personalities.
Among the interesting artifacts housed in the Museum are five "Hampton Cheeses", jarrah wooden disks used to pave roads in 1860's and unearthed during the 2012 upgrade to Great Eastern Highway.  
The Museum is currently temporarily located at the Ruth Faulkner Public Library at Belmont. It's worth a visit.