Mends Street Jetty
Mends Street Jetty is located in South Perth in Western Australia. The jetty is on the southern shore of the Swan River in the section known as Perth Water. The ferry service is primarily used for accessing the Perth Zoo from the CBD.
|Location||South Perth Esplanade, South Perth|
|Owned by||Public Transport Authority|
It is unknown when the first jetty at Mends Street was built, however, with the opening of the Perth Zoo in October 1898 it was recognised that a regular cross-river ferry service was needed. Therefore, at about that time, the existing jetty was widened to 15 feet and an existing service which ran between William Street and Queen Street Jetty was extended to Mends Street.
The service was run by Joseph Charles who operated the Queen (later Empress) and the Princess. A few months later, Charles and his partner S. W. Copley started operating the PS Duchess, a locally constructed vessel. Duchess made its inaugural run to Mends Street Jetty on 11 December 1898, and plied the route for the following 29 years.
Later services included a business operated by Jack Olsen and Claes Sutton who ran a fleet including the Valfreda, Valkyrie I and II, Valhalla and the Valdhana between jetties at Point Belches near The Narrows, Mends Street and Coode Street.
|Ferry route||Destination / description|
| Mends Street Jetty|
|to Elizabeth Quay Jetty|
The jetty is also used for charter ferry services.
- Municipal Heritage Inventory City of South Perth January 2003
- "Wading". The Daily News (Third ed.). Perth. 14 June 1920. p. 7. Retrieved 3 June 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Passing of the Duchess". The West Australian. Perth. 20 August 1927. p. 18. Retrieved 4 May 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Farewell to the Duchess". The Daily News (Final ed.). Perth. 19 August 1927. p. 3. Retrieved 4 May 2015 – via National Library of Australia.