Treeby History

A place where Indigenous, families and businesses have thrived

A Pioneer Family

Treeby was named after Cockburn pioneers Joseph and Emma Treeby, who settled in the area and developed a market garden in the 1890s. They had eight children – three girls and five boys.


They worked as a family to clear the land and set up the garden. The population boom of the gold rush saw strong demand for fresh vegetables, and this area became known as the ‘food bowl’ of WA.



The Significance of Banjup Memorial Park

Three of the Treeby sons were active servicemen during World War I. One son, Frederick Treeby of the 10th Light Horse, was killed in action in 1918, and his brother Harold was wounded. Details are depicted on the plaque erected at the Banjup Memorial Reserve, which is located within Treeby.

Banjup Memorial Park was established after World War I. A gum tree was planted for each of the fourteen men from the district who had enlisted. If any of the trees dies, another is planted in its place.

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The Origins of Banjup

Formerly part of Banjup locality, the Treeby name was approved on 16th September 2016.  In 1889, Surveyor James Oxley recorded the names of two water features as ‘Lake Bangup’ and ‘Bangdown Swamp’. It is unknown who created these names, but only ‘Bangup Lake’ was shown on the map.

In 1907, a railway station for the Armadale – Jandakot Railway link was built. The station was 3.6 kilometres north of ‘Bangup Lake’ and was named ‘Banjupp’. It is assumed this was a misspelling of the original name of the lake. The name ‘Banjupp’ was used until the spelling was further amended to Banjup in 1944.


The White ‘Calsil’ Brick

Midland brick also operated a Masonry plant on this land for over 50 years and produced a beautiful white ‘Calsil’ brick.  Sand was mixed with aggregate and then processed into bricks.  We have used recycled bricks from this plant in some of the development.

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Indigenous Heritage

The Whadjuk Tribe of the Noongar People previously lived in this area.  Whadjuk are the people of the Swan River plains and their region included 5,580 km across Perth, Fremantle, Joondalup, Armadale, Toodyay, Wundowie, Chidlow and Bullsbrook.

Whaduk Nyungar managed the coast for tens of thousands of years.  They traditionally lived in extended family groups, caring for country.  The many natural lakes of this area provided a good source of food and water for the local Indigenous people.


According to traditional owner Dorothy Winmar’s account, life in the area was very comfortable.

“…my Grandmother told me….it sounded like paradise. They didn’t want for anything.”

So, with great respect to our indigenous custodians and early pioneers, we’re hoping to continue to the traditions of the land in creating a healthy community in which you and your family can thrive.