One reason I like going to see my osteopath (obviously not the reason of spending $100 on a visit) is that on his wall is a street map of Perth from quite some time ago, back when the freeway ran only from the Narrows bridge to Canning Hwy - a rather paltry 6km. Present day the freeway continues another 36km north and 65km to the south (or all the way to Bunbury if you add on Forrest Hwy). It also shows a variety of old urban railway stations that have long since been deconstructed.
One thing that always bothered me with the map though is that lakes are mapped in blue and pine plantations (such as the one that used to be on the site of the present Curtin Uni and the Gnangara plantations) are mapped in the same blue so at first glance it looks like there used to be a lot more water in Perth.
My childhood street does exist on his map but my current one does not. I don't actually recall the date of the map (I think maybe it might not be on it).
The cafe near my parents' from which I obtained coffee this morning has an 1967 suburban map of Adelaide on the wall, which I admired (and told the cafe owners about the 1987 sit-ins at the railway station when the passenger line through the hills to Bridgewater was being closed down).
The 1945 aerial photos are here
Sadly it doesn't seem to go all the way over to Perth. I assume that's because our border's closed.
There's an early 1900's map in our local cafe. It's almost identical to today's...
Wasn't Perth on a 1945 map just a big blank space marked "Here Be Dragons"?
The dragons at the time were sensible, having elected one of Australia's best PMs.
1945. That would be when Park Orchards was actually Orchards.
I imagine Fremantle very much considered itself Not Perth in 1945 (even more so than it does now).