Wyndham History

Kendall Blacksmiths,
Cherry Street and Princes Highway,
Werribee

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Kendall Blacksmiths,
Cherry Street and Princes Highway,
Werribee

Description

A corrugated iron building with internal framing in timber and metal.

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Date

1997

Publisher

Context Pty Ltd

Source

City of Wyndham Heritage Study 1997

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text

Language

eng

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Kendall’s building – once a blacksmith’s shop – is a familiar landmark at the edge of the Werribee town centre. The building is a simple shed in form, corrugated iron clad, and with internal framing in timber and metal. It is assumed that the building has been modified and adapted many times over the years to meet changing needs.  Nevertheless, it retains a use closely related to its original purpose and continues to trade under the original family name of Kendall.

This iron building has been the business premises of the Kendall family from the early 1920s, when Norman Kendall opened his wheelwright shop there. In 1922-23, Kendall was rated for a shop on Lot 1 on the Melbourne Road, now the Princes Highway.  This was an obviously excellent location for an important business during a period of prosperity in the Werribee township.

From the turn of the century Norman Kendall was the owner of a modest dwelling on the south side of Synnot Street, between Wedge and Bridge Streets. This house, which no longer exists, was located in Allotment 6B in Block 26 in the Werribee township.  Kendall operated an earlier wheelwright’s business in Synnot Street, the site now of a solicitors office.

Following Kendall’s death, the Melbourne Road property continued to be owned by the Norman Kendall Estate and run as a family business.  In the 1940s and 1950s its address was given as 35 Princes Highway, in Lot 1 of Crown Allotment 50/3, Parish of Deutgam.

The building was demolished in 2001.

 

Citation

Wyndham City Libraries, “Kendall Blacksmiths,
Cherry Street and Princes Highway,
Werribee,” Wyndham History, accessed July 1, 2022, https://wyndhamhistory.net.au/items/show/426.

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