Canning pioneers celebrated

Canning pioneers celebrated

Residents who have lived in Canning for more than 50 celebrated at the Pioneer’s afternoon tea.

Canning celebrated residents who have lived within the Canning district for 50 years or more, at the annual Pioneer’s Afternoon Tea on Wednesday May 8.

Held at the Cannington Exhibition Hall, the afternoon tea took more than 180 Canning Pioneers on a trip down memory lane, reminiscing over times gone by and provided them with an opportunity to catch-up with friends, old and new.

The event celebrates those who have significantly contributed to the development of the Canning community and, with some attendees in their 80s and 90s, there were a number of residents who have lived in Canning for more than 80 years.

Having lived in Canning for more than 70 years, Betty Wilson enjoys coming along to the event.

“I love coming along to the Pioneers Tea, it’s fantastic catching-up with friends and family I haven’t seen for years,” she said.

“I loved being a part of the Canning community it’s a great place and it’s the people that makes it such a wonderful place to live.”

Mayor Patrick Hall said it was a privilege to acknowledge their contributions in making Canning the wonderful place that it is today.

“In 1978 the City’s population tipped just over 50,000 and in 2024 this number has now doubled to over 100,000 residents,” he said.

“Along with the increase in population we have seen significant changes to the level of infrastructure and services available within the city.

“This includes the evolution of Carousel Shopping Centre and the city centre, the development of the city’s Leisureplex’s and Youth Centres, as well as the ongoing improvements to our parks and local community areas.

“A lot has changed over the years, however one thing that still rings true is a shared sense of community and belonging in Canning.”

Residents who have lived in the city for over 50 years can register their interest to attend next year’s Pioneers Tea by calling 1300 422 664 or emailing