Named after: Harold Wilson. British Labour politician. P.M. (1974–1976), (b.1916-1995).
SCHOOL STREET FLATS: North side of School Street: High-rise flats, which were bordered on the west by the railway line, the north by Wagonway Road, the south by School Street, and the east by an open field and then Brancepeth Road. Consisting of - from west to east: Argyle Shopping Precinct, Community Centre, and Wilson Court, which consisted of about 10 blocks.
These flats were built on land previously occupied by - from west to east: Harvey Street, Arthur Street and Frederick Street, and nearly Smokey Row, which was just to the east of Frederick Street, where the field now borders Wagonway Road.
This whole area - once occupied by the three streets and Wilson Court - is now occupied by Walsh Avenue.
Anyone else who lived in the above addresses, you can see the comparisons with them against the later Wilson Court and Walsh Avenue, below.
My late sister-in-law, Betty Fergus, lived at Arthur Street in the mid-sixties. Strangely enough, when Wilson Court flats replaced these terraced houses, my wife and I moved into number 137 (up the ramps - coloured yellow on the map, nearest School Street). Later, we moved down to a ground floor flat (number 20, Wilson Court - coloured yellow and backing onto Waggonway Road and near to Nellie’s shop - coloured green.)
I find it quite surreal that my wife and I lived on the same land as her sister – twice – the same setting, but a different time! Wilson Court is now replaced by Walsh Avenue. How long will this process continue?