The Gosnells Community Shed was established in 2012 on property made available for lease by Amaroo Care Services at the rear of the McMahon Residential Care Centre, Lissiman Street, Gosnells.
The leased property includes the heritage listed Lewis Homestead, an original brick and iron residence formerly the home of the Lewis family, and a sizeable area of land adjacent to the Canning River.
A 30m x 10m brick and iron workshop was completed in 2015 using funds made available by Lotterywest. The workshop was constructed from materials designed to complement the heritage homestead and existing Mc Mahon Care Centre.
The workshop was fitted out by members and a range of essential equipment for wood and metal work installed using funds provided by a variety of sources.
In 2016 a former demountable schoolroom was procured, installed and renovated by members to provide additional accommodation for the substantial number of non- workshop activities conducted at the Shed.
The facilities available at the Gosnells Men’s Shed rival those of any shed in Western Australia.
The wide range of activities offered also make the Gosnells Shed one of the most diverse in Western Australia.
The Gosnells Shed initially started as an idea from the Rotary Club of Southern Districts looking for a worthwhile project. The idea for a men’s shed in this area was linked to the personal experience of a Rotarian familiar with the benefits flowing from the Kalamunda Men’s Shed.
History of Lewis Homestead
Edward Lewis began to buy empty plots in Gosnells from 1907 until he met his Perth sweetheart Gathie and proposed to her. In 1911, he decided to build an expensive house (369 pounds) on the land for himself and his new bride.
As Edward rose through the ranks of the WA Government Railway to become Chief Auditor, his wife Gathie tended the hobby farm of nearly 12 acres with the help of the five children. Father was too busy!
The children had long, varied, and interesting careers. The youngest, Reggie, was highly decorated in WW2 in the Navy, and was the last to pass, early in 2020.
The Gosnells Community Men’s Shed initiated the establishment of the Memorial Wall and partnered the Rotary Club of Kenwick and Amaroo Care in its development on a site adjacent to the Shed.
To be recognised as a proactive community based organisation working in the community. To be a place where men of all ages and backgrounds meet in friendship.
The Gosnells Community Men’s Shed promotes and fosters men’s health and well-being in a friendly and safe environment.
A respectful and caring environment where participation in activities and contribution to the efficient and harmonious operation of the Shed are recognised as being of equal value.