"The Rights-of-Way (Rears-of-Way) or as they were colloquially known "dunny runs" were initially used for the nightwatchmen on his horse and cart, to collect the contents of the residents outhouses which were situated along the back fence line of properties in Wembley and West Leederville. As plumbing and sanitation improved and the "dunny" was moved into the home, the right of ways were used more and more for access by cars to rear garages and as a brilliant place to have a game of cricket or kick a footy with the neighbours. Nowadays they are very unlike the dusty rutted tracks of olden times.
In June 2003 the Council resolved to name all Rights-of-Way in the Town. The reason for this was that the lack of names created a serious impediment to the enforcement of the Town's local laws, particularly those relating to the control of vehicle parking or obstructions and dumping of rubbish. All Rights-of-Way were named based on the theme of using the surnames of people who were born in, or residents of West Leederville, Floreat, Wembley and City Beach when they enlisted in the Armed Services during World War I or II. "
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From the Introduction of 'Dunny Runs, Heroes and Heroines', p. 3.
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Images from left to right: Cover image of "Dunny Runs.."; Leslie Thomas Blechynden (Courtesy of Jill Feutrill); Charles Forrest Hill Munday (Courtesy of Julie Dye) and Lewis Horatio Deverell (Courtesy Allan and Pam Deverell); A poppy grows down Blechynden Lane, West Leederville.