Main Street Historic Walk – Site 2

This lot, across the road of Higgins Street, was known as New Bridgefield built in 1929/30 by Gavin Forrest for Mrs Elizabeth Higgins. Then her daughter Agnes commenced a boarding house for many years up to her death in 1989.

Extensive restoration to the premises was done by Agnes's nephew in Tom and wife Carmel Higgins. There had been several owners since, including Brian and Carmel Turner, and in 2003 Sam Caruso bought the property and converted the house into an Italian restaurant known as La Scarpetta Trattoria plus accommodation units at the rear.


Reference map of Margaret River with site numbers

Margaret River Town 1894-1984 by Mavis Wise

Margaret River Stories by Guy Jennings, ISBN 9780646575346

A History of the Catholic Community of Margaret River District by Merilyn Hutton

Margaret River & District Historical Society photo collection

John Alferink from my recollections of the town after being in the area for over 68 years, John Alferink 2021