This suburb was thought to be named after Wilgee Lake located in what is now Kardinya. The name Wilgee is a Noongar term meaning red ochre Wilgee and other lakes in the area had an abundance of red ochre. Willagee had important spiritual significance in The Dreaming because it was the place of the emu, where they bred.
The major parks and reserves of the suburb include Winnacott Reserve, Webber Reserve, Harry Bailey Park and Harmony Park. A significant new park is being developed on the old Carawatha Primary School site in Willagee. In 1999, George Humes Park - located in front of Willagee Library - was created to honour a well-respected Noongar boxer George Humes (1936-1995) who spent his life assisting Aboriginal people in need. He was twice a Golden Gloves boxer and Sportsman of the Year in 1962 and 1963.
A community request to create a project that would be symbolic and bring the community together resulted in the creation of a harmony bridge, installed in George Humes Park. This is a collection of 75 pieces of artwork, by local children and Willagee Community Centre users, with messages of peace and living in harmony. It acknowledges the 13 different cultural groups residing in the suburb.
The community was also involved in the planning and design of the mosaic artwork on the Willagee Community Centre. This centre is a vibrant hub of activities for a range of age and cultural groups, and is also home to local resident group Willagee Alive. The Freo Street Doctor visits the community centre weekly while the Melville Friends of Lete Foho meet there monthly.
The neighbouring Willagee Library is a small, friendly, community-oriented library with a family-like atmosphere - a great place for regulars to connect to use the free internet, enjoy children's storytime or join the enthusiastic members of the knitting club.
Willagee Library and Community Centre are listed by the community as being among their favourite places in the South West Neighbourhood.
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