WITH over 70 different activities, the 9th annual Perth Heritage Days offers something to interest everyone. Uncover the historical layers and dimensions of our city from a new perspective during this free weekend journey of exploration, fun and adventure for all the family.
There are many significant buildings opening for this year’s annual Perth Heritage Days. Historically, culturally, and socially, they all have a story to tell beyond their magnificent architecture.
This year the Supreme Court of WA is opening its doors for self-guided tours. Visitors can visit the Chief Justice’s chambers, then finish their tour in the cells below the building. People will have the chance to walk down the same stairs to the cells, directly beneath the courtroom from the dock in Court No 2, where sentenced prisoners have gone since 1903. The step where, in 1963, the last person sentenced to death in WA, walked. Next door the oldest building in Perth is open. It is the Old Court House Law Museum.
A short walk and you will find the majestic Government House is also hosting an ‘Open Day’. Since opening its doors in 1863, the present Government House has been home to successive Governors appointed to serve Western Australia. This is a wonderful opportunity to tour the house, meet the gardener, see the stunning ballroom, complete with a ballroom dancing exhibition. Then, enjoy time with the family in the stunning grounds, where many Royal garden parties have taken place.
Not far away the Bell Tower is also hosting an ‘Open Day’. Discover the details about historic bells from St Martin-in-the-Fields, London bells which were rung to mark the return of Captain Cook after charting Australia, rang for victory at the end of the Battle of Trafalgar and again at Lord Nelson’s funeral. If you fancy, you can enter their annual photographic competition whilst you are there.
The Old Central Fire Station is 116 years old and was the first purpose-built fire station in the State. A visit will reveal a history and legacy of an organisation who has, since its inception, cared for the people of this State in its most challenging of times. It is a fire-engine journey worth taking.