Blacksmiths of York Walk

Artist: The York Society
Category: History


10 October 2021


10:00am - 12:00pm


2 hours


Botanicalia Cafe, 152 Avon Tce, York


Adults $15, Kids free

To complement The York Festival’s rare and endangered crafts program, Rob Garton-Smith, President of the York Society, will present this tour as part of our LiveLighter Walking Tour Program which will visit some of the sites of the earliest blacksmiths of York which date back to 1841, the arrival of the first blacksmith to York. His shop still exists in the town centre. From then on, competition between blacksmiths was intense and sometimes humorous.

Highlights include:

  • The blacksmith who drowned;
  • The philosopher blacksmith;
  • The wheelwright / iron founder / engineer / publican / miller / entrepreneur / to become bankrupt blacksmith; and
  • The former convict blacksmith who became a property baron.

Please note: Tour duration listed is an estimate. The duration of the tour may change on the day.

The tour leaves from Botanicalia Cafe at 152 Avon Terrace. All proceeds go towards The York Society.


Blacksmiths of York Walk
Blacksmiths of York Walk

Acknowledgement of Country

The York Festival acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land on which we gather, the Ballardong Noongar people, and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and we extend that respect to other First Australians today.

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