York is an ideal place to tell the story of the coming of convicts to Western Australia, many of whom were responsible for the constructions of the buildings in the town. Participants on the Convict York Walk, presented as part of our LiveLighter Walking Tour Program, will hear the full story about how The York Agricultural Society was instrumental in inviting convicts to York and how they impacted the town from President of The York Society Rob Garton Smith.
Participants will hear about:
- Why convicts were needed
- Who looked after them
- The problem of alcohol
- The awful consequences of having 6 times as many single men as women in the Colony
- The story of the convict rebellion to attend race day
- Stories of convicts who did well
- And those swho were bad
- What happened when a former convict was slandered
The tour will pass numerous York buildings built by or for convicts and pensioner guards. All participants will be given a ticket-of-leave entitling them to join in the walk but containing the same conditions that convicts were subjected to.
The tour leaves from Botanicalia Cafe at 152 Avon Terrace and lasts just under two hours. All proceeds go towards The York Society.