Convict York Walk

Artist: The York Society
Category: History


25 Sep, 9 Oct


9:00am - 12:00pm


3 hours


Botanicalia Cafe, 152 Avon Tce, York


Adults $15, Kids free
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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 who 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.

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.


Convict York Walk
Convict 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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