The Death Tour

Artist: The York Society
Category: History


26 Sep, 2 & 9 Oct 2021


5:00pm - 7:00pm


2 hours


Botanicalia Cafe, 152 Avon Tce, York


Adults $20, Kids free

“Every place in York is so old that someone has died there.” And so begins York’s Death Tour, an interactive tour, presented as part of our LiveLighter Walking Tour Program, starts with tales of horror from the first days of settlement in the 1830s, to the river and the court house, and ends at the Town Hall, with more than 70 stories of death in just under two hours.

The tour tells stories of beheadings, drownings, burnings, suicides, murders, horse fatalities, other dreadful incidents – 180 years of stories, many if not most in the places where the events occurred.

These include the following stories:

  • The aboriginal woman and child shamefully shot in the back in 1836
  • The murder by drowning of Richard Fitzgerald in 1854
  • Catherine Larner who died leaning over the counter of Monger’s Store in 1863
  • The highwaymen who bludgeoned Constable Hackett in 1884
  • The Evans daughters who were burnt to death in 1890
  • Adeline Cooke who drowned on her honeymoon in 1899
  • The Albanian murder at the Castle Hotel in the 1950s

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.


The Death Tour
The Death Tour

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.

Sign up to Our Newsletter

Links & Socials