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History

York's history is deep and varied and worth-knowing for all generations.

The heritage credentials of Ballardong, York precede the town’s establishment in 1829 as WA’s first inland town and its significant role in the establishment of the Swan River Colony. The links to the area of its original inhabitants, the Ballardong Noongar people, extends over 50,000 years. 

Visitors to York can explore York’s fine collection of museums including the York Motor Museum, the Residency Museum, the Sandalwood Letterpress Print Museum and the Tipperary School, and wander through the remarkable Blands Town precinct at the southern end of the town, which is a story in itself.

The York Society is a proud contributor to the York Festival’s annual program delivering a range of popular walking tours that shine a light on aspects of York’s history. History buffs Rob Garton Smith and Ian Phillips, lead an exciting program of walking tours presented by LiveLighter including the ‘Death’ Tour, Convict York Walk, Architecture Tour, Avon Terrace Walk, Blacksmiths of York Walk, Churches of York Tour, Architecture Walk and the Tour of York Clocks, providing stories and insights into York’s history.

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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