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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 providing stories and insights into York’s history. All history tours depart from Botanicalia Cafe, 152 Avon Terrace.

Check out the schedule below and book your spot on one of our walks today:

TourStartDateTickets
Convict York Walk9amSat 25 SepBOOK TICKETS
Clock Tour with Ian Phillips11amSat 25 SepBOOK TICKETS
Death Tour5pmSun 26 SepBOOK TICKETS
Architecture Walk10amMon 27 SepBOOK TICKETS
Death Tour5pmSat 2 OctBOOK TICKETS
Avon Terrace Walk10amSat 2 OctBOOK TICKETS
Churches of York Tour2pmSun 3 OctBOOK TICKETS
Architecture Walk10amSun 3 OctBOOK TICKETS
Convict York Walk9amSat 9 OctBOOK TICKETS
Death Tour5pmSat 9 OctBOOK TICKETS
Clock Tour with Ian Phillips2pmSun 10 OctBOOK TICKETS
Blacksmiths of York Walk10amSun 10 OctoberBOOK TICKETS

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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