Guildford Historic Town To Be Included In State Register Of Heritage Places

Guildford Historic Town To Be Included In State Register Of Heritage Places

Western Australia Minister for Heritage David Templeman

Western Australia’s Only Inland Port Added To State Heritage Register

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  • Guildford’s 190-year history recognised on Heritage Register
  • Guildford Historic Town the largest precinct entered on the Heritage Register
  • First place to be registered under the new Heritage Act 2018

Guildford Historic Town will today be included in the State Register of Heritage Places, the first place to be registered under the new Heritage Act 2018.

“I’m pleased to enter Guildford Historic Town on the State Register of Heritage Places.” Minister for Heritage David Templeman said.

“This entry will ensure that we celebrate Guildford’s past while continuing to create a vibrant precinct in which the Guildford community can live and work, and visitors to the area can interact with an important part of our history.”

Guildford was established in 1829 on the banks of the Swan and Helena rivers known by the Whadjuk People as Mandoon. The town’s highly authentic buildings illustrate five key periods in Western Australia’s history:

  • Simple Georgian buildings from the foundation period of the Colony;
  • Brick public buildings from the Convict era;
  • Imposing and opulent buildings from the Gold Boom;
  • Examples of residential and civic buildings from the Federation and Inter-War periods.

During the 1800’s, Guildford’s primary function was as an inland port. Wool, sandalwood, timber and other farm produce from neighbouring and outlying agricultural districts were loaded onto boats at the Meadow Street wharf for transport to Fremantle.

“Guildford is unique in the metropolitan area. With a strong sense of being a distinct town, the local community’s pride in its history, as one of the first three towns established in the Swan River Colony, is palpable.” Midland MLA Michelle Roberts said.

Place was nominated by the City of Swan and its entry follows extensive engagement with the local community, including the Whadjuk Working Party.

“This announcement is testament to the work of our community through the active campaigning of our councillors, community groups, residents and tourists we all came together to ensure the heritage of Guildford can be protected and preserved for the future.” City of Swan Mayor David Lucas said.

Guildford is an important historic destination which has become a vibrant precinct for locals and visitors alike. Covering 287.4 ha, the townsite is the largest area to be recognised on the register to date at more than 7 times the size of the West End precinct in Fremantle.