Historic birthday

• A panorama of Perth in 1913 (courtesy of the State Library of WA), and then 2016 (courtesy Curtin University HIVE).

PERTH’S Heritage Weekend celebrates its 10th birthday this year.

Starting out as Heritage Day, the mix of tours, talks and workshops proved highly popular, and the event was later expanded over two days.

This year’s event (October 20-21) has 42 sites, from the Old Observatory, designed by George Temple Poole and built for the colonial astronomer in 1896, to the grand CFMEU trades hall on Beaufort Street.

The region’s Aboriginal history will also be explored in events like The First Story, a 90-minute tour exploring life before European arrival, led by a Nyungar guide.

The weekend is organised by Heritage Perth, and its former boss Richard Offen will be coming out of semi-retirement to give a talk on the history of the Young Australia League—founded in 1905 to ensure AFL remained the dominant sport when the “non-Australian” soccer and rugby started to encroach.

Events are free, but you’ll need to book for some of them at http://www.heritageperth.com.au/heritage-perth-weekend-2018/

Click on the events tab at the top, under “News & Events”, for those you need to book.

by DAVID BELL

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