Guildford Historic Town included in the State Register of Heritage Places
Friday 5 July 2019
WA’s only inland port added to State Heritage Register.
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.
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; and
- Examples of residential and civic buildings from the Federation and Inter-War periods.
During the 1800s, 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.
The place was nominated by the City of Swan and its entry follows extensive engagement with the local community, including the Whadjuk Working Party.
Guildford is an important historic destination which has become a vibrant precinct for locals and visitors alike. Covering 287.4 hectares, the townsite is the largest area to be recognised on the register to date - at more than seven times the size of the West End precinct in Fremantle.
Read the full media statement.