Parliament House included in the State Register of Heritage Places

Parliament House included in the State Register of Heritage Places
Wednesday 18 November 2020

Parliament House and its grounds are an integral component of a historic civic precinct.

The epicentre of Western Australia's democracy has been permanently included in the State Register of Heritage Places.

One of the State's most important and well recognised landmarks, Parliament House overlooks St Georges Terrace and the Swan River and was built in stages under the direction of then Public Works Chief Architect J H Grainger.

The Harvest Terrace façade, including the two Parliamentary chambers, was completed by 1904 before construction stopped as successive governments focused on boosting the supply of housing, hospitals and schools following the economic depression and two World Wars.

For nearly 60 years, Parliament House stood untouched until 1958 when construction started on the iconic three-storey eastern façade with its stone and tile columns.

Parliament House and its grounds are an integral component of a historic civic precinct encompassing the former Hale School, the Old Observatory and Dumas House. It has provided a stately venue for civic ceremonies and functions for more than a century, also serving as a meeting point for public protests, rallies and press conferences.

Parliament House is built on Kaarta Cumba, otherwise known as Mount Eliza, an important place for Whadjuk Noongar people. The area contains several registered Aboriginal heritage sites with significant ceremonial and spiritual associations.

Parliament House is unique for its ability to tell the story of democracy in WA and was added to the register on an interim basis in 2004.

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Image credit: Parliament of Western Australia

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