Heritage Minister David Templeman has announced the inclusion of East Perth Cemeteries and St Georges Terrace Commercial Group, including Newspaper House, on the State Register of Heritage Places.
Situated within a kilometre of each other at opposite ends of Perth’s central business district, the historic landmarks represent tangible reminders of the city’s social, cultural and commercial history.
The acknowledgement and protection of these two very different, but both highly valued heritage places, highlight the depth and richness of heritage assets within the heart of Perth.
The cemeteries offer a unique and poignant insight into the early years of European settlement and the people who were instrumental in shaping this chapter of Western Australian history.
The St Georges Terrace Commercial Group is recognised for its cultural significance, heritage values and the aesthetic of the buildings that characterise early to mid-twentieth century design.
These buildings are part of the Brookfield Place redevelopment completed between 2008 and 2012, that showcase what can be achieved with sensitive adaptive reuse of heritage buildings.
As stated by Heritage Minister David Templeman:
“As we continue to forge our modern identity into the 21st century, it is more important than ever to recognise important places and times from our State’s history that we can learn from and appreciate on an aesthetic level.
“East Perth Cemeteries offer a window into our State’s colonial past and development into the late 19th century, with each headstone telling its own story and feeding into the collective story.
“Further west on St Georges Terrace, the inter-war years are reflected in the beautiful, iconic façades of Newspaper House and its immediate neighbours exhibiting striking examples of architectural styles of the day.”