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Update October 13th 2016
A site inspection at Langley Park has revealed recent and unseasonal heavy rains have rendered the ground unsafe to use as a landing strip.
Heritage Perth therefore regretfully had no alternative but to cancel the Fly In and other ‘Working Langley Park’ events on Saturday 15 October. All other Perth Heritage Days 2016 events will go ahead as scheduled.
A weekend to discover The Way We Worked in times gone by
This month the past will come alive in the eighth annual Perth Heritage Days festival. The theme of the festival is "The Way We Worked" and the weekend of 15 – 16 October will be packed with 80 different activities. Visitors to the many venues can enjoy exhibitions, workshops, fascinating talks, music, drama and more. Start planning now for a fabulous free weekend discovering the history of our capital city.
The festival is organised and run by Heritage Perth as part of its vision to "actively support the conservation and interpretation of Perth's heritage". Proudly sponsored by the City of Perth, the festival features museums, churches, art galleries, gardens, libraries and heritage locations not normally accessible to the general public.
The full program is available online. Some events require booking and a few are already full but never fear, there are many that will be available to everyone. Here are some of the major events sure to appeal to all ages.
Langley Park – Perth's Original Airstrip
One hundred years ago a squadron of young aviators left Perth to join the war effort. Some of these pilots of the Australian Flying Corp were drawn from the ranks of Western Australia's 10th Light Horse. A troop from this regiment, still active today, will present a display in authentic uniforms and saddlery. Following this, a fleet of approximately 18 biplanes will land in the park. The pilots and the horsemen will be available for questions. Other vintage vehicles and motorcycles will be on display. Landing time is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday but may be affected by traffic or weather. Check the Heritage Perth Facebook page for the latest news.
Government House Open Day
Government House, built in 1863 and still in use as an official residence, will be open on Sunday. Take a self-guided tour then watch "An Audience with Miss Cook, Governess" to learn about working life in the 1870s. Relax with a Devonshire tea (fee applies) before enjoying a ballroom dancing demonstration. Children's activities include farm animals and Experimental Archaeology, where they will learn about everyday life in years gone by. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and find a shady spot in the gardens.
Old Perth Fire Station Open Day
The 115-year-old Perth Fire Station will be open on Sunday. Visitors will learn about past and current emergency response procedure and meet some Search and Rescue dogs and horses. Children especially will love dressing up as a firefighter and going for a ride on the vintage fire engine.
This is just a small sample of the program. Download a copy and check the dates for free admission to the Bell Tower, a Morse Code workshop, camel rides, Aboriginal tool making and many other fascinating talks and tours. Perth Heritage Days
Saturday 15 October Sunday 16 October Check program for times and venues.
The Heritage Days festival is a very popular event and there may be limited parking so please consider using public transport.