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Everthing old is new again
Since its modest beginning in 2009, the Perth Heritage Days weekend has been hugely popular. Last year about 25,000 people visited the buildings, gardens, museums and other heritage sites that are open to the public. This year's program of workshops, tours, performances and other activities once again promise something for everyone.
Heritage Perth Inc. is an independent, non-profit organisation established with the intention to "actively support the conservation and interpretation of Perth's heritage, encouraging a culture that values and celebrates it", and Heritage Days is its most important event.
The best part of Heritage Days is the fun of exploring sites that are not usually open to the public. One interesting example is the Curtin Business School on Murray Street. From about 1890 this was the home of the Government Printing Office. All the printing, stitching and binding of Parliamentary papers was done here until the mid-1990's.
See a different view of Perth's heritage buildings
Other open buildings include the Scout Museum and the Moana Chambers building which began life as a café and was said in 1909 to be the "best appointed cafe and restaurant in Australia".
Government House is just one of the open gardens (photo by G Beirne)
Heritage is much more than buildings and the popular Artisan's Alley in the Perth Cultural Centre showcases forgotten skills like woodturning, printing, bookbinding and blacksmithing. Gardens are also included with "Meet the Gardener" tours at different locations including Government House Gardens, Queens Gardens and several others.
This is a free festival but bookings are required for some events. Complete information and booking forms are available on the website.