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York

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YORK

 

HEMA Map reference 74/C4

 

31 53' 17" S 116 45' 53" E

 

 

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Statistics

 

Km from Perth

97

Population

3484

Rainfall

448mm (146.8)

Max Temp

24.7C (46.3)

Min Temp

10.5C (-4)

Autogas

Available

Telecentre

Yes

 

Include

 

Caravan Parks

 

Mt Bakewell

 

08 9641 1421

 

Services

 

Hospital

08 9641 1200

Police

08 9641 1400

Fire

08 9641 1100

RAC

08 9641 1224

Visitor Centre

08 9641 1301

 

link to Mingor.net website

 

Attractions

 

Old Gaol, Motor Museum, Residency Museum, Avon Park, Suspension bridge. Settler?s house, Miniature village, Mt Brown lookout, Gwambygine park Heritage trail, Avon River.

 

Buildings of note

 

Castle Hotel 1842. Hospital 1896. Railway station 1886, Post office 1895. Residency museum 1843, Suspension bridge 1906, Town Hall 1911, Former Albion hotel 1860, Langsford house 1860, Court house complex 1852-1910, Old mill 1891, Faversham house 1830s, Holy Trinity church 1853, Marwicks barn 1870.

 

Calendar of events

 

January, Australia Day breakfast. March, Country Music festival. April, Antique Fair, Photographic awards, Variety night. May, Autumn flower show, Healing Fayre. July, Olive festival. September, Agricultural show, Health fare. October, Music festival, Spring garden festival, Art and craft awards, Quick shears, York Cup. November, Harvest festival. December, Christmas street party. Monthly (2nd Saturday): Markets.

 

 

Description

 

The Avon Valley was the first area away from the main settlement on the Swan River (Perth) to be opened up and settled.

The townsite was already being developed when it was officially gazetted in 1836 and the York Road was the settlement?s life line to Perth.

The road was costly and difficult to maintain so to ensure that the road was maintained a toll was charged when travellers reached Mahogany Creek.

Once convicts began arriving in 1850 there was a reliable source of cheap labour for public works and in 1851 the tolls were abolished.

The York road could be a hazardous place for travellers and not just because of mud, flood and fire. Many travellers were attacked be Aboriginal tribes and there were a number of spearings resulting in death.

The convicts, who had been the impetus behind the removal of the toll turned out to be a ?two edged sword?. Some of their number escaped and took to robbing travellers on the York Road and even murders were committed by former inmates.

A number of wayside inns were established to cater for traveller?s needs and due to changes in the route the road took, some of these inns very quickly found themselves out of business. The route that is in use today (along the Great Eastern Highway) was more or less firmly established by 1850.

York is the oldest inland town in W.A. It was originally planned to call the town Yorkshire by explorer J.S. Clarkson, after the county in England. Later the name was shortened to it?s present form. The Aboriginal name for the area was Balladong.

Early settlers included Rev. Wittenoom and R.H. Bland.

In 1886 the coming of the railway meant that York became the stepping off point for miners heading for the goldfields around
Coolgardie. It was from this time to 1900 that many of the fine historical buildings you will see in the town today were constructed.

Today York is a popular day trip from Perth and holds an annual jazz festival. It is one of the best preserved historic towns in Australia with only Charters Towers in Queensland offering a better example of architecture of the period. The town is classified by the National Trust.

Soon after 2000 York seemed to have fallen out of favour and as a result land prices in the area plummeted. Some real bargains were to be had with 5-10 acres going for as little as $15,000.

Since that time York has boomed again with prices for land and houses exploding.

Gwambygine

 

Gwambygine Pool is located 10 kilometres south of York on the Beverley Road. It is one of the few remaining permanent pools on the Avon River. Picnic facilities are provided and include tables, chairs, shelters and free gas BBQs. A boardwalk and viewing tower allow you easy access to the pool area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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