Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Minister for Culture and the Arts; Sport and Recreation; International Education; Heritage

    Iconic city landmarks claim their place in the State history pages

    16/05/2020 7:00 AM
    • East Perth's rare colonial cemeteries recognised as heritage place
    • Registration of Newspaper House and commercial buildings also finalised
    • Landmarks offer rich cultural and social insights into our State's past

    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.

    Comments attributed to 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."

    Minister's office - 6552 5400

    About East Perth Cemeteries

    Dating back to 1829, East Perth Cemeteries were the first formal cemeteries established for the Swan River Colony. They are the final resting place for around 10,000 people whose memorials reflect the traditions and trends of different religious denominations, and showcase the skill and craftsmanship of the times.

    The Victorian Gothic style St Bartholomew's church, built on the site in 1871, is included in the Register along with headstones and mature trees that have stood in the tranquil setting for over a century.

    About St Georges Terrace Commercial Group

    The WA Trustee Company Building, Royal Insurance Co. Building and Newspaper House, all constructed in the 1920s and 1930s, are distinguished by their architectural quality and substantial aesthetic contribution to the Perth streetscape.

    The activities these buildings were constructed for were important within the commercial life of Perth at the time, including insurance and estate management, as well as the use of Newspaper House as the home of the flagship West Australian newspaper.

    This precinct, now known as Brookfield Place, is home to restaurants, bars and retail offerings.