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Kati Thamo

Kati explores the natural world through holographs, linocuts, etchings and shadow prints. Born in Perth to Hungarian parents, Kati's art is often imbued with her Eastern European heritage.

  • Galleries:Artist Studio
  • Open Days/times:BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

Born in 1956 in Perth, Western Australia, to Hungarian parents, Kati studied art at Edith Cowan University and the Hobart School of Art, majoring in printmaking. Since 1980 she has lived mainly on the far south coast of WA, working from her home studio. The telling of tales has always been integral to her art practice, and she draws on personal stories and incidents along with grander narratives to devise a form of visual fable. Using a cast of characters including animals and objects, her storylines describe the mystery, frailty, hopefulness and anxiety of life. She says, 'I often think of my images as small theatre settings where various dramas are enacted'. Kati's art is often imbued with her Eastern European heritage, and a journey to trace her migrant family's homelands in 2010 is reflected in subsequent exhibitions, and in the development of a series of works.

More recently, Kati has been exploring the natural world, looking at ways to depict the fragility and complexity of natural ecosystems.

Kati's work has been exhibited nationally in both solo and group exhibitions, and is held in numerous private and public art collections in both Australia and overseas.

Image: The Fox and the Boar

 

New Museum

Opening 2020

  • Museums:Local History,Natural History,State Museums
  • Open Days/times:Opening 2020

Details

Description

The New Museum for Western Australia is one of the most significant museum redevelopments in the world today, and one of which all Western Australians should be incredibly proud.

Developed in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre, it will share the stories of our people and place, acting as a gateway to explore all of Western Australia. It will reflect the extraordinary history, distinctiveness, creativity and diversity of our State and region.

Over the course of the project, and long after the doors have opened in 2020, the people of WA will be invited to contribute to the way we present the stories of our past, present and future. We will encourage dialogue, debate and the sharing of multiple perspectives to identify the stories and experiences that are important to our State.

We have an unprecedented opportunity to create a museum that is both reflective and worthy of WA. Our ambition is to be an excellent and vibrant Museum, valued and used by all Western Australians and admired by the world.

WA Shipwrecks Museum

The WA Shipwrecks Museum is recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere.

  • Museums:Maritime,State Museums,Military
  • Open Days/times:9.30AM - 5PM

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
  • Facilities:Free,Wheelchair Access

Description

The Museum is housed in 1850s-era Commissariat building and has since been restored to its historic glory. Steeped in history, the galleries house hundreds of relics from ships wrecked along WA’s treacherous coastline, including the original timbers from the Batavia (wrecked in 1629), the de Vlamingh Dish, and also countless artefacts from the Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck.

Western Australian Maritime Museum

The Western Australian Maritime Museum, located in Fremantle's bustling port, is a unique, modern venue overlooking the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean.

  • Museums:Maritime,State Museums,Military
  • Open Days/times:9.30AM - 5PM

Details

  • Facilities:Cafe,Free,Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

The Western Australian Maritime Museum, located in Fremantle's bustling port, is a unique, modern venue overlooking the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean. Sweeping glass is the main feature of the building and you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the harbour in four out of the five world-class venue spaces.

The Museum houses several unique galleries that explore WA's maritime relationship. From leisure boats and handcrafted sailing boats to commercial pearl luggers, the Museum inspires visitors to discover WA’s affinity with the ocean.

The Museum is home to the winning America's Cup yacht, Australia II, an Oberon class submarine — HMAS Ovens, Jon Sanders’ Parry Endeavour and many other iconic vessels from WA's maritime history.

The WA Maritime Museum is as versatile as it is spectacular, able to accommodate anything from small groups up to 500 people. There is an opportunity to integrate your event with the museum's displays providing guests with a private viewing of the any fascinating artefacts on show.

The awards-winning building design offers beautiful, unique spaces for our event clients providing ideal venue spaces for weddings, galas, banquets, cocktail functions and corporate events such as conferences, products launches, presentations, meetings and tradeshows.

With a dedicated team of event specialists to assist with all your planning needs and spaces guaranteed to deliver wow-factor, the museum is the perfect location for your next event.

140 Library

A cosy, colourful pop-up library and study space in the heart of the city!

  • Open Days/times:7 Days
  • Libraries:All Libraries

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays
  • Facilities:Cafe,Free

Description

Once upon a time Perth inner city dwellers had nowhere to sit back, relax and keep cosy during the winter months.

Until, 140 transformed Postal Place into a hub for them to escape the chaos...

Our Library is a book exchange and a sanctuary away from the city. You can relax and enjoy the space and even take a book home. In return we ask you replace it with another book you have loved, which you don’t mind passing on. 

A&A Art Display

A&A Art Display is an established Art Gallery in the beautiful city of Perth bringing you exquisite quality fine art from more than 20 renowned and emerging artists from accross Australia and beyond

  • Open Days/times:Tuesday - Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm, Saturday - Sunday 9.30am - 3.30pm
  • Galleries:Art Gallery,Drawing,Installation,Painting,Photography

Details

  • Open Days:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday

Description

Established in 2013, A&A Art Display is quickly rising in prominence to become a highly sought after art gallery in Perth, Western Australia.

Representing more than 20 well-known and emerging artists all across Australia and beyond, A&A Art Display carries an exquisite collection of high quality fine art that is set to inspire and impress, bringing ineffable beauty to your home, office or investment collection.

 

Aboriginal Art Gallery of Kings Park

The curatorial and management staff of the gallery invite you to experience a journey through Aboriginal art with a variety of innovative, contemporary and traditional Aboriginal art and artefacts.

  • Open Days/times:Monday - Friday 10.30am - 4.30pm, Saturday, Sunday, public holidays 11am - 4pm
  • Galleries:Painting,Art Gallery,Aboriginal

Details

  • Open Days:Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

The Aboriginal Art Gallery, located in Kings Park overlooking the Swan River and the City of Perth, was established first in Hay Street, Perth in 1992, as a venue to exhibit the art of Western Australian Indigenous artists.

The Gallery has been at its present location for the past 15 years. This Kings Park location offers a premium location that encourages appreciation of Aboriginal culture, their contribution to Australian history, family kinship and respect for the land.

The Aboriginal Art Gallery gives visitors the opportunity to meet and talk to Aboriginal artists and observe them as they work, listen to their stories unfold in music and dance performances from some of Western Australia's leading Aboriginal artists. Visitors to the gallery, both national and international, have the opportunity to be a part of the reconciliation between the original inhabitants of Australia and the people who have made this country their home over the past 200 years.

Art is central to Aboriginal culture. In a culture with no written language, it was used to record the beliefs and stories from the Dreaming and to pass these on to each successive generation. "Aboriginal culture represented through art has been dated at over 40,000 years old."

Aboriginal art, while fulfilling its earlier role is now also being used by artists to express and describe the contemporary issues impacting on their lives.

This has expanded the boundaries of Aboriginal Art, from works traditionally rendered on rock, bark and sand using natural ochre, to works using oils, watercolour and acrylic paints, etchings, gauche, collage and solvent transfer prints.

The gallery's reputation is substantially recognised throughout the Aboriginal community and amongst collectors of fine Indigenous art around the world.

The curatorial and management staff of the gallery has extensive knowledge of Western Australian Indigenous art and have expanded the gallery's interest to include the Central Desert region of Utopia. We invite you to experience a journey through Aboriginal art with a variety of innovative, contemporary and traditional Aboriginal art and artefacts. 

Andrea Adamson Tiger - Seven Sisters Dreaming

Andrea Adamson Tiger, Pitjantjatjara artist, paints colorful Seven Sisters Tjukurrpa & Women’s Ceremonial stories

  • Galleries:Art Gallery,Public Art Gallery,Painting,Aboriginal
  • Open Days/times:16 November - 22 December 2018 / Weekdays 10am - 5:30 pm ; Weekends 12pm - 5pm
  • Represented Artists:Andrea Adamson Tiger

Details

  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Andrea Adamson Tiger is a Pitjantjatjara artist, born at Amata community on the APY Lands in 1973. Her family includes artists Rini Tiger and her grandfather Tiger Palpatja. Andrea maintains close connections to Country and ceremony. Andrea paints stories associated with the Seven Sisters songline, an extensive Dreaming track that crosses her country. In the Tjukurrpa story, the sisters created sites and locations across the land as they flee from a male pursuer Wati Nyuru. 

ANZAC Cottage

ANZAC Cottage was built by the community in one day in February 1916 as a memorial to those who lost their lives at the Gallipoli landing and as a home for a returned wounded soldier and his family.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings
  • Open Days/times:By Appointment Only

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

ANZAC Cottage located at 38 Kalgoorlie Street, Mt Hawthorn is a brick and tile home built in one day on February 12, 1916.  The Cottage, built entirely by voluntary labour, had a two-fold use: as a memorial to those who lost their lives at the Gallipoli landing and as a home for a returned wounded soldier from that conflict and his family.

The Cottage was lovingly and authentically restored  by the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (WA Branch) in the 1990s and is now in use as a museum, detailing the Cottage's unique history and dedicated to the honour and respect of veterans of conflicts in which Australia has been involved.

Army Museum of Western Australia

The Army Museum tells exciting stories of Western Australians in the Army and the Army in Western Australia through tanks, guns, medals, uniforms and art.

  • Museums:Local History,Military
  • Open Days/times:10.30AM - 1PM

Details

  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

History is brought to life through dioramas, soundscapes and audio-visual at the Army Museum of Western Australia.

 

Several impressive galleries display various periods and themes. These are located within the main museum building. There is a substantial collection of vehicles, artillery field guns and other military hardware located around the perimeter of the parade ground outside the main museum building. And in some of the adjacent sheds vehicles are also on display.

 

The museum's collection includes a substantial amount of archival material in the way of documents, letters, diaries, photographs and art work. The reference library is accessible by arrangement.

 

Download our app and enjoy a self-guided audio tour.

 

We offer school programs in line with the national curriculum and can tailor them to your needs.

 

Visit our website to find out more armymuseumwa.com.au

Art Collective WA

Art Collective WA is an artist-run, not-for-profit organisation that supports and promotes the work of established WA artists through exhibitions, as well as artist talks, publications and art fairs.

  • Galleries:Woodwork,Painting,Sculpture,Textiles,Drawing,Installation,Mixed Media,Art Gallery
  • Open Days/times:Wednesday - Friday 11am – 4pm, Saturday 12 – 4pm

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday

Description

Art Collective WA was established in 2013 by a group of artists who aim to improve the visibility of Western Australian visual artists, in particular those that have lived and worked in the state for many years.
 
The Collective presents an annual program of exhibitions and artist talks at their gallery in Cathedral Square. They also exhibit by invitation at art fairs (including Sydney Contemporary and Singapore Art Fair) and publish significant monographs on their artist members, most recently Trevor Vickers and Jeremy Kirwan-Ward. Artist talks are recorded for archive purposes and will soon be published online as an ongoing series of podcasts.
 
The Art Collective WA Benefactors are a group of art collectors who appreciate the work of the Collective and support their work annually.
 
The Collective is a not-for-profit incorporated organisation, which currently boasts 29 professional artists as members. Membership is by invitation only.
 
Artists: Merrick Belyea, Penny Bovell, Tim Burns, Paul Caporn, Olga Cironis, Penny Coss, Jo Darbyshire, Sarah Elson, Caspar Fairhall, Giles Hohnen, Chris Hopewell, Jeremy Kirwan-Ward, Eveline Kotai, Joanna Lamb, Andre Lipscombe, Anthony Muia, Lesley Munro, Ron Nyistor, Brad Rimmer, Kevin Robertson, Helen Smith, Alex Spremberg, Angela Stewart, Jon Tarry, Michele Theunissen, Paul Uhlmann, Trevor Vickers, Toni Wilkinson, Jurek Wybraniec

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Through the Collection, our associated programs, and stimulating exhibitions Gallery visitors' are offered a unique & exciting experiences of historic and contemporary Australian artists.

  • Galleries:Craft,Drawing,Furniture,Glass,Installation,Jewellery,Mixed Media,Painting,Photography,Pottery,Sculpture,Ceramics,Textiles,Public Art Gallery
  • Open Days/times:Wednesday - Monday 10am - 5pm (closed Good Friday, Anzac Day and Christmas Day.

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

AGWA places particular emphasis on the arts of Australia, and due to their geographic position, the Indian Ocean Rim. Their proximity and access to many of the most exciting cultures of the world adds immeasurably to programs, exhibitions, collections and events at the State Art Gallery. Visit the Gallery and watch this site as they build for the future.

The Art Gallery of Western Australia, founded in 1895, occupies a precinct of three heritage buildings on the south-eastern corner of the Perth Cultural Centre. The Gallery houses the State Art Collection, which includes one of the world’s finest collections of Indigenous art, the pre-eminent collection of Western Australian art and design, as well as Australian and International art and design.

ART ON THE MOVE: Beach Street Gallery

ART ON THE MOVE have recently relocated to Fremantle. You can visit their Beach Street Gallery where they’re currently showcasing their touring exhibitions.

  • Open Days/times:Monday - Thursday 10am - 4pm
  • Galleries:Art Gallery

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday

Description

ART ON THE MOVE encourages connections and fosters a sense of belonging, creativity and a greater understanding of ourselves and the world through visual art.

Artitja Fine Art

Artitja Fine Art is a by-appointment home based gallery specializing in Indigenous fine art and exhibiting quarterly in selected spaces in and around Fremantle, WA

  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Craft,Painting,Sculpture,Art Gallery
  • Open Days/times:BY APPOINTMENT

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

Artitja Fine Art's aim is in connecting cultures through art.  Quality Aboriginal art is not just aesthetically beautiful, it provides important insights into stories and Tjurrkupa (dreamings)

Artitja Fine Art is located in South Fremantle in Western Australia, is open seven days a week by appointment and holds four exhibitions a year in a gallery space in and around the Fremantle region, details of which are posted to their website prior to the event.

"Often the question is asked in regard to how to select a painting.  There is only one answer - select the one that moves your heart" - Anna Kanaris, Director

ARTLAAB

Providing a platform for the testing of ideas by fine arts, architecture and landscape architecture students.

  • Open Days/times:Opens 10:00am to 1:00pm Monday, 6:00pm to 9:00pm Friday & Saturday, and 10:00am to 1:00pm Sunday.
  • Galleries:Mixed Media,Art Gallery,Artist Studio,Public Art Gallery

Details

  • Wheelchair Access:Yes
  • Facilities:Free,Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:Monday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

ARTLAAB was established in 2011 to support ALVA students, staff and graduates who need a readily available space to develop and exhibit work, in a venue that is connected with the broader community. Located in the Masonic Hall at No. 6 Broadway (on the main cafe strip), it enjoys excellent exposure to a vibrant university community and the general public. 

The main purpose of the facility is to provide a platform for the testing of ideas and development of creative work by students studying fine arts, architecture and landscape architecture, allowing ALVA staff and students to engage with the broader public, along with any other students from arts institutions in Western Australia. 

ARTLAAB is particularyly receptive to experimental, participatory and performance based work.

 

(Image above is the artists render of current renovation works.)

Artsource Old Customs House

Artsource has been housed in Old Customs House since 1986. In 2018, we have the opportunity to showcase exhibitions in our light-filled atrium spacer, providing new impetus for artists.

  • Galleries:Installation,Painting,Photography,Sculpture

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Throughout our thirty year history in our flagship building, we have provided services extending to our many artist members and associates to support the practice of professional artists and provide work and development  opportunities through Western Australia.

Aspects of Kings Park

Aspects of Kings Park is a gallery and retail environment for the highest quality contemporary Australian and Western Australian craft and design.

  • Galleries:Craft,Furniture,Glass,Jewellery,Painting,Pottery,Sculpture,Art Gallery
  • Open Days/times:Monday - Sunday 9am - 5pm (closed Australia Day, Good Friday and Christmas Day)

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

Description

Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia

The aim of the Museum is to promote and preserve our Aviation Heritage for the enjoyment and understanding of our past in the air for today's and future generations.

  • Museums:Aviation
  • Open Days/times:10AM - 4PM

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

The Museum is housed in two huge pavillions and contains a magnificent display of 30 military and civilian aircraft aero engines, models and other aviation memorabilia.

Azelia Ley Homestead Museum

Visitors to the Azelia Ley Homestead Museum can see a vast collection of furniture, clothing, photographs, paintings, toys, memorabilia, historical artefacts and much more

  • Open Days/times:Sunday afternoon 1:30pm to 4:00pm | Other times by appointment
  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Sunday,By Appointment Only

Description

The Azelia Ley Homestead Museum is situated in Manning Park, Hamilton Hill and is open to the general public on Sunday afternoons from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm. The Museum is also open to schools and other groups on weekdays by appointment.

Manning Park is accessible all year round for organized events, family day-outs and social gatherings. When the Museum is open there are always two members of the Historical Society of Cockburn in attendance.

Barracks Arch

Barracks Arch, one of Perth's iconic historic buildings is located at the top of St George's Terrace. Built in 1866 it was originally the entrance to a larger building call the Pensioner Barracks.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

The Barracks was built to house the Enrolled Pensioner Force (also known as ‘Pensioner Guards’). The guards came to Australia on the convict ships that transported nearly 10,000 prisoners to Western Australia between 1850 – 1868.

The Barrracks were in use to house the Pensioner Foruce until 1887, between 1900 - 1904 the building was convered into offices. 

In the 1960’s the Government surmised there was no need for the Barracks and decided to demolish the buildings.The announcement created a public uproar and motivated the Royal Western Australian Historical Society to form a Barracks Defence Council. The Council worked diligently to keep the Arch however demolition proceeded and in 1966 all but the Arch was demolished.

Architect Richard Roach Jewell was appointed to design an appropriate building. He was at the time an employee of the Department of Public Works. He had arrived in Western Australia in 1851 and designed many of the important public buildings in Perth during the latter half of the nineteenth century, including the Pensioner Barracks. Some of his others designs include boys’ schools in Perth and Fremantle, Wesley Church, the oldest section of the Treasury Buildings, Perth Town Hall, Perth Goal and Government House.

Bassendean Railway Museum

The Railway Museum at Bassendean, Perth Western Australia is Western Australia's premier museum devoted to railway history.

  • Open Days/times:Sunday 1pm to 5pm | Wednesday 1pm to 4pm
  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Trains

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Sunday

Description

The collection is highly significant as it is the only such one in Western Australia that aims to tell the story of all railways across the state. Other collections focus on one aspect or a region.

The majority of the collection is from the Western Australian Government Railways. There are also items representative of the extensive timber lines and gold mines that operated in the state as well as the private lines such as the Midland Railway Company.

The collection spans the whole spectrum of railway history. From Katie which was placed in service in 1881 when the Fremantle to Guildford Railway was built through to more modern diesel locomotives. Therefore whether you are interested is the heavy freight V class steam locomotives or the tiny 20 inch gauge mine locomotive 'Freudie' there is something to interest you at the museum. Four different railway gauges are exhibited.
Special events and visiting stalls are a feature of the annual "Railfest" day, usually in October - see the museum calendar.

Various passenger carriages and freight wagons that formed an integral part of the railway scene can also be appreciated. A number of these date back to the 19th century. The 1947 "Australind" buffet car is loved by children when hired for their own private birthday party.

The exhibition building houses an extensive collection of railway artefacts and photographs telling the story of railways in Western Australia. 

Ticket Information:

Adults $9 | Concession $7 | Children (4 - 14 years) $4 | Children under 4 Free

Batavia Gallery

Mutiny, massacre and shipwreck, all on WA’s shores? Yep, it happened off the Abrolhos on the Batavia ship, and this exhibition documents its gorily fascinating journey.

  • Galleries:Installation

Details

Description

The Batavia Gallery is the centrepiece of the Shipwreck Galleries. The gallery houses the reconstructed remains of the VOC ship Batavia, excavated by archaeologists in the 1970s.

After an extensive treatment and restoration process, the remains of the ship’s stern were rebuilt in this gallery.

The gallery also features a skeleton of one of the people murdered on the Abrolhos Islands, a replica of the impressive portico façade – carried as cargo to be used as a grand entrance to the city of Batavia - a reconstruction of the Captain’s cabin, and numerous other artefacts recovered from the wreck.

There is an elevated viewing deck to look down upon the stern of the Batavia, and appreciate the size and scope of the wreck and gallery.

Broomehill Historical Society

Broomehill Historical Society was officially declared in 1997 and the following year a stone building was erected on the corner of Great Southern Highway and Journal Street – which is now our Museum.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings
  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Public Holidays,By Appointment Only

Description

Broomehill Historical Society was officially declared in 1997 and the following year a stone building was erected on the corner of Great Southern Highway and Journal Street – which is now our Museum . The building was officially opened on 20 April 1898 and used as the Agricultural Hall where meetings and dances were held. A room at the rear was added later for Road Board members to meet. At one stage the building housed the Mechanics’ Institute. In 1923 the building was purchased by the Presbyterian Church, the porch was added and regular services were held until the early 1940’s. The brick work was rendered after 1946. The Broomehill Shire Council purchased the building in the late 1960’s and in 1979 it was officially opened as a museum, containing many items of historical interest for Broomehill.

The museum is open by appointment, at long weekends and special events. Volunteers contact numbers are displayed on the front door. To help us maintain our collection, we ask for an entry donation and Broomehill and Holland Track souvenirs are available for sale.

In 1893 Mr R. John Holland (b 1855 – d 1936) cut a direct cart track from Broomehill to the Goldfields which was and is still known as the Holland track.

Buratti Fine Art

Buratti Fine Art Pty Ltd specialises in the sale and management of premier Australian artists with its current stable comprising many of Australia's most well respected and important artists.

  • Galleries:Painting,Sculpture,Art Gallery,Ceramics,Drawing,Photography
  • Open Days/times:Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 11am - 2pm (Other times by appointment)

Details

  • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday

Description

Specialising in the sale and management of premier Australian artists, the current stable comprises many of Australia's most well respected and important artists.

Robert Buratti has worked as an art dealer nationally and internationally for over 15 years specialising in artist management and promotion. After studying visual arts, literature, culture and psychology at Macquarie University, he went on to a Master of Arts Administration at the College of Fine Arts, Sydney.

By the age of 29, he was the West Australian agent for the late surrealist master, James Gleeson as well as such notable artists as Fred Cress, Wendy Sharpe, Bernard Ollis and Guy Warren. His art criticism has been published locally and internationally and he regularly appears as an arts commentator on ABC, WestTV and Foxtel channels, as well as lecturing at the Perth Concert Hall and the Art Gallery of WA. He is a council member and President of the Friends of the Art Gallery of WA, critic for Artist Profile magazine, and consults to a range of government funded arts organisations on a regular basis.

Burt Memorial Hall Soldier Chapel

CATHEDRAL SQUARE An inner city neighborhood in the heart of Perth. Houses the Burt Memorial Hall named after the 2 sons of Septimus Burt and his wife Louisaso Burt Memorial Hall later chapel was built

  • Historical Sites:Buildings
  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:7AM - 5.30PM

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

The Burt Memorial Hall stands in the heart of the Heritage Precinct of Perth. It is an important historic symbol of Perth’s Burt family, who played a significant role in the government of the Swan River Colony when it was first established.
 
Archibald Burt came half way round the world to be the first Chief Justice of Western Australia, and earn a reputation for fair dealing with the indigenous peoples.
 
Of the three sons who came with Archibald in 1861, Septimus became the State’s first Attorney General. More recently, Archibald’s great-grandson, Sir Francis Burt, was Judge of the Supreme Court from 1969–77, Chief Justice from 1977–88, Lieutenant Governor of Western Australia from 1977–90 and Governor from 1990–93.
 
Tragically, Septimus lost two sons in the Great War. When Theodore Burt was killed at Montauban in 1916 his father built the Burt Memorial Hall as a memorial to his son. The Foundation stone on the South-West corner of the building was laid by Lord Forrest on 26 October 1917. A year later, Francis Burt was killed at Villers-Bretonneux. A memorial tablet of Donnybrook stone and Australian marble is mounted on the wall of the staircase well near the main entrance.
 
The Burt Memorial Hall is a superb example of a community building constructed in the Gothic Revival style. It was designed by Mr Herbert Parry, son of the second Bishop of Perth.
 
Worked into the fabric on the south side of the building facing St George’s Terrace are the Arms of the Diocese of Perth and the Burt family crest.
 
In 1922 a magnificent stained glass window depicting the Four Virtues was incorporated into this side of the building in memory of Septimus by his wife, Louisa. It consists of four large panels with figures representing the virtues of Justice, Prudence, Temperance and Fortitude. Beneath these panels are the Coats of Arms of the United Kingdom and Australia together with the Diocesan Arms of Canterbury and Perth.
 
The Hall’s position abutting St George’s Terrace, central to the Heritage Precinct increases its significance as a community facility. The lower dining room was used as a soup kitchen during the Great Depression of the 1930s. In World War II, it was used to house Dutch refugees fleeing from Indonesia (Dutch East Indies) and to provide meals to returned servicemen.
 
In May 1979 a fire in one of the rooms beneath the hall caused extensive damage to valuable equipment, books, furnishings and other effects. The fire also burnt the floor of the main hall, which had to be replaced.
 
The years have taken their toll on the old building. From 2012 to 2014, a new roof was added and a complete refurbishment undertaken as part of the Cathedral Restoration Project. The restored building was reopened and rededicated at Evensong on Sunday 20 July 2014.
 
The Burt Memorial Hall is currently used for a variety of Cathedral and diocesan functions, receptions, workshops, educational visits and exhibitions.

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