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Galleries in York


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Gallery 152

Located in a beautifully restored heritage building, Gallery 152 is a new commercial gallery working to restore York’s reputation as a hub for artists, festivals and other cultural events.

  • Galleries:Mixed Media,Drawing,Painting,Sculpture
  • Open Days/times:Monday - Sunday 10am - 3pm

Details

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

Description

York is Western Australia’s first inland town which is characterised by its many heritage buildings, some of which have been retained for 160 years.
 
GALLERY 152 IS OPEN DAILY 10AM-3PM

The York Residency Museum

Convicts, ceramics and Chinese market gardeners are just a few of the fascinating subjects revealed at The York Residency Museum, York's treasure-house of history.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:Tue - Thu 1PM - 3PM, Sat & Sun 11AM - 3.30PM

Details

  • Facilities:Cafe,Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

Description

Convicts, ceramics and Chinese market gardeners are just a few of the fascinating subjects revealed at The York Residency Museum, York's treasure-house of history.

This 1856 heritage building, was originally part of a Convict Hiring Depot, then the official residence of York's early magistrates. As you tread the lovingly polished floorboards it's easy to imagine it as the home of one of the pillars of early York society. Locally made jarrah wood furniture intermingles with oil paintings, samplers and photographs from the mid to late 19th century. See if you can find the chair made entirely without screws or nails.

The faces, full of character, of three ex-convicts greet you in an unusual photographic portrait hanging above displays of Aboriginal artefacts- poignant reminders that settlement did not please everyone.

Definitely not just another 'dusty old place', the York Residency Museum shows aspects of civic and religious life in the emerging town with leisure time, school days and health as selected themes plus displays of personal possessions, ceramics and silverware.

Visiting Residency Museum gives you the perfect opportunity to relax unwind and get a glimpse into the lives of the people who created York - people as unique as you. 

York Courthouse Complex

Explore the intriguing story of country policing from the days of the first convicts.

  • Open Days/times:Thursday to Monday 10am - 4pm
  • Museums:Local History,Other

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Thursday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

From the lofty grandeur of the court room to the stark confines of the prison cells, the York Courthouse Complex tells the intriguing story of country policing from the days of the first convicts to the late twentieth century.

York was Western Australia’s first inland town (founded 1831) and in 1852 the first part of the courthouse complex, the cell block and police station, was built. As the town prospered and expanded, so did the complex. A courtroom was added in 1859, the police station was expanded, and a troopers’ cottage, stables and yard were built to the rear. With the influx of money from the goldfields, part of the complex was demolished and a new two-storey courthouse was built in 1895.

The cells continued to be used until 1981 when a new police station was built in the town. The court room was still in use after the National Trust acquired the property in 1983.

York Motor Museum

Soak in the rich motor history in WA's oldest automotive museum.

  • Museums:Motoring

Details

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

Description

Peter Briggs and James Harwood established the historic York museum in December 1979, and has now become Australia's oldest and most successful private motor museum. 

There are three main galleries on offer; two general areas and one specialising in the history of motorsport. 

The exhibits include Veteran, Vintage, Classic and Racing Cars plus Motorcycles and Racing Bikes. In addition to the motor vehicles of all shapes and sizes, visitors can catch a glimpse of the collection of posters, motoring memorabilia and photographs around the room. 

For the car lovers and enthusiasts, or anyone with a slight interest in the history of motors, this is the place in town to visit. 

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