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Story: York
Episode: 7
Presenter: Chrissy Morrissy
Air Date: 4 July 2021

The town of York is full of great history and exciting attractions! Chrissy digs deep to uncover the history of the town and share all its hidden gems with us.

  • York is the oldest inland town in Western Australia, situated on the Avon River, 97 kilometres east of Perth in the Wheatbelt, on Ballardong Nyoongar land.
  • The name of the region was suggested by JS Clarkson during an expedition in October 1830 because of its similarity to his own county in England, Yorkshire.
  • After thousands of years of occupation by Ballardong Noongar people, the area was first settled by Europeans in 1831, two years after Perth was settled in 1829.
  • Wongborel /Mount Brown is 342m above sea level and is a highly significant site to the aboriginal people. People visit for various pursuits including hiking, mountain biking, photography and drone flying!
  • Avon Terrace is the main street of the town of York and is lined with heritage buildings including; the Post office 1866, the Imperial Homestead - established in 1886, Dinsdale’s Shoe Emporium built in 1887 and York town Hall 1911.
  • Every year in September the York Motor Show draws thousands of car enthusiasts to town.
  • The Motor Museum offers three main galleries of cars, motorbikes and bicycles, two general areas and one specialising in the history of motorsport.
  • The museum has 60 cars and 16 motorcycles and other vehicles as well as motor memorabilia.
  • The Swing Bridge is a suspension footbridge with steel cables and timber decking spanning the Avon River, linking the commercial centre of York with the Holy Trinity Church.
  • In 1897 there were complaints about bathers near the suspension bridge paying “no attention to bathing costume”.

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