The York Society

Location: Sandalwood Yards, Avon Tce, York WA

Established in 1968 when shops and buildings in Avon Terrace came under threat when a new Department of LG order came into force requiring all verandah posts be removed from traditional main street verandahs. Old horse hitching rails also had to be removed. Up until that time the buildings in Avon Terrace had remained virtually untouched since construction in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

There was enormous public opposition to this order and although many of the old verandahs were removed and replaced with cantilever verandahs, the incident proved to be the dawning of an awareness of York's unique heritage. A public meeting was called in October 1968 to discuss the preservation of York's heritage buildings and out of this meeting The York Society was formed.

Today, York's heritage buildings and streetscapes are acknowledged by the National Trust and the Australian Heritage Commission,

In the last 20 yrs many of York's older homes and buildings, some dating from the 1850s and 1860s, have been restored by enthusiastic private owners.

Blandstown, for example, with its fine old buildings now beautifully restored after years of neglect, is an attractive example of an Australian colonial village.

Today, The York Society represents the key issues of Heritage and History. It manages the York Society Research and Archival Centre containing a large collection of published and documentary material that deals with York's history and it pursues an active publishing programme of historical monographs and the annual History and Heritage Journal, Barladong. An Art & Craft sub-committee mounts two important annual cultural events - the York Society Art & Craft Awards and the York Society Photographic Awards. Both events are keenly contested by artists both locally and State-wide

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Hours: Research and Archive Centre Hours: Wednesdays, 10am-2pm