The City of Perth is showcasing 150 years of the Perth Town Hall through an online exhibition entitled Kuraree – The Heart of Perth or Koorari – Boorloo Koort-ak.
This innovative exhibition will explore the romance and mystique of the hall through a range of exciting stories, photos, videos, cultural collections and oral histories from Western Australians across the state.
Built in 1870, Australia’s only convict-built town hall has been a meeting place for Western Australians long before the first brick was laid.
The town hall site sits on a ridge of land called Kuraree, inhabited more than 50,000 years ago by the Traditional Owners of the Perth CBD area, the Whadjuk Nyoongar people. As such, the City of Perth’s Elders have been heavily involved in developing the Whadjuk Nyoongar story of the Perth Town Hall.
The online exhibition will allow visitors to explore the significance of the site for the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as well as the role the Town Hall has played as a host for public events and the way it has always been a meeting place for the Perth community.
As part of the exhibition, Elder Margaret Culbong will explain what the Perth Town Hall has meant to her people, while Elders Albert and Irene McNamara will share their memories of dancing at the Coolbaroo Club. Plus, tune into the exhibition to hear Elder Farley Garlett recount the story of Miago.
The City of Perth acknowledges the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters where Perth city is situated today, and pay our respect to Elders past and present.