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Buttons and Bones – York Convicts

The lives of convicts stationed at York Convict Depot are revealed in a fascinating new display that draws upon recent archaeological excavations and the Residency Museum collections. Opening on Saturday 20 April at 2pm, there will be an archaeologist’s talk about the exhibits and digs on the site.

York Residency Museum is the last remaining part of the York Convict Depot, one of only a handful that were established throughout Western Australia during the 1850s. Several archaeological excavations have taken place here over the last eight years, giving tantalising glimpses of the everyday lives of the convicts who were stationed here whilst engaged on public works like building roads and bridges or awaiting hire by local employers.  Even the button that popped off a jacket has a story to tell – you’ll never guess who it might have belonged to!  Come along and find out and enjoy a wander around one of York’s most iconic heritage buildings. The exhibition will run throughout and beyond the Australian Heritage Festival.

Event dates

Event Details

Brook Street, York, WA

From Perth, go straight across the crossroads at the entrance to York, cross over the Avon River and turn right down Clifford Street. Turn left at the bottom of Clifford Street and the Museum is on your right.


Exhibition Opening 2pm, Sat 20 April. Archaeologist's talk 3pm - 4.30pm

Normal opening hours thereafter:
Tues/Weds/Thurs, 1pm - 3pm
Sat/Sun, 11am - 3.30pm

Entry fees:
Adults $5, Children $3, Concession $4
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