Heritage Conversations

You're invited to learn from some of the industry’s best across this newly created series of meetings.

Connect with like-minded people, hear what the National Trust is up to and discover more about heritage while enjoying the surrounds of the Old Observatory.

Below is the list of the upcoming talks and topics. Choose what interests you and book your tickets.

Networking and drinks from 5.30pm with the talk commencing at 6pm.

Places are limited so book today.

Upcoming talks:

  • Wednesday 19 February: Conservation of the Old Observatory
    Louise Young – Lead Conservation Officer, The National Trust of Western Australia
    The Old Observatory on the hill in West Perth has a colourful history and is an important landmark in our city. The National Trust, with support from Lotterywest, undertook extensive external conservation on the 1897 Government Astronomers Administration and Residence building. In this talk, Louise will share the early history of the building and the recent conservation works, the challenges and solutions that came with this project and end with a guided tour of the building, showcasing the completed result.
  • Wednesday 18 March: In the footsteps of Gregory – a discussion about the results of Ground Penetrating Radar in East Perth Cemeteries, 2019
    Dr Shane Burke – Senior Lecturer Archaeology and History, The University of Notre Dame Australia
    In 2005, a surveyors transect of East Perth cemetery was identified in a survey field book. The transect, by Augustus Gregory and dated to 1845, showed a number of graves that are unmarked in 2020, including the graves of Samuel Kingsford and Capt. Richard Daniel (or Daniell). In 2019, a team from the University of Notre Dame Australia did Ground Penetrating Radar over the ground surveyed by Gregory, with the results suggesting that physical evidence still exists of graves in the oldest section of East Perth Cemeteries.

More dates and topics will be released soon so remember to check back here often.

Old Observatory


4 Havelock Street
West Perth WA 6005


5.30pm - 7pm

08 9321 6088
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