The National Trust has partnered with a local tourism company to showcase the amazing history of the East Perth Cemeteries on a new weekly tour starting Saturday 5 March 2022.
A dedicated East Perth Cemeteries tour by Perth’s own Two Feet & a Heartbeat has been created in collaboration with the National Trust.
Five dollars from every ticket sold will go directly towards the conservation and management of this one-of-a-kind site.
“The National Trust is delighted to be partnering with this award-winning tourism company to introduce a new audience to East Perth Cemeteries,” said Julian Donaldson, National Trust of Western Australia CEO.
“The guides have an abundant passion for this special place and their tour really provides an insight into the early days of Perth and the hardships faced by so many.”
Tours will run on Saturday afternoons with a varying start time depending on the sunset. Guests are given unique information and insight into this special heritage site located in the heart of the city.
The first three tours have already sold out but tickets are available from Saturday 26 March.
The tour will highlight the lives of notable members of the Swan River Colony, as well as lesser-known people who lived extraordinary lives under extremely difficult circumstances.
There will be tales of murder, migration, adversity, and involuntary transportation to what was one of the most remote parts of the world back in the 1800s.
Two Feet & a Heartbeat Operations Manager Cassie Van Lendt said the company wanted to explore rich and fascinating history of Perth and Western Australia through the stories of the people buried in the cemeteries.
“The East Perth Cemeteries give us an incredible insight into the early years of settlement in the Swan River Colony”, Ms Van Lendt said.
“On the tour, guides share the stories of the people buried in the cemeteries and how their contributions built and shaped the city we live in today.”
Two Feet & a Heartbeat is Western Australia’s most awarded walking tour company and multiple WA Tourism Hall of Fame inductees. The team has also won two consecutive Gold Medals for Food Tourism at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards and is up for a third in March 2022.
National Trust volunteers will continue to open the cemeteries on Sunday afternoons from 2.00–4.00 pm for anyone wishing to revisit or learn more about the cemeteries. These Sunday visits can now be booked online.
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