On 1 October join us at the Fraser Avenue Precinct as we celebrate our park and its history with music, children’s activities, a classic car display and exhibitions from 9am - 3pm.
Kings Park (Kaarta Koomba) has been a place of great cultural significance to the Whadjuk Noongar people for thousands of years and holds a special place in all our hearts.
The importance of preserving this flora and fauna sanctuary for generations to come was recognised as Perth city grew and developed.
In 1872 Governor Weld gazetted 175 ha on Mt Eliza as a Public Park and recreation ground following a survey by Surveyor General Malcolm Fraser.
This gazettal led the way to the protection of the park, with additional acres of land continuing to be expanded over the following decades. Perth Park was then renamed ‘The King’s Park’ on 23 July 1901.
The years since the gazettal have seen many special developments. The Karri Log was a family favourite for decades; the DNA Tower was constructed; restaurants were built to enliven the public’s experience; the State War Memorial honoured our fallen; and many more of the important locations we love today came to life.
This year we are celebrating 150 years since the gazettal and all the memories we have had together as a community. Many of us have had proposals or marriages in the park, brought now-adult children to the playgrounds when they were little, or remember fallen family members in the Honour Avenues. We’ve attended events and learned about our State and flora, leading many into careers in conservation and tourism.
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