About the open day
• To mark this milestone event the Heritage Group’s first book The History of Pickering Brook and Surrounding Areas, researched and written by Gordon Freegard, will be officially launched by the National Museum of Australia’s Director Dr Mathew Trinca.
• The book provides a wonderful collection of photographs and stories of the many families that helped build the community.
Things to see and do:
• Wander through historic buildings
• View the photographic display and agricultural machinery and equipment
• Learn more from the many local volunteers who will be on hand to share the stories.
Entertainment and activities:
• The Italian Ladies Choir
• Bush Poets
• Log chop and Sleeper Hewer
• Bush Band
• Kanyana Wildlife Centre will bring along animals native to the area
• Food and stalls
• Craft activities for the children.
• Vintage Cars
• Clydesdale Horses
• Bus Tours of the district
Key points of interest:
• Perth City Councillor Benjamin Mason founded Mason Mill in Pickering Brook in 1864
• The Mill provided employment for convicts as well as European migrants looking to start a new life in Australia
• The local and European families were paramount in establishing Pickering Brook and the surrounding area as one of the State’s largest export orchard regions
• During World War 2 the prison took the overflow of maximum security prisoners from Fremantle prison and re-located to Barton’s Mill Prison.These prisoners were housed in solitary confinement quarters constructed from the local jarrah in the area
• When the Heritage Group established in 1994 they were fortunate to acquire the solitary confinement quarters from the Ministry of Justice and it was relocated to the Heritage Park.
Today, Pickering Brook continues to be a vibrant multi-cultural community in the Perth Hills which attracts local and international visitors to the local orchards, wineries and restaurants.
Cost (if applicable):
Heritage Park next to school