In 1968 an earthquake at Meckering, forty kilometres from York, shook many historic buildings to the ground. People who witnessed the quake recollect seeing the hills around the town pitching and rolling, walls collapsing, verandahs twisting and glass shattering.
York, the oldest inland settlement of Western Australia, with its heritage architecture, was about to vanish in a pile of rubble. The mood at the time was to tear down the old buildings and replace them. Local authorities, aware that some buildings had become unsafe, began demolishing the worst.
A small group of determined citizens, recognizing the need to preserve the past and protect the heritage of the buildings formed The York Society. Its principal aim was to revive, restore and cherish the history and architecture of this small and unique Australian country town.
Nowadays The York society has a broad membership which extends beyond the boundaries of the town and shire. Its members are representative of a wide range of people all with a common passion for heritage, cultural endeavours and the preservation of York.
The York Society manages the York Research and Archival Centre containing a large collection of published and documented material.
Today, York's heritage buildings and streetscapes are acknowledged by the National Trust and the Australian Heritage Commission and the town is recognised as a Historic Town listed on the register of the National Estate.
In the last twenty years many of York's older homes and buildings, some dating from the 1850s and 1860s, have been restored by enthusiastic private owners. While the town has enjoyed a considerable modern expansion in recent years some of the heritage areas can still be seen as they were one hundred or more years ago.
Blandstown, for example, with its fine old buildings now beautifully restored after years of neglect, is an attractive example of an Australian colonial village.
Email: email@example.com Postal Address: The York Society (Inc.) PO Box 143,YORK, Western Australia, 6302 Address: Sandalwood Yards and Tipperary School is located Cnr of Avon Terrace and Ford Street, York, WA 6302. Phone: (08) 9641 1765