A public meeting was held on Wednesday 2nd October 1968 in the C.W.A. Hall York, convened by Miss E.L. Marwick to discuss the preservation of the historic town of York. During this meeting a Mr A. Boultbee proposed: "the formation of a society for the preservation and restoration of buildings of historic, architectural and aesthetic importance which contribute to the traditional character of York and for the preservation of scenery within and around the township. This will be called The York Society"
The York Society faced its first test of strength within two weeks of its formation with the occurrence of the Meckering earthquake on the 14th October with the subsequent damage to many of York's historic buildings. Although some were beyond repair, with help and guidance from the York Society many were restored to their former glory.
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