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Hidden Perth

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Delve behind the usually closed doors of some of Perth's special heritage places and spaces!

Heritage Perth will open the doors to some of Perth's more unknown, unusual and hidden in plain site heritage places within the city.

On 13 May, take a sneak peek inside the exclusive Karrakatta Club, Bon Marche Arcade and Cathedral House (formally Archbishop's Place)

The Karrakatta club was founded in 1894 for the mutual improvement of women. Now located in the historic Lawson Apartments in Perth’s city centre, you will be able to visit the elegant function rooms in the art-deco premises and hear about the history of this hidden organisation. While you're there enjoy a delicious cream tea (bookings required, available between 1pm-3pm), or listen to Ruby clarinet quartet and WAAPA vocalist Morgan Halket, accompanied by Maddie Moulin (1pm, 2pm and 3pm). Take time to browse the rooms or take one of three guided tours at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.00pm (bookings required).

If fashion and shopping is more your passion, make sure you visit Bon Marche Arcade . Once one of the most imposing buildings on Barrack Street it was opened in 1901. As an up-to-date building, it had a hydraulic lift, and lavatories (how fancy)! This impressive building has been home to many businesses and retail shops. Come and see behind the usually closed doors of this grand old dame and our exclusive pop-up vintage make-up/stylist, vintage markets and period re-enactors.

Cathedral House, originally known as Archbishop’s Palace, was largely built by Subiaco and New Norcia Benedictine monks in 1855-56. 160 years on, the building is still the residence of WA's Roman Catholic clergy. Guided tours will run at 11.00am and 2.30pm only (bookings required). You can enjoy the exterior of the building from within the usually closed Cathedral House gardens. Information will be available on the proposed redevelopment of the gardens which once provided the House with its kitchen needs.

A visit to St John’s Pro-Cathedral just across Victoria Avenue, offers an historic snapshot of life and work of the Catholic Church in WA. The Pro-Cathedral is the birthplace of the Catholic Church in Western Australia, and the second-oldest building in the Perth CBD. The church’s foundation stone was laid in 1844 and was the principal place of worship for Catholics until 1865 when a new cathedral, St Mary’s, was built just a few hundred metres away.


Heritage Perth is proudly supported by the City of Perth.

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Help us to promote community spirit and foster a celebration of our heritage that inspires a strong cultural identity for the people that live, work, play and visit Perth by becoming a supporter.

Although this event is free we would appreciate any donations you can make. Your generous donation will help Heritage Perth to continue to offer engaging events (such as Perth Heritage Days), present thought-provoking exhibitions and talks, provide community outreach programs and educational resources.

Please help us strengthen and enhance Heritage Perth for this and future generations!

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