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The National Trust of Western Australia is a statutory authority that delivers heritage services, including conservation and interpretation, on behalf of the Western Australian government and community. It is responsible for managing heritage properties and collections, as well as natural heritage management and education.
It was created in 1959, following the model of the National Trust in England. The trust became a statutory authority through the National Trust of Australia (W.A.) Act 1964, and is part of the National Trust of Australia, along with similar organisation for the other states and territories of Australia. As an organisation it was registering properties and localities before state heritage legislation was enabled in Western Australia, setting a framework and grounding for governmental preservation and conservation of heritage.
The National Trust is custodian and owner of a range of historically significant properties:
Avondale Farm Cottages
East Perth Cemeteries
Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail
No. 1 Pump Station - Mundaring Weir
Peninsula Farm - Maylands
Samson House - Fremantle
Strawberry Hill - Albany
Warden Finnerty’s Residence - Coolgardie
Woodbridge House - Woodbridge
York Courthouse Complex - York
A significant number of historic properties throughout Western Australia were registered by the Trust in the 1970s prior to later registrations by local government and state agencies - an example is Toodyay Court House, which was classified by the Trust on 7 June 1977 and included on the Shire of Toodyay's Municipal Heritage Inventory on 27 August 1998. On 14 February 2003 it was placed on the permanent state heritage register.
Gregory, Jenny, Taylor, R., Ball, J., Schiller, K. & Dickinson, R., 1997, Traces of the Past: the National Trust Register of the Built Heritage of Western Australia, Centre for Western Australian History Nedlands and DUIT Multimedia, UWA.
Witcomb, Andrea & Kate Gregory 2010, From the Barracks to the Burrup : the National Trust in Western Australia, National Trust : UNSW Press
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