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Guildford Historic Town - Submissions Closed
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As one of three towns established in WA during the founding of the Swan River Colony in 1829, Guildford Historic Town is one of the State's most impressive historic areas. Illustrating at least five key periods in the State's history, the highly authentic built fabric reads as a cohesive precinct. Guildford was central to the agricultural and horticultural development of the Colony, as the first, and only, inland port in Western Australia.

Heritage Significance and Proposed Registration

Earlier this year, the City of Swan nominated Guildford Historic Town to the Heritage Council to be considered for entry in the State Register of Heritage Places.

There are 28 individual places entered in the State Register within Guildford Historic Town that are already recognised for the contribution they make to the State's history and development in their own right.
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Entry of Guildford Historic Town in the State Register will ensure it is recognised and celebrated as one of Western Australia’s premier heritage precincts. View the area proposed for entry in the State Register

The Minister for Heritage makes the final decision as to whether or not Guildford Historic Town will be included in the State Register.

Stakeholder Engagement

On behalf of the Heritage Council, the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage recently completed 7 weeks of stakeholder engagement on the proposal to enter Guildford Historic Town in the State Register.

The department sent the Draft Heritage Assessment of Guildford Historic Town, together with a formal request for comment, to all stakeholders. This included owners within Guildford Historic Town, other key stakeholders and the City of Swan.

This material can be downloaded using the links below. The register entry will be based on the following three documents:

The period for providing comments on registration has now closed.

All documentation will shortly be presented to the Heritage Council, which will make a recommendation to the Minister as to whether or not to enter Guildford Historic Town in the State Register.

The process for entering a place in the State Register can be viewed in the Registration process flowchart.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some commonly asked questions about what it means to be on the State Register can be found in the Guildford Historic Town FAQs.

Some of the topics you may be interested in include:

  • The Heritage Council and registration
  • Heritage significance and the boundary of Guildford Historic Town
  • Benefits of registration
  • Developing registered places
  • Other general information

If you have any queries, please email us at

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