YORK COURTHOUSE COMPLEX
Avon Terrace, York
York was the first inland town established in Western Australia. The Old Gaol and Courthouse
complex features historic colonial buildings which date from 1852. The buildings, erected gradually over many
years, include two law courts, prison cells and a troopers' cottage.
The interpretation of the York Courthouse Complex
includes the history of law and law enforcement in the region and shows the significance of this place in its
development from settlement to the present day.
In conjunction with a visit to York Courthouse Complex, read The Prisoner (pdf) to begin discussion about how prisoners at the site would have
Plays for Performance
are a series of Plays in pdf format that can be downloaded, rehearsed off site and performed at the York
Courthouse Complex. The setting provides a unique opportunity for students to recreate through performance, aspects
of their history and heritage in the original location.
The Plays are representative of the cases
heard in the York Courthouse between 1860 and 1934. They are designed to be rehearsed and performed prior to the
visit by students working in groups. Links to the Western Australian Curriculum Framework through the Learning
Outcomes of Society & Environment: ICP; TCC and Active Citizenship and English are downloadable. Suitability
range - Years 5 to 12
The main performance space is the 1874 courtroom.
Refer to the floor plan to view the layout of the buildings. Students should be prepared for visitors in
the Complex while they are performing.
Costumes are available for students use while
presenting the plays on site. Please enquire about this when making your booking.
The National Trust suggests teachers/leaders read
through each play and use their discretion to ensure suitability.
of S&E for years 8 to 12 should contact the National Trust to discuss curriculum specific
Booking Fees and to Request a Booking click here
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