Preserve Perth

A young and vibrant city - Perth isn't always recognised for his heritage - but many of our oldest buildings have a rich and intriguing history.

"The heritage of Perth is absolutely fascinating." for Richard Offen from Heritage Perth - preserving our oldest buildings is paramount.

Here in Highgate the Lincoln Street Chimney is local landmark originally built as a sewerage vent - it was meant to be a solution to stop hydrogen sulphide gas building up in Perth's waste pipes.

"In an attempt to alleviate this problem in the deep sewers, three of these vent pipes were constructed and this is the only one remaining."

But the design was flawed creating a potent problem. Richard says "Hydrogen sulphide is heavier than air so it came out of the top of the chimney and immediately descended onto all these beautiful houses around us."

It was closed and converted into a police radio transmitter - before being shut down - but left standing as a legacy to the stink it caused.

Just around the corner, another more majestic landmark the mini castle, created by tea-shop owner Albany Bell, was inspired by the Cadbury factory in England. Then in the 1920's Albany Bell's son Peter took over - turning it into an egg farm, today it's been converted into hipster apartments.

Next we're headed to one of Perth's oldest sites. "This area was actually where James Stirling camped in 1827 when he was exploring the Swan valley."

It's now home to WA's most ancient church; All Saint's is 173 years old. All Saints' Priest Stuart Fenna says this was the first point of contact between Indigenous Australians and settlers in WA.

They're the buildings many of us have past, without realising the unique stories behind them - stories history buffs hope will be embraced - and passed down to generations to come.

www.heritageperth.com.au