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About the year

During 2004 a number of events and activities took place throughout the year. In addition to special commemorative programs community groups were encouraged to undertake special events and to include the information in an events calendar on the 175th website.

Major Highlights of the year

175th Anniversary State Conference - 17-19 November 2004

Western Australia 2029 - A Shared Journey had a total of ten different strands. They were:

  • History
  • Indigenous
  • Heritage
  • Built Environment
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Resources and Technology
  • Constitutional
  • Children and Youth
  • Cultural Diversity, and
  • Citizenship and Participation

The conference presented participants with the opportunity to consider our shared journey and to contemplate what the future may hold. It reflected on the past, assessed the present and considered the legacy that we wish to bequeath to those who come after us.

Heritage Icons program

The people of Western Australia were asked to nominate the defining features that they considered to be uniquely Western Australia. Co-ordinated by the National Trust of Australia (WA) nominations were received from the community and considered by a selection panel with the winning nominations announced each month. Western Australian Song Contest

A song contest with four distinct categories was held to capture in song, the true essence of Western Australia. The winners of each of the categories were:

Primary School: "Wonderland" by Kevin Penkin and Max Tandy (Dianella)
Secondary School: "West" Jayden Delfos (Geraldton)
Amateur: "Seems like heaven" by Steve Frawley (Leda)
Professional: "Echoes of WA" by Ash Greig (Doubleview)

Category winners received $1000 and the overall winner 'Seems Like Heaven' written by Steve Frawley claimed the $15,000 prize.

Migrant Wall Project

This was the celebration of the migrant contribution to Western Australia through a Migrant Welcome Wall situated at the Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay in Fremantle.Small Grants Program

Two rounds of grants were offered to promote public awareness of our history, heritage and the natural and built environments.

WA On Show

August 27 - 31 saw the opening of the new Perth Convention Exhibition Centre with WA on Show. The Expo brought together displays of the State's finest attributes and products under one roof. The six pavilions were themed

  • Pavilion 1 - The 175th Anniversary of Foundation
  • Pavilion 2 - Transport and Tourism
  • Pavilion 3 - Media and Leisure
  • Pavilion 4 - Land and Sea
  • Pavilion 5 - Resources and Engineering
  • Pavilion 6 - The Year of the Built Environment 2004

Commemorative Medallions

A commemorative medallion was given to every kindergarten, pre-primary and primary student as part of the 175th anniversary of the State.

Birth Certificates

Every Western Australian baby born in 2004 received a special 175th anniversary Commemorative Birth Certificate signed by the Premier and the Governor.

John Curtin Statue

Wartime Prime Minister John Curtin was recognised with the commissioning of a new statue built in his honour and situated in his former Fremantle electorate.

Restoration of State War Memorial

The State War Memorial in Kings Par was reconstructed as a 175th Anniversary project to restore the water damaged monument.

Regional Sittings of Parliament

The 100th Anniversary of the Parliament Building was marked by Regional Sittings of Parliament with the Legislative Assembly in Albany for two days in March and the Legislative Council in Kalgoorlie Boulder in September.

Midland Railway Workshops

Funds were allocated towards the development of a Railway Workshops Centenary Precinct on the site of the historic Midland railway workshops.

Kimberley Culture

As part of the Perth International Arts Festival funding Kimberley Culture, a gathering of artists from the Kimberley nations on Noongar land. Artists from Warmum, Fitzroy Crossing, Kununurra and Derby celebrated some of the world's oldest living cultures, all emanating from one of Australia's most extraordinary and powerful places - The Kimberley region.

175th Anniversary logo

About the Logo

The logo for the 175th anniversary incorporates our state emblem, the black swan, with colour elements depicting the brown of the land, the green of the environment and the blue of the water.



Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.