Yagan Square in Perth, Western Australia, sits strategically between the city centre and Northbridge, connecting the two areas. As well, it links the Perth Railway Station and the Wellington Street Bus Station.
This new Perth attraction featured on my to-do-list for quite a while. Somehow, with the train-station almost on our door step and a three-kilometre journey, it seemed too close to make a special trip.
Eventually, I began to feel a silly admitting I hadn’t yet seen it. John and I made a lunch date. Dates, like holidays, should be fun at any age. Even simple lunches out, or holidays-at-home, which I wrote about in a post, ‘How to Holiday at Home’. We set off to enjoy our excursion.
A long time on the drawing board, Yagan Square can be thought of as a simple pedestrian walkway or as a meeting place and playground for everyone.
Where once a tangle of railway lines and rolling stock separated the city proper from Northbridge, there now exists a smooth transition with plenty of visual interest. I love the description from the official website, which says that the Square is ‘within the arms of the Horseshoe Bridge.
The photo below is of John, sitting on the side of the Bridge, which we have known and explored since we were kids in the 1940s.
John and I explored the precinct, built on two levels, in beautiful early winter sunshine. We lunched after much deliberation of many different cuisines in the food hall.
YAGAN SQUARE AND ABORIGINAL INFLUENCE
This newly developed area celebrates the Noongar people on whose country the development took place. Noongar representatives contributed from planning to completion of the project.
There is a strong Aboriginal narrative that runs through the square which incorporates stories from the Whadjuk people – the traditional owners of the land – exploring themes of place, people, animals, birds and landscape; all of which shape and create a strong sense of place. These stories have influenced various elements of Yagan Square, creating a unique space that is reflective of both culture and history.
NAMED TO COMMEMORATE YAGAN
The story of Yagan is both tragic and heroic. The early white settlers of Western Australia both feared and admired him. They saw in him a brave defender of his country. He was brutally murdered in 1833, four years after the settlement of the colony.
The murderers hacked off his head, which ended up in Liverpool Museum in the United Kingdom. A century and a half later, a delegation of Noongar people brought the head back to Perth. They buried it ceremoniously in the Swan Valley.
A nine-metre tall iron sculpture of the warrior Yagan dominates Yagan Square.