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East Perth

East Perth at night with the Perth skyline in the background. [x]

About East Perth

East Perth is a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located next to the Perth CBD.

Primarily an industrial area in the early twentieth century, it was the location of the East Perth gas works, East Perth Power Station (which was decommissioned and the building is being renovated for other purposes), the East Perth railway yard, and East Perth engine sheds.

Facilities

Sporting attractions include home of the Western Australian Cricket Association, the WACA Ground and Gloucester Park Trotting Ground.

Educational facilities include Trinity College, a day school for boys, years 4 - 12.

History

East Perth is the location of Perth's significant early colonial era cemetery, which contains graves of many early colonial families. Its condition is marginal due to the loss of many headstones and lack of adequate record of graves, only 800 of the estimated 10,000 grave sites have been identified.

From the early 1980s, virtually all of the residential properties on the western side of Lord Street became home to commercial enterprises, and remain either as the single or duplex dwellings previously inhabited mostly by migrant families.

The former East Perth railway yard and engine sheds were removed in the 1960s and have been redeveloped into the Railway headquarters - consolidating a very scattered system of offices and sections for the railways.

East Perth serves as the main hub for country and interstate rail services and Road Coach services. Departing from the station are services such as the Prospector, Avonlink, tourist trains, and the most famous train in Australia, the Indian Pacific.

The original East Perth railway station is now called Claisebrook, and while it has the same number of platforms that it did in the 1960s, the original buildings have given way to modern shelters.