Officially founded on 12 June 1829 by Captain James Stirling recordings actually note the first ‘sighting’ of the now-bustling city as early as January 1697 by Dutch sailors. Before European settlement arrived evidence actually suggests that this area around the Swan River had been occupied by Aboriginal people for over 40,000 years.

With a population of 1.65 million people Perth currently rates as the fourth largest city in Australia and ties for fifth place in The Economist’s 2009 list of the world’s most liveable cities (whatever that means!). Recent census for Perth states 1.3% of the city’s population now being made up by South Africans, although I reckon if you consider the diverse range of foreign passports we all mostly travel on you could easily compound this exponentially. You only need South Africa to play cricket against Australia at the WACA to see just how many crawl out from behind their rocks to cheer their old team onto another victory.

Below a few architectural images from the glorious city…

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