Welcome to York
Only 97km from Perth, York is the oldest inland town in WA, first settled in 1831, just two years after the Swan River Colony. The settlers here saw similarities between the Avon Valley and their native Yorkshire, so Governor Stirling bestowed the name York.
Convicts were brought to the region in 1851 and contributed to the development of the district; the ticket-of-leave hiring depot was not closed until 1872, four years after the transportation of convicts to WA ceased. York prospered during the gold rush, servicing miners who were heading to Southern Cross, a goldfields town 273km to the east. Most of the town's buildings date from this time.