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Barracks Arch

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Address: St. George's Terrace/Malcolm Streets | Perth Cbd, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
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Leftover from the march of progress

The Barracks Arch was supposed to be demolished with the rest of the Barracks, which once held former soldiers. Courageous resistance by several people, including Peter Durack... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 July 2016
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Melbourne, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

The BArracks Arch is just that an arch with nothing behind it. The drive up to it is nice with all the roses when in blooms the smell is enchanting

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

The Barracks Arch was supposed to be demolished with the rest of the Barracks, which once held former soldiers. Courageous resistance by several people, including Peter Durack MLA, prevented this wanton vandalism. The reason the politicians didn't like the Barracks was that it spoiled the view from Parliament House down St George's Terrace. This time, progress lost out. The Barracks... More 

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Thank Jeffry B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

The arch is at the junction of Malcolm Street and St Georges Terrace in the city. It was once the entrance to the Army Barracks (aka “Pensioner Guards Barracks”) which was built in the mid 1860’s. It almost got knocked down when they built the freeway but great to see they kept a little piece of Perth’s history.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

The Barracks are 150 years old. They once held the guards who looked after he convicts.. Like most Perth public buildings from the colonial period, the Barracks are made of brick and were intended to look like a castle In 1961, the State Government attempted to demolish the Barracks but were thwarted by a public outcry led by Peter Durack... More 

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Thank Jeffry B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2016

Good to have a close up look of this famous landmark. The stories it could tell of what has changed here over the last 100 years! So glad it was kept when so many torn down.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2015 via mobile

I love Barracks Arch - although it wouldn't be for you if you're not interested in historic buildings. It's a beautiful arch at the western end of St. George's Terrace, and if you want to find out the history of the arch, read the plaque on the northern wall of the arch. Nearby, there is a statue of a gentleman... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015

Many people don't realise that this monument Arch was once the opening to the Army Barracks situated on what is now the Freeway. Get close and look for photos - you'll be amazed at how big these barracks once were.

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015

Built as a Barracks for the Pensioner Guards who accompained the convicts of ships from the United Kingdom in the mid 1800's. When the Government of the day was going to demolish it to make way for the freeway, public outcry resulted in just the Arch that is visable today being saved. It stands as a reminder in full view... More 

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2015 via mobile

This small and rather undervalued arch may seems odd and out-of-place at first glance. I gather that many people passing by don't even know what this is or why it's there and so is left sadly neglected. If it did managed to piqued your interest enough to go and check it out, you would be pleasently surprise to find out... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2015 via mobile

Not a great tourist site but an interesting thing to know about,I suspect 99percent of people that drive by it everyday don't know it's history.great thing to keep for its history not great for tourists however.

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