21st November 2018 - 8th February 2019
A showcase of intriguing events and unsolved crimes along the Swan River from 1832-1947.
Slow and steady, the Swan River snakes its way into the heart of our City. The cool breeze rippling across the steely grey waters and the sound of gentle lapping against the banks provides reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the main drag.
However, these waters are heavy with stories of violence and blood, mystery and death.
This exhibition brings a smattering of these stories to the surface - from 1832 and a fatal riverside duel, to 1947 when a murderer went free and an innocent man died.
In between, an influx of convict labour saw notorious criminals arrive; bodies being dumped into the murky depths; stolen goods and weapons submerged; and killers washed the blood from themselves in the waters. Meanwhile, justice was served in the Old Court House which once stood on the banks of the Swan River.
We encourage you to think about these cases as not only stories of their time, but as stories of our time. Each has shaped Perth in some way or another. While our City has changed over the years as a result of the lawmakers and the lawbreakers, the Swan River has always remained constant – gently watching, quietly waiting for crime, justice and law to unfold.
Project Leaders: Marina White, Sarah Bailey, Nicholas van Hattem
Historians: Shannon Lovelady & Joanne Hyland
Curators: Shannon Lovelady & Reece Harley