The City of Perth

Perth was founded on 12 June 1829 by Captain James Stirling as the political centre of the free settler Swan River Colony. It has continued to serve as the seat of Government for Western Australia to the present day. Its port, Fremantle is a city in its own right and slightly older then Perth.

 

The metropolitan area is located in the south west of the continent between the Indian Ocean and a low coastal escarpment known as the Darling Range. The central business district and suburbs of Perth are situated on the Swan River. Perth is ranked 21st on The Economist's 2008 list of the World's Most Livable Cities.

 

Latest NewsPerth became known worldwide as the "City of Lights" as city residents lit their houselights and streetlights as American astronaut John Glenn passed overhead while orbiting the earth on Friendship 7 in 1962. The city repeated its feat as Glenn passed overhead on the Space Shuttle in 1998.

 

The City is experiencing substantial growth in terms of inner-city living, development and industry, servicing 100,000 daily visitors and workers in addition to its 13,000 inner-city residents. The City of Perth is a major provider of free entertainment for the 1.5 million people in the metropolitan area and is the premier destination for business, entertainment, nightlife, culture and the arts.

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