Avon Valley Gazette - - OPINION -

I RE­CENTLY came to Guild­ford for the first time to visit a friend and was so im­pressed by its char­ac­ter and charm.

I would have never have imag­ined a town like this to ex­ist in mod­ern day sub­ur­ban Aus­tralia.

When I ar­rived it felt like I was step­ping back in time and into an­other world. I was even more sur­prised I’d never heard about it pre­vi­ously de­spite hav­ing vis­ited Perth sev­eral times and seen what I thought were all the main tourist sites.

This hid­den gem is cer­tainly wor­thy of more recog­ni­tion and ex­po­sure as one of Aus­tralia’s main her­itage at­trac­tions. It is re­mark­able to com­pre­hend that the rare beauty and charm of Guild­ford would be over­looked in favour of any de­vel­op­ment.

As mod­ern day Australians we need to recog­nise and con­nect to the short his­tory we’ve had and in do­ing so pre­serve places like Guild­ford for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions and our greater cul­tural liveli- hood. It is a truly unique and spe­cial place that de­serves to be cher­ished and pre­served in­def­i­nitely. PHIL DAVID, Manly, NSW

Pic­ture: David Baylis www. com­mu­ni­typix. com. au d468821

James Street in Guild­ford.

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