Quarry’s thirty years in lime­light

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

AU­DI­ENCES have rocked out to Paul Kelly, Tim Finn and The Church at the Quarry Am­phithe­atre through­out the years but not many of them would have known the strug­gle of get­ting it built.

The iconic Perth venue, and brain­child of Perth City Bal­let di­rec­tor Diana Wal­dron and her hus­band Ken, cel­e­brates 30 years with a sold-out con­cert on Fe­bru­ary 28 and an ex­hi­bi­tion in March at Cam­bridge Li­brary.

The quarry opened in 1834 when Henry Trigg was granted 500 acres of land and started up a quar­ry­ing and lime­burn­ing busi­ness.

Af­ter ex­pand­ing and chang­ing hands through­out the years, pri­vate quar­ry­ing stopped in 1906 and the site re­mained un­used for decades.

Ms Wal­dron said she and her hus­band Ken came up with the am­bi­tious idea of con­vert­ing the aban­doned quarry into a per­for­mance venue in the 1980s.

“We couldn’t af­ford to book His Majesty’s Theatre for per­for­mances, so we needed to find some­where for us, but that was where the big fight be­gan,” she said.

“Ken was an ar­chi­tect and we ploughed through the sand and came into the quarry where the stage is now and we said, ‘This is it’.

“No­body knew what on Earth we were do­ing.”

De­spite re­sis­tance from the com­mu­nity, the cou­ple re­ceived a $500,000 gov­ern­ment grant to get started.

The first live per­for­mance was held on Sun­day, Novem­ber 9, 1986.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d464384

Diana Wal­dron and Cam­bridge Mayor Keri Shan­non.

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