Things To See and Do
This parkland was officially named 'Russell Square' from inception, in memory of Lord John Russell, the Secretary of State and Colonies, 1839, and Prime Minister, 1846-1852. However, from an early stage it became known as 'Parco dei Sospire', - 'The Park of Sighs'. It gained this title as it was the favoured meeting place of the Italian community of 'Little Italy'. It was also opposite the Italians' favoured pub, the Victoria Hotel.
In October 1994 Russell Square was upgraded. Improvements such as installing gateways, fencing and lighting, adding furniture and water features and reconstructing the brick paving and irrigation were included. Also, as part of the program, the park has become home for some thirty original sculptures, designed and constructed by local artists Greg James and Drago Dadich. They add life to the square and are well worth a look.
Russell Square is located on James Street. It is surrounded by Parker, Shenton, and Aberdeen Streets, in Northbridge.
The reserve, managed by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, supports 250 species of plants and about 100 native animals.
The Kings Park Visitor Information Centre on Fraser Avenue can provide further information on all events and activities within the park.
Aboriginal Art Gallery
Situated high on Mount Eliza, Kings Park, in Perth Western Australia the Aboriginal Art Gallery will dramatically enrich the visitor’s understanding and experience of Indigenous Art and Culture. The gallery, which has been established for 16 years, exhibits the works of Aboriginal Artists from Western Australia and Northern Territory. The Aboriginal performers, who from time to time work in the gallery, talk about culture, artefacts, bush food and medicine from the Nyoongar area. Authentic Aboriginal -The Label of Authenticity distinguishes genuine product from those manufactured overseas or by non-Aboriginal people, giving greater confidence to the market place.