Perth

If you need to send flowers in or around the Perth area to a friend or family member your local florist can help. It's easy to arrange flowers sent to many of Perth's hospitals including Royal Perth Hospital, Mount Hospital, South Perth Hospital, or Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. From saying congratulations on the birth of a baby, to get well soon, letting people know you are thinking of them and care is so easy to do. Flowers brighten any room when you're not there.

Local Facts and Interesting things about Perth

Perth is both the largest city in Western Australia - and the States capital city. It is the fourth most populated state in Australia with most of the population living in the greater Perth area which is located on the Swan Coastal Plain - a narrow strip of land between the Indian Ocean and a low coastal escarpment called the Darling Scarp. Perth is part of the South West Land Division of Western Australia. The first areas settled were on the Swan River with the cities central business district and Port Freemantle - both located on its shores.

Local History surrounding Perth WA

In 1829 Perth was founded by Captain James Stirling as the administrative area for the Swan River Colony, in 1856 it gained city status. The city has been named after Perth Scotland thanks to the influence of Member of Parliament for Perthshire and Secretary of State for war and the Colonies Sir George Murray. As a result of the Western Australia gold rushes in the late 19th century the city's population increased dramatically, mostly due to emigration from the eastern colonies of Australia. Freemantle served as a base for submarines operating in the Pacific Theatre during Australia's involvement in World War Two, and a US Navy Catalina flying boat fleet was based at Matilda Bay.

After the war an influx of immigrants from Greece, Italy, Britain and Yugoslavia led to a rise in population. Thanks to a surge in economic activity following the mining booms of the late 20th and early 21 st centuries saw Perth become the regional headquarters for large mining operations located around the state.

In 1962 Perth became known worldwide as *The City of Light* when residents and businesses lit their houses as John Glenn - American astronaut passed over the earth while orbiting in Friendship 7. They repeated this for John Glenn again in 1998 when he passed overhead in the Space Shuttle.

Tourisn in Perth

Tourism is an important part of the state's economy with many attractions based around the city centre - the Swan River, the coast and Freemantle. In addition to the Perth Cultural Centre there are other museums across the city, the Scitech Discovery Centre is in West Perth and it is an interactive science museum which alters its exhibitions regularly, it also operates the adjacent Horizon Planetarium. Located in Freemantle is the Western Australian Maritime Museum which displays maritime objects from all eras and it is home to the yacht that won the 1983 America's Cup - Australia 2 along with a former Royal Australian Navy submarine.