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Broome tour honoured in list of 30th annual Heritage Award finalists

Jane MurphyBroome Advertiser
St John of God Heritage Centre volunteers and staff members Margaret Deegan, Helen Mary Martin, Junie Cattermole and Sarah Keenan outside the foundation hut as part of the Free Women on a Savage Frontier tour.
Camera IconSt John of God Heritage Centre volunteers and staff members Margaret Deegan, Helen Mary Martin, Junie Cattermole and Sarah Keenan outside the foundation hut as part of the Free Women on a Savage Frontier tour. Credit: Carly Laden/Broome Advertiser

A Broome historical tour has been named in a list of Statewide finalists for the 2022 Heritage Awards.

Free Women on a Savage Frontier is a 45-minute guided tour offered by SSJG Heritage Centre in Broome and explores the tale of two religious Sisters who disembarked a pearling lugger into the northern WA town in 1908.

The tour was first created as part of the Shinju Masturi festival in 2017, however, after considerable success, it was brought on as a permanent feature of the heritage centre’s offerings.

It has now been honoured as one of 23 finalists noted for their delivery of a unique heritage tourism experience in WA.

Free Women on a Savage Frontier is up against Gage Roads Fremantle and Vincent Street Heritage Walking Trail for the Heritage Tourism Product Award, one of seven to be presented on the night.

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The 2022 WA Heritage Awards is set to be held on November 25 at WA Museum Boola Bardip.

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