Quarry Amphitheatre

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The Quarry Amphitheatre is an outdoor venue located close to the ocean in Floreat, Western Australia. It has a 19 by 13.5 m (62 by 44 ft) sprung wooden stage and changing facilities for around 80 performers. It was officially opened on 9 November 1986 and is operated by the Town of Cambridge.[1]

The amphitheatre is located in an old limestone quarry, first quarried in 1834 by Henry Trigg. The limestone from the quarry being used for construction, and lime-burning. In 1847 Trigg sold the landholdings to Walter Padbury, who continued the quarrying operations. At the height of the limestone kilns operations, more than 50 men worked at the site. The land then was sold to brothers Henry and Somers Birch in 1869, and then on to Joseph Perry in 1879. Perry kept the quarry and lime kilns working, with the last lime kiln being built in 1897. The quarrying ceased in 1906. In 1917 the land was sold to the Perth City Council

The concept of converting the quarry as an amphitheatre was conceived by Diana Waldron, the director of the Perth City Ballet Company, in the early 1980s. With funding support from the Commonwealth Government, Lotteries Commission and the former City of Perth, the vision finally became a reality and the Quarry Amphitheatre was officially opened on 9 November 1986. It is set in natural bushland and supports a capacity audience of 556.[1] It is a licensed BYO facility.[1] The venue is used extensively between October and May for a range of events from ballet to concerts and large weddings.

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  1. ^ a b c "Quarry Amphitheatre". Retrieved 19 January 2011. 

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Coordinates: 31°56′22″S 115°46′39″E / 31.9395°S 115.7775°E / -31.9395; 115.7775