Friday, August 26th, 2011
YORK in Western Australia is about to get a new lease of life with major plans afoot for the historic York Mill.

Built in 1892 from hand-made bricks, the building has had a variety of uses over the years and new owners Charles Morgan and Caroline de Mori are determined to make it a cultural icon for the town.

“The plan is to enhance the existing site while ensuring we acknowledge its history,” Ms de Mori said.

“The York Mill has maintained its historical significance and, even now, you can feel the past meeting the present.

“Part of our plan is to market the York Mill as a vibrant visitor destination worth the short one-hour trip from Perth.”

Already offering a licensed cafe, weekend markets and an art, crafts and gift gallery, several areas will be upgraded to incorporate functions and events while the variety of quality local and regional art and craft products and wares will also be increased.

A hairdresser and Russcyn Alpca Clothing store are already on site with more boutique stores planned for the future.

“The York Mill has a variety of rich inviting spaces we would like to completely fill with unique crafted giftware and artistic products,” Ms de Mori said.

“It’s known as one of the largest regional galleries in WA and this naturally lends itself to paintings, sculptures, pottery and a variety of hand-made produce that simply embraces the talents of designers and artists in this State.”

The husband-and-wife team will apply more than 30 years’ business experience to ensure the Mill achieves its potential.

“In terms of further capital investment, we plan to bring the York Mill up to the standard required to fulfil our vision,” Ms de Mori said.

“We are motivated by wanting to make a contribution to the community and an important heritage site while making wise investment decisions.

“We've owned property in York for some years and love the town, its history and surrounding landscape.”

Upcoming York Mill events include a September sale of quality hand-crafted wood furniture, offering a rare opportunity to purchase furniture designed and crafted by some of WA’s leading craftsmen.

WA artist Robert McCaffrey will be exhibiting his work between October 1 and November 1 and, from November 5, iron works artist Wayne Jeffery’s collection will be featured.

Work on an extensive 2012 events calendar has also begun. More information is available at

york1: New owners Charles Morgan and Caroline de Mori have major plans for the historic York Mill.

york2: The York Mill already has a licensed cafe, weekend markets and an art, crafts and gift gallery – with more to come.

york3: The variety of regional art and craft products on offer will be increased.

york4: September will see a major sale of quality hand-crafted wood furniture.

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The York Mill's Charles Morgan and Caroline de Mori

Current chair of the EON Foundation and LandCorp board member, Caroline de Mori is a former journalist who founded and managed two successful corporate communications businesses while Charles Morgan is a venture capitalist in the resources and mining sector.

He is a former WA Science and Innovation Council chairman and a philanthropist, recently donating a genome sequencing machine to the State.

They believe the York Mill, which they bought in April this year, is a good investment because it is one of the most iconic sites in the region.

“When the Mill came on the market, we felt there was a great opportunity to help preserve the town and the region's heritage while contributing to drawing visitors to the area so they could enjoy what’s on offer and benefit the regional economy,” Ms de Mori said.

She admits there are challenges ahead – and the main one is to create a centre of excellence for local and regional talent at the York Mill.

“We want to inspire day-trippers and weekenders to step out into the beautiful Avon Valley,” Ms de Mori said.

“It's only an hour from Perth and the York community is very active in organising lots of events and activities.

“It may sound old-fashioned but it's really a great day out for the whole family – nanna will enjoy it as much as the children, who can run around in the fresh country air.”
Sara Ronald
P: 0459 0277 70


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