Russell Square, Perth

Russell Square in Perth, Western Australia is a large public space between Aberdeen Street and James Street in Northbridge. It was named after Lord John Russell.[1]

The eastern boundary is on Parker Street, which is the location of the Saints Constantine and Helene Greek Orthodox Cathedral,[2] and the Hellenic Community Centre.[3] Shenton Street is the western boundary of the square. Russell Square was created some time between 1838 and 1845; it appears on 1845 maps of Perth, but not on 1838 maps.[4][5][6]

It has also been known as Parco dei Sospire ("The Park of Sighs") as it was the favoured meeting place of the Italian community of "Little Italy".[7]

In the early 1990s it was reviewed in planning studies.[8] In October 1994 Russell Square was upgraded, and thirty sculptures were designed and created by local artists Greg James[9] and Drago Dadich.

It has been a venue for the Festival of Perth.[10]


  1. "Perth names". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 10 December 1938. p. 4. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  2. Yiannakis, John N; Hellenic Community of Western Australia (2012), The 75th anniversary of Greek Orthodox Church of Saints Constantine and Helene, Perth : an outline history of events leading to its consecration, Hellenic Community of Western Australia, ISBN 978-0-646-58480-5
  3. Hellenic Community of Western Australia, 50th anniversary : 1923–1973, retrieved 22 March 2013
  4. Western Australia: An atlas of human endeavour: 18291979. Western Australia: Government Printer. 1979. p. 48.
  5. "Perth 18a. Plan of Perth Township showing Lots, Streets & Lakes from Mt Eliza in West to Walters & Claise Brooks in East, Lakes Henderson & Poulett to North & St Georges Terrace in South. Unsigned, probably Hillman, 1838 [scale: 6 chains to an inch]". State Records Office of Western Australia. Series S235 Original Plans – Townsites, Item 289. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  6. "Perth 18F. Copy of Plan of Perth Townsite Map 18E (see Map 18E for details) added notation of Fieldbook 2 p. 9 by W. Phelps, 1859-60 [scale: 6 chains to inch, Tally No. 005728]". State Records Office of Western Australia. Series S235 Original Plans – Townsites, Item 297. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 December 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. Western Australia. Dept. of Planning and Urban Development; Donaldson and Warn Consultant Architects; Perth (W.A. : Municipality). Council (1991), Northbridge study : final report 1991 [Draft] (1st ed.), Perth, W.A, retrieved 22 March 2013
  10. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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