Old Blythewood

Making a community on the Murray

Old Blythewood is a beautiful old farmhouse on Bindjareb Noongar Country on a high bank overlooking the Murray River.

For tens of thousands of years prior to the existence of this house, the Bindjareb Noongar made the most of the rich natural environment of the area, using fire and other methods to encourage species they prized for sustainable farming, hunting, and gathering.

John and Mary Anne McLarty bought the property in 1856, giving it the name ‘Blythewood’ and building the house that still stands today. Set on a high bank overlooking the fertile flats of the Murray River, Old Blythewood stands as a testament to the industry, ingenuity, and flexibility of the McLarty family.

John was a tenant farmer and Mary Anne the local postmistress. Not content to simply farm the land, in 1860 John was granted a publican’s licence and the house was built to accommodate the family business as well as the family itself.

Patrons of the McLarty family’s hotel and post office entered the small rooms off the veranda while access to the family bedrooms was from the dining room and parlour and a detached kitchen block was built at the rear.

The house was gifted to the National Trust by the McLarty family in 1972. Lotterywest funding supported conservation works to the house and kitchen building in 2020-21, including roof repairs, timber floor works, masonry conservation, external timber painting and site drainage.

The National Trust recognises that Old Blythewood sits on Binjareb Noongar Country, and that it is downstream from where the Pinjarra Massacre took place in 1834. We are committed to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and our work at Old Blythewood provides an opportunity to recognise the resilience of the Binjareb people and their ongoing connection to the land.

In 2019 the Trust approached the local Bindjareb Noongar community to talk about preparing a new Conservation Plan for Old Blythewood. We are continuing our work with the community to ensure that the story of the landscape in which Blythewood sits is shared with our visitors.

Jazz is back!

Join us on Sunday 2 October for the annual Jazz Picnic in the Gardens. Bring a picnic and listen to live jazz music, brought to you by Isabel Sargon of Vivid Music, in the relaxing springtime gardens at Old Blythewood.

Between sets you can explore an acre of springtime gardens, take a tour of the house, or buy a raffle ticket to win a great prize and support the Old Blythewood Heritage Appeal. Please note, house tours are limited so first in best dressed!

There will be plenty to keep kids busy with free face painting, a play area and a scavenger hunt with prizes.

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See, Do, Explore

Make a booking to explore the house and gardens of Old Blythewood to appreciate the industry and innovation of the McLarty family. Or come along to the annual Jazz Picnic in the Gardens, held in spring.

There is plenty more to see, do and explore in the Pinjarra area. The spectacular Serpentine Falls are just down the road and the annual Fairbridge Festival is a must-see for folk music lovers.

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Old Blythewood

Address:

6161 South Western Highway
Pinjarra 6208 WA

Open:

Saturday and Sunday 12.30-3.30 pm
Public holiday Mondays

Closed:

Closed Easter Sunday.
Please note, Old Blythewood will close if the Bureau of Meteorology forecast for Pinjarra is for 38 degrees or above. You will be able to use your tickets on another day or request a refund.

Phone:
(08) 9531 1485
Entry Fees:

National Trust Members - FREE
Adults - $10.00
Concession - $7.00
Children (5yrs and over) - $5.00
Children (under 5 yrs) - FREE
Family group of four (children 5-17 years) - $25.00
Companion card holders - FREE
Group bookings (10 or more people) - from $7.00 per person
(Schools by appointment)

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