A colonial farmhouse on an ancient land.
Nitja Wadjuk Moort Boodjar Nyungar Boodjar Ngulla Birdiyia Ngulla Moort Djinoong Koorlinjy Nitja Nyungar Boodjar Wu-rut Woorat.
This has been the land of the Wadjuk people for many thousands of years. This area is known as Wu-rut Woorat.
Located on the banks of the Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River), in the now urban suburb of Maylands, Peninsula Farm at Wu-rut Woorat is a place of great historical importance to our state. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the first years of European settlement in Western Australia and reflect on a landscape that provides a tantalising glimpse into the past.
Peninsula Farm was one of the first farms in the Swan River Colony and is one of the earliest Perth metropolitan residence still standing.
The entire peninsula was granted to colonists arriving aboard the Tranby in 1830 and became known as the ‘Peninsula Farm’. Joseph Hardey was allocated a share of this land and he with his wife Ann built the house you see today in 1839, after losing the previous two houses to flooding. Over the years the house was added to, expanding outwards and upwards. At the same time, the farm became smaller and smaller.
Peninsula Farm remained in the Hardey family until 1913. Joseph Hardey and his son Richard, who took over management of the property in the late 1860s, were highly influential in the religious, business and political activities of the colony. However, Peninsula Farm tells more than just their stories.
It also tells of their wives and daughters, the women and servants who ran the house and the workers who ran the farm. It tells of farming, and how families and the young colony sustained themselves. And it tells the stories of dispossession and dislocation of the Whadjuk Noongar people, as the Swan River Colony grew and more of their land was carved up for new owners.
Peninsula Farm was purchased by Harold Cheshire in 1951, to keep and train racehorses. The house and remnant land survived major subdivision as Perth became more urbanised and the National Trust took over management of the place in 1977.
See, Do, Explore
Peninsula Farm tells many stories – of connection to Country and family, of changes to land use over time and of the constancy of the Derbal Yerrigan.
Book now to explore the house and wander the grounds to enjoy the beautiful views of the riverscape and imagine what life was like in and before the days of the Swan River Colony. Or join us for our popular Christmas Carols at the Farm each December.
Educators are also encouraged to book one of our popular Peninsula Farm school curriculum programs.
And there is plenty more to see, do and explore in Perth for those wanting to learn more about the area’s history and to explore more cultural and natural heritage places.
Peninsula Farm Café
An exciting new tenant is coming to Peninsula Farm Café and we anticipate it will open in spring 2022.
Residents of Maylands, Danny and Tania are a dynamic husband and wife team, and founders of Perth’s iconic BODHI Spa group.
Their vision for Peninsula Farm Café is one of sustainability and simplicity, to create a family-friendly destination café on the banks of the Swan River.
During the fit out, volunteers will continue to open the historic Peninsula Farm building to visitors Friday to Sunday 11.30 am – 3.00 pm and you can book tickets online.
Education and group visits will also continue and the grounds will be open daily.