Located on the banks of the Swan River off Johnson Road, Maylands, is one of the first farms in the colony and what is thought to be the earliest metro residence still standing.
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 offering a tantalising glimpse into the past.
Constructed by Joseph Hardey in 1839, it was the third house he had built on Peninsula Farm, a property originally granted to him in 1830. Over the years the house was added to, expanded 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. Peninsula Farm, however, 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.
Enhancing community amenity
The National Trust is currently undertaking a master planning process at Peninsula Farm, which will include important upgrades to pathways, signs and toilets, to ensure this is a heritage site accessible to everyone. The master plan will establish conservation priorities, such as protection of significant trees and heritage buildings. Plans to improve the visitor experience include the potential for Aboriginal interpretation and interpretive landscaping of the gardens.
In addition, the City of Bayswater is leading riverbank regeneration, in consultation with the local Aboriginal community and the National Trust, to mitigate erosion.
Café now open at Peninsula Farm
The National Trust is excited to announce that a Pop Up café is open now Peninsula Farm, offering a gourmet delicatessen, fine coffee, hot drinks and fresh juices. Open 8am to 3pm 7 days a week. For bookings contact 0434 638 325.
The Pop Up café is an interim offer to meet the café needs of locals and visitors until the long-term tenancy is resolved. Following an Expressions of Interest process, the National Trust had chosen a preferred proponent to take on the long-term lease of the Peninsula Farm Café. Unfortunately, the proponents have informed us they wish to withdraw their proposal in order to focus on other business priorities.
The National Trust is committed to securing a long-term tenancy for the café that will complement the heritage values of the site.
We will continue to work with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and the City of Bayswater while we explore opportunities to provide the best amenity for the community to enjoy this very special place by the river.