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.
New tenants at Peninsula Farm Café
Following an Expressions of Interest process, the National Trust has chosen a preferred tenant to take over the lease of the Peninsula Farm Café. Their proposed business is a low‐key, family-focused restaurant for up to 120 patrons and includes a nature‐based play area. A conditional liquor licence has been granted for table service only.
The proponent will be submitting a Development Application to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, which is the controlling authority for all planning along the river, including Peninsula Farm. The proposed business will be assessed and final terms and conditions for operating the restaurant will be determined by the Department as part of the development application process. The community will be invited to comment.
We encourage you to read the Development Application when it becomes available and take part in the community consultation if you wish to comment. This process will be managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and will take around six months from application to complete.
In the interim, the National Trust is looking at options to have a takeaway café service on site from mid-April.