Visit Woodbridge - Ford Street, Woodbridge 6056 WA. From Woodbridge Train station, cross Great Eastern Highway to Third Avenue, walk up Third Ave and turn left into Governor Stirling Road and proceed past Governor Stirling High. Closed in July.
The attractive site on the banks of the Swan River, just east of the historic town of Guildford, was originally taken up by the colony’s first Governor, Captain James Stirling. By 1831, he had built a cottage there, a retreat from Government House. The property was purchased in 1883 by Charles Harper, agriculturalist, legislator and part owner of The West Australian newspaper. He proceeded to display his position and wealth by building the current house.
In 1896, Harper established Guildford Grammar School in his billiard room, and fourteen years later the Anglican Church purchased the entire property – land, building and furniture – for the school. During World War Two and the early post war period it was used as the Old Women’s Home before its conversion again in 1964 for school use.