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Published May 23rd 2013
A unique collection from Western Australia's past
The historical Azelia Ley Homestead Museum, located in Manning Park in Hamilton Hill has a long and fascinating history. Once known as Manning House, this heritage listed residence was built in the early 1900's and originally sat on one hundred and fifty two acres of land known as the Manning Estate.
Azelia Ley Homestead Museum
The Azelia Ley Homestead Museum is open to the public on Sunday afternoons between 1.30pm and 4.30pm. This lovingly restored, Victorian Era homestead is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, and houses a collection of many interesting artefacts and historical pieces of memorabilia.
Azelia Ley was born in 1872, the daughter of Lucius Manning, she inherited the Manning estate, when her parents died. Azelia and her husband Jack built Manning House (now known as the Azelia Ley Homestead Museum, which was completed in 1923. Azelia Ley was well known in the region, and after her husband died in 1927 she ran her homestead, her properties and her farm alone and became somewhat of a recluse.
Visitors to the Azelia Ley Homestead Museum can see a vast collection of furniture, clothing, photographs, paintings, toys, memorabilia, historical artefacts and much more.
The original homestead building gives you a real insight into a way of life from days gone by. It's a great way to learn about the history of the Cockburn area and it's a fun and interesting place to visit.
Also on the grounds of the Azelia Ley Homestead Museum is the Wagon House which houses a collection of horse drawn vehicles, trucks, farming equipment and machinery. The Wagon House was built in 1985, specifically to house this large collection.
The beautiful grounds of the Azelia Ley Homestead Museum are now know as Manning Park, and community events are held here during the year. It's also a popular area for picnics and family outings. Situated behind the museum is the Davilak Heritage Trail, a lovely walking track that has spectacular views of the coast.