Woodbridge House is a very grand home with iron lacework, parquetry, polished jarrah, tessellated tile floors and many other early furnishings giving the visitor a clear idea of the status of family the house was built for and the command of esteem granted.
Photo courtesy of Woodbridge House, National Trust
Although the land was purchased by Captain James Stirling in 1929, the grand house was not built for him; rather his family lived in a small cottage on the land. He named the property Woodbridge after the area where his wife's family lived in Surrey, England. Charles Harper took up the lease of Woodbridge in 1880 and in 1883 after land was purchased, the Harpers began construction on their large family home for their large and growing family.
Woodbridge's vast land supported extensive orchards of pears, peaches, table grapes and apples with a commercial nursery, which mainly stocked fruit trees and vines. Charles also worked on the development of various wheat varieties, pioneered the use of artesian water for agriculture purposes, improved pastures by use of clover and superphosphate and developed an inexpensive fencing system. He was a very clever man.
In 1895, Charles established a school in the house for his children and those from his neighbours. Five years later, a small single storied school was erected. Prior to it being vested to the National Trust in 1968, it had many roles and owned by many identities, one of which was the Church of England.
Woodbridge House, Photo courtesy of National Trust of WA
Saturday & Sunday – 27th & 28th April Saturday & Sunday – 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th May 2019
On the weekend of 27th and 28th April, there will be a special event – Roses of Woodbridge – Heritage Roses from Charles Harper's Nursery. From 1894 to 1915 a nursery operated at Woodbridge cultivating a large number of rose varieties. A selection of roses will be displayed in the Billiard Room at Woodbridge.
Photo courtesy of Roses of Woodbridge - Heritage Roses from Charles Harpers' Nursery
Part of the historical Woodbridge House Estate, on the Swan River, is café restaurant Riverside at Woodbridge, which is full of rustic charm surrounded by lawn and gardens. Riverside at Woodbridge will be open on the Open Day Events.
You cannot go past this house of grandeur and a worthy visit is now being presented to you. Mark the dates in your calendar, so you do not miss out.