Our History

Guildford was settled in 1829.  Its location at the convergence of the Swan and Helena rivers was an ideal place to establish a busy river trade, transporting produce along the Swan River to markets in Perth and Fremantle.

Swan Guildford Historical Society was established in 1962 by Judy Hamersley, granddaughter of Fanny and Charles Harper of Woodbridge. She knew Guildford as a gathering place for Aboriginal people before white settlement, and also as a thriving area for Swan River Colony pioneers.   

From these beginnings, the Society’s museum has grown to be a tourist destination.  We display items from our collections in the Colonial Gaol, and in Taylor’s Cottage.  A display of farming machinery and a blacksmiths forge are also located in the Gaol’s exercise yard.

We invite you to visit Guildford and discover more about the early days of settlement.  

Telephone: (08) 9379 1829

Email:  Sghistsoc@bigpond.com