COVID-19: Share your story

We are living through amazing times! At Swan Guildford Historical Society we are curating stories, photos and memories about coping in a locked down world. We invite you to share YOUR stories about the pandemic. How did you pass the time? Were you locked down with family, home schooling children and keeping them entertained, or […]

Guildford added to State Heritage Register

In July 2019, the town of Guildford was included in the State Register of Heritage Places, the first to be registered under the new Heritage Act 2018. Nominated by the City of Swan, it was preceded by extensive engagement with local people, including the Indigenous Whadjuk Working Party. Guildford’s inclusion in the Register recognises the […]

Video: Historic Guildford

Take a tour around Guildford with Celia Miller, long time member and past President of the Swan Guildford Historical Society. Celia was interviewed by Chrissie Morrissey during a segment of the television program Destination WA.


After a stressful time for all, we are pleased to advise that tours of the historic precinct at Guildford will be reopening for business on Tuesday 16th June 2020. At 10 am on that date, tours of the Colonial Gaol, and Taylor’s cottage will resume. We welcome family, community and school groups to come and […]

Guildford to Bassendean swim

Check out our new display entitled “The Guildford to Bassendean swim”. The display provides a glimpse of a time when the annual swim was a must for locals eager to test their skills. A newspaper article describes an easy win by Sheila Holman, a momentous event from the days when women were not encouraged to […]

Group Tours

20th March 2020 UPDATE:  Due to the Coronavirus pandemic at present,  tours of the Colonial Gaol and Taylor’s Cottage within the Guildford historic precinct have been CANCELLED until further notice. We will be working behind the scenes to bring you exciting new tours, workshops and learning experiences, hopefully not too far into the future.  We […]

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in history and heritage?  The Swan Guildford Historical Society is looking for volunteers, administration staff, tour guides, researchers and more. Without volunteers, we could not maintain the collection or operate the museum.  Volunteers work in TWO different areas.   Tour guides greet visitors and conduct tours of the Heritage Precinct.  Comprehensive training is […]

Walking through history exhibition: 100 years of wedding dresses

Featuring items from the Swan Guildford Historical Society Collection Wedding dresses tell the rich and evolving stories of a culture and a society.  Marriage is an important occasion in a person’s life, and a joyful family celebration.  For the bride, much more than the groom, it is HER big day. In this exhibition we explore […]

Guildford ANZAC Records

The Guildford Association has produced a website called Guildford ANZACs, providing information on soldiers’ war records. It includes maps on where they lived before enlisting, occupation, religion, and marital and family status.  Other information includes battalion, where they served, date and place of those killed in action, health status of survivors, and the date individual […]