‘Cradle of the Colony’ Exhibition

‘Çradle of the Colony: a story of Guildford and the Swan Valley’ is a FREE exhibition, showcasing historic Guildford town.

Here you can explore fascinating insights into Western Australia’s Colonial past.  Find out about Guildford’s importance as an inland port; the impact of convicts, the building of the railway, and how Guildford became a fashionable address for businessmen and entrepreneurs.  Who were the people who pioneered the area, and how did they contribute to our history?

This is a display from our exhibition in the Courthouse

Many historic and rare items featured in the exhibition are from the Swan Guildford Historical Society Collection – one of the most significant collections in Western Australia. Items include costumes,paintings, furniture and Aboriginal artefacts.

The exhibition is made possible through a partnership between Swan Guildford Historical Society, Lotterywest and the City of Swan.  A fascinating booklet describing the exhibition can be downloaded here.

Location:  Swan Valley Visitors Centre Building, corner of Swan and Meadow Streets.

Admission is FREE

Opening Hours:  9AM to 4PM each day.


Walking through history: 100 years of wedding dresses

As part of the Cradle of the Colony exhibition we have a special exhibition featuring items from the Swan Guildford Historical Society costume collection.  This exhibition called ‘Walking through history: 100 years of wedding dresses’explores the choices brides made about fabric and style of dress, and showcases accessories including boots, flowers, head dress, flowers and hats.  Each item brings to life the past, and recognises how tradition impacts on the present as well as future generations of brides.

A souvenir catalogue is on sale for $5