Taylor's Cottage

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Take some time to visit historic Guildford, a National Trust town.  The Swan Guildford Historical Society offers guided tours of the Heritage Precinct, where you can learn about life in bygone days.  We are located in the heart of Guildford, opposite Stirling Square.

In 2016, the Colonial Gaol on Meadow Street had a substantial renovation to improve drainage and to repair cracked inner walls.  This maintenance was carried out courtesy of the City of Swan.  The upgrade means visitors can continue to appreciate this wonderful example of Colonial architecture, learn how the building was used, and about law and order in the early days of settlement.

Taylor’s Cottage, a settlers home dating from the 1860s is located nearby.  This workman’s cottage was the home of ex-convict Edward Taylor, his wife Emma, and their large family in the 1880s.   Hear about the Taylor family, and observe how their lives revolved around the fireplace and the dining table, with limited sleeping space for parents and children.

Visitors then view an early 20th Century wash house or laundry, to marvel at how labour intensive wash day was for housewives from the 1900’s, through to the 1950’s.

Tours are conducted each Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 2pm.  We also conduct school and group tours at discounted rates for groups of 10 or more people.  By pre-arrangement, we can conduct group tours outside set opening times.  Phone us to talk about your requirements. We look forward to welcoming you.


Email: sghistsoc@bigpond.com

Phone:  (08) 9379 1829