Swan Guildford Historical Society

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Swan Guildford Historical Society

Swan Guildford Historical Society is a not-for-profit dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich history of Guildford and the Swan region.

Front of Colonial Gaol with visitors


Come on a guided tour to hear stories about law and order in Guildford. The perfect day out for the family, our tour includes the Colonial Gaol, Taylor’s Cottage, the prison exercise yard and lastly the Wash House.

Schubert Cigarette Lighter

Donated art deco cigarette lighter


Swan Guildford Historical Society collects objects that are linked to key moments, people and places, showcasing the history of Guildford and the Swan Valley.

We appreciate offers to donate items that fit the following criteria:

We recommend you contact us first to discuss donating objects. Phone (08) 9379 1829 OR email sghistsoc@gmail.com. The Curator will then advise if the object is suitable for donation.  The next step it to sign a Donor / Deed of Gift Form.  The object would then become the property of the Swan Guildford Historical Society.

Our headquarters: Judy Hamersley House


Swan Guildford Historical Society was founded in 1962 thanks to the foresight of Judy Hamersley, granddaughter of pioneers Charles and Fanny Harper of Woodbridge.

Judy understood the importance of the area, firstly to Aboriginal people who had met in the area for generations, in the area they know as Mandoon. With the establishment of the Swan River Colony in 1829, Guildford became a market town and a transport hub, the agricultural cradle of the new settlement.

Judy’s mission was to gather artefacts for a museum and record the history of the area for current and future generations. Today Guildford is a recognised historic town, classified by the National Trust, and the Swan Valley is one of Western Australia’s most visited tourism destinations.

From these early beginnings, the Society’s museum collection has grown to be a must see attraction. We display items from our collections in the Colonial Gaol and in Taylor’s Cottage. A display of farming machinery and a blacksmith’s forge are located in the Gaol’s exercise yard.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Monthly History Talk | 15 July 2024
St. Matthews Anglican Church Hall, Stirling Square Guildford
7:00 pm
Our next Monday night meeting on 15th July is the Swan Guildford Historical Society's Annual General Meeting. 
At the meeting an important task is to vote in a new Committee for the next 12 months.  These positions will be vacant:
Five Committee Members
Members are encouraged to attend the AGM, to hear highlights of 2023 - 2024, and future plans for the Society.  
A light supper will be held at the conclusion of the meeting.  All welcome



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