Australian Heritage Festival 2019: Travel back 100 years with Azelia Ley open day

(Front left to right) Jane Robertson, Alma Wilson, Frankie Atkinson (middle)- Diane Stewart & Helen Greer (back) - Helen Richards, Sue Baker & Christine Elaine (Cockburn Historical Officer). Photo: Jon Hewson. d492282 communitypix.com.au.
(Front left to right) Jane Robertson, Alma Wilson, Frankie Atkinson (middle)- Diane Stewart & Helen Greer (back) - Helen Richards, Sue Baker & Christine Elaine (Cockburn Historical Officer). Photo: Jon Hewson. d492282 communitypix.com.au.

ONE hundred years of Cockburn’s past will come to the forefront as the Historical Society of Cockburn celebrates the Australian Heritage Festival.

The Historical Society, who are custodians of Azelia Ley Homestead, will transport visitors back in time as part of its ‘A Century of the Azelia Ley Museum’ open day, allowing them to experience what life was like in the past.

As well as the everyday household artefacts and craft displays inside the museum, there will also be a range of vintage vehicles and early market garden machinery on show in the surrounding grounds.

City of Cockburn history officer Christine Elaine said they had been a part of the festival since 2012.

“The Australian Heritage Award winning Azelia Ley Museum is a highly significant and relatively rare example of how life was 100 years ago and the Historical Society custodians are also a rare example of how community organisations can work closely with local government to make this sustainable, to preserve and learn from WA’s past and make this available to the public on a daily basis,” she said.

“This year it focuses on ‘then and now’, with the open days’ activities and displays showcasing our local community’s history and pioneers, their crafts and handiworks and includes the Azelia Wagonhouse museum with its market gardeners and local industries’ machinery, histories and migrant stories.”

The event will be on April 28 at the Azelia Ley Museum from 10am to 4.30pm.

The Australian Heritage Festival runs until May 19.

Visit www.nationaltrust.org.au for more events.