City of Cockburn will use Davilak Archeological Management Strategy to perserve Davilak Farm ruins

History Museum officer Christine Elaine at the ruins. Picture: Martin Kennealey d401400
History Museum officer Christine Elaine at the ruins. Picture: Martin Kennealey d401400

SHORING up a deteriorating retaining wall to the north of a detached kitchen is one part of a new strategy backed by the City of Cockburn to preserve the Davilak Ruins in Hamilton Hill.

The City will also remove nearby trees which threaten the aging structure and consider cutting vehicle accessto the site as part of a new 25-point action plan outlined in the Davilak Archaeological Management Strategy.

Among the ruins of the former Davilak Farm is a large home featuring 11 rooms, the detached kitchen, out buildings, farm buildings and accommodation for farm workers.

The buildings were originally constructed by members of the Manning family in the 1850s.

Historical Society president Diane Stewart said she was thrilled to see the ruins in line for better protection.

‘Talk about the best way to protect the ruins has been bubbling away for many years,’ she said.

‘But it was not until two or three years ago that we knew we had to do something.

‘We just want to preserve what’s there because the site is absolutely fascinating.’

Cockburn’s history and museum officer Christine Elaine said the site was an important and unique example of early farm settlement in Perth, comparable in significance to Tasmania’s Port Arthur.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the City was committed to preserving the site.

‘Council’s adoption of the Archaeological Management Strategy for the Davilak Ruins means we have a clear outline for the ongoing maintenance of this site,’ he said.