Historic Woodbridge House annual spring clean underway

L-R: Sue Corry-Thomas, Pat Gale, Chris Corry-Thomas and Heather Whykes. Photo: David Baylis
L-R: Sue Corry-Thomas, Pat Gale, Chris Corry-Thomas and Heather Whykes. Photo: David Baylis

HISTORIC Woodbridge House is closed to the public as a hardworking team of volunteers polish, wash and scrub the home from top to bottom as part of their annual spring clean.

Education and learning presenter Sandy Cailes said it took the whole of July to clean the homestead , which was built on the banks of the Swan River between 1883 and 1885 for pioneer and entrepreneur Charles Harper and his wife Fanny.

“The volunteers are very proud of their efforts to maintain this beautiful two-storey house made which features rose-coloured bricks, iron lace around the verandahs and sweeping views along the river,” she said.

“Visitors often remark that with the aroma of furniture polish and the fresh flowers the house feels as though a family still lives there.”

Ms Cailes said this year volunteers and friends had been knitting and crocheting red poppies in preparation for a display which is to be mounted on Remembrance Day to commemorate the Armistice which ended the First World War 100 years ago.

“We have 600 so far and aiming for 1000 by November.”

Woodbridge House will reopen to the public in August.