Volunteers work spring cleaning magic on Woodbridge House

Woodbridge House is spruced up and ready to be opened again thanks to the work of volunteers who gave it a thorough spring cleaning.
Woodbridge House is spruced up and ready to be opened again thanks to the work of volunteers who gave it a thorough spring cleaning.

HISTORIC Woodbridge House is opening its doors to the public once again after a hardworking team of volunteers polished, washed and scrubbed every item in the home as part of their annual spring-clean.

Education and learning presenter Sandy Cailes said it took the whole of July to scrub the house from top to bottom.

“All the silverware is polished, all the crockery and fine chinaware is washed, the linen is washed, starched and ironed and the furniture is polished with heritage products,” she said. “Then everything is carefully arranged to represent a gentleman’s residence of the late Victorian/Edwardian era when the Harper family lived in Woodbridge.

“It’s no wonder visitors often remark that the house feels as though someone still lives there, especially on the days when the fresh flowers have just been placed in the vases.”

Woodbridge was built on the banks of the Swan River between 1883 and 1885 for the pioneer and entrepreneur Charles Harper and his wife Fanny.

The couple raised 10 children at Woodbridge.

Woodbridge is open to the public from Thursday to Sunday from 1pm to 4 pm.