Brothers part of history

John and George Edgecombe have been growing grapes in the Swan Valley for decades. d405689
John and George Edgecombe have been growing grapes in the Swan Valley for decades. d405689

The Valley was founded and developed by early settlers like brothers Don and Frank Edgecombe, who in 1925 bought a piece of land and planted vines for table grapes for export.

Their focus shifted to wine grapes after a few years and expanded further into foods and a cafe offering home-made cakes and fresh produce.

Edgecombe Bros was formed in 1929. The eldest living Edgecombe brother is John (73) who says he has fond memories of growing up in the Valley.

He said among the most historical places in the region was the State’s oldest church All Saints in Henry Street.

‘The favourite church for most Anglicans in the Swan Valley was All Saints just off West Swan Road and always known as the Upper Swan Church,’ Mr Edgecombe said.

‘Original construction commenced in 1839, and the first service was held in January 1841.

‘A big event of the week was attending All Saints on most Sundays and Sunday School at 3pm each Sunday, conducted by a dear old lady, Miss Lofven who was also the church’s organist.’

Mr Edgecombe said from 1829 when the Swan Valley colony was founded and nearby Guildford was established, the surrounding regions became the food bowl for the Perth metropolitan region.

‘There’s a huge amount of history in the area ” the Swan Valley has always been the food bowl for Perth,’ he said.