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Wonnerup House, Wonnerup

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Wonnerup House is a heritage-listed farm precinct in Wonnerup, Western Australia. The current house was built in 1859 by George Layman Jr., one year after the original house built in 1837 by his father, George Layman Sr., was destroyed by fire. The dairy and kitchen survived the fire because they were separate from the house. Stables and a blacksmith workshop were later additions to the farm. In the 1870s, when the lack of a school in Wonnerup was an issue for the local residents, George Layman Jr. donated land near Wonnerup House for a school, which was built in 1873. In 1885 a teacher's house was constructed. The precinct was purchased by the National Trust of Australia in 1971 and opened to the public in 1973.

The name Wonnerup comes from the Nyungar term. Wanna describing a woman's digging stick, up meaning water.
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  • We decided to visit this heritage building in the south West, cost of entrance 10$p adult or 25$ per family of four with concessions for card holders ,caretakers are welcoming and full of... 
    We decided to visit this heritage building in the south West, cost of entrance 10$p adult or 25$ per family of four with concessions for card holders ,caretakers are welcoming and full of...  more »
  • We try to visit this gorgeous old homestead every couple of years during our travels to the South. A beautiful homestead and property with a fascinating, tragic tale to tell of the family that lived.....  more
    We try to visit this gorgeous old homestead every couple of years during our travels to the South. A beautiful homestead and property with a fascinating, tragic tale to tell of the family that lived.....  more »
  • Love this place, so much history. Volunteer staff there to answer your questions. Self guilded tour, couple of $ to get in. Lovely old building and homestead. 
    Love this place, so much history. Volunteer staff there to answer your questions. Self guilded tour, couple of $ to get in. Lovely old building and homestead.  more »
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  • If your into history & stories about past families on the land in early settlement, then you'll enjoy a walk through Wonnerup House & Grounds.
  • Outside it’s a beautiful setting. The family story and their relationships with the Aboriginal people interesting and tragic. I wanted to give 5 stars but some of the rooms stunk of rats, could you just clean before opening,? especially the room next to the office. I disagree with the trusts approach, how can anyone imagine life in the 1800s when there is no furniture. It sounds like before the roof repairs the house was better cared for 😢.
  • Stunning place, full of beauty & history, both uplifting & tragic for all people historically. Beautifully presented homestead & related buildings with breathtaking areas to stroll. A visit is a must & curator very helpful, informative & friendly.
  • Historical National Trust House. Interesting historical information and well preserved house and buildings with furnished rooms showing the process of everyday life from the early 1900s. Beautifully kept gardens with long views across the fields.
  • The very well preserved house goes on to show the kind of life the gone-by generation lived. In the room adjacent to the office there is a lot of off hand information, history and images available for the keen minded. When I went from the first house to the second I actually felt like time traveling from one period to another. The first home is very basic with stone floors and exposed ceilings and the second house is more historian in feel. To think that once these both houses were full of children and people who ran around in the same places that I was walking gave me an eerie feeling. So many memories must have been made and dissolved here. Life is fragile and momentary. Quite a though provoking location to visit.

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