Friday, October 2, 2009

The Stirk Cottage, Kalamunda Village (WA)





Final day in Perth.. We just click what ever suggested by the GPS.. Of coz we choose the nearest place. We clicked Kalamunda.. Because of the 'interesting' name.. ^_^


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On the way.. Saw a moving house.. So easy.. just carry your house anyway.. ;-p


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We reached Kalamunda Village.. and 1st place of interest suggested by the GPS was The cottage.


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This was the Cottage.. Very small house. This was the 1st house ever build in Kalamunda Village.
Got some info about this house :

Stirk Cottage was built by Frederick and Elizabeth Stirk in 1881 and grew as the Stirk family grew. Frederick Stirk had a 14 acre block which included Stirk Park, from which a market gardening living was made. The Cottage has been restored as far possible to the form it was at the beginning of the century.

By the mid 1890's there were nine children and the family moved to a bigger house (known to this day as the overflow house) on the other side of the property. From 1893, when the last child was born, until the move in 1896, there was a family of eleven living in the cottage. In 1896 the family moved to a larger house in Lindsay street.

  • CH Brooks in 1896 used the cottage and barn in which he started Kalamunda's first shop. Later the property was taken over by a dairyman who built a more conventional house where the Kalamunda club now stands. The property became known as the dairy block - it remained as such until as late as 1962.

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In 1962 the Shire of Kalamunda bought the property as a public park. The old cottage had a series of tenants, and by the 1960's had become very dilapidated, and there was a move to have it knocked down. However, the objections of local people who realised its historical value prevailed. Notable among these were Mr & Mrs W Martin, who did much to restore the cottage and to make its subsequent preservation possible. Eventually in 1970, the Shire Council appointed the Historical Society as custodians of the cottage since then it has been opened to the public as a museum.


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There was a small board about this house too.


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This house was actually going to be demolish but was protest by some citizen.. Why they want to knock this down?? It even listed on the GPS... means it was important place.. ^_^ (Don't worry they won't do it.. it's a small Museum now)


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Aww... my fav flowers here in White... LOVE!!!


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*Kiss*Kiss*


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Inside the house.. All belongs to the Stirk family.. *Impressed*...


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Mmm.. how did they stay here with 9 children... o.O


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I like the lamp.. ^_^


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Very small small house.. I am not sure how they sleep and how the parents having their 'honeymoon'...?? ;-p (You know what I mean.. ;-p)


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This was the original structure of the house.. made from mud and wood.. they leave a small area for public viewing before covering the whole house with cement.


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The clock stopped at 9.35 am?pm? when? ^_^..

The clock witness so many history and story inside the house.. If the clock have a Video recorder or camera capturing all the faces who looking into it wondering what time is it.. include my face.. looking at it when visiting the house.. ^_^..


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The Stirk Family..


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I am so sorry I forgot the lady name.. She taking care of the house.. ^_^


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My MIL have a memory with her..

Lovely cottage..

2 comments:

SJB said...

pics no 1 - it house trailer. hehehe

Agnes said...

very interesting little house, luckily they covered it with cement now if not it could have been collapsed already.