Around 1855, Joseph Batt acquired a lease of land and built a flour mill. Local settlers and sandal wood cutters dropped off wheat in the morning, and picked up flour on their way home. The history of Jarrahdale has begun and you can discover what happens in the next 150 years...
Historic Towns and locations, museums and collectables
The hills forest, streams and fertile coastal plain attracted European settlers to the land that had sustained a diverse Indigenous Australian culture for many thousands of years.
The towns of Byford, Mundijong, Jarrahdale and Serpentine reflect in various ways the rich history of the area. From the 1830's onwards European settlers established small farms for cattle, sheep, horses and crops.
In the 1870's a thriving timber industry was driving the economy of the state. Jarrahdale was the first "Timber Town" of many throughout the South west of the state. Dairy and Poultry farms provide food for the growing population of Perth to the present day. The materials and style of the old buildings are a testament to the hard work and ingenuity of the pioneer workers.
There are small museums in the shire that tell the story of the lives and work of European settlers over the last 175 years. Keep an eye out for curios and collectable stores full of treasures from the past handcrafted with dedication and flare.
Hugh Manning Tractor & Machinery Museum
'Preserving our rural past for future generations'
The Museum has a huge collection of vintage tractors, most of which are kept in working order by a group of dedicated volunteers. Also a collection of historical farm machinery is on display.
Every third Sunday of the month is Tractor Start Up Day.
Opening times: Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 10am-4pm. Bus tours and school groups welcome by appointment. New members welcome.
Wellard Street, Serpentine
Phone: 08 9525 2129
After Hours: 08 9525 4420
Jarrahdale General Store Tourist Information Centre
The historic Jarrahdale General Store was built in 1872. Tourist information - maps, brochures. Antiques & collectables. Olde Store Café - cappuccinos, cakes, light meals
Open 7 Days: 7am-7pm
701 Jarrahdale Road, Jarrahdale
Phone: 08 9525 5114
Jarrahdale Heritage Society
Guided Walks from March to November twice a month on weekends. Walk calendar available from museum.
Old Post Office Museum
631 Jarrahdale Rd, Jarrahdale 6124
Opens 10 to 4pm w/ends and pub holidays.
Phone: 08 9525 5358
This museum is home to a large collection of machinery and cars from the 20th century. The owner is always happy to tell visitors about each cars history.
Open by appointment only
Phone: 08 9525 5024
The Old Post Office Tourist Information Centre
Built in 1896, the Old Post Office not only serves as a tourist centre, but also as a local crafts centre and museum, documenting the history of the area. It is home to a large collection of historical records and photos, unique to this museum. The Old Post Office is the starting point of many guided walks, run by the Jarrahdale Heritage Society.
Saturday, Sunday: 10am - 4pm
Public Holidays: 10am - 4pm
See how families lived at the turn of the century. This historic cottage is furnished with period furniture to recreate an image of the early 1900's.
Phone: 08 9525 5024