Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - REAL ESTATE PLUS -

WIND back the clock a few cen­turies to WA’s set­tle­ment years, a time when this prop­erty’s own­ers faced the chal­lenges of keep­ing neigh­bours’ de­struc­tive pigs out of the gar­den and trav­el­ling long dis­tances on horse­back to get med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

While the world has moved on, Wood­bine Es­tate pro­vides a snap­shot of the past, with orig­i­nal in­fras­truc­ture and prospect of a self-suf­fi­cient ru­ral life­style as achiev­able as it was for farm­ing pioneers in the late 1800s.

The 80ha prop­erty with beau­ti­ful Moore River frontage in the small Wheat­belt town of Re­gans Ford, about 110km north of Perth, is on the mar­ket and ready for new own­ers to make their own his­tory at the farm.

Sell­ing agent Adam Shields, who spe­cialises in ru­ral, hor­ti­cul­ture and life­style prop­er­ties in the Dan­dara­gan and Gin­gin shires, said buy­ers had a rare op­por­tu­nity to own a his­toric farm with a hab­it­able set­tler’s cot­tage near the city and coast.

“Back in the early days, they only se­lected the best prop­er­ties to de­velop a life­style,” he said.

“Wood­bine Es­tate is a great ex­am­ple self-suf­fi­cient of WA her­itage, fully ren­o­vated and main­tained to the day.

“It of­fers a great coun­try life­style, with the new own­ers able to en­joy fresh wa­ter to drink, mar­ron to catch and kan­ga­roo

re­ported Thomas Bandy, who hailed from Eng­land, achieved his dream of land own­er­ship when he bought a prop­erty on the banks of a rich swamp in 1886.

Hart­ley Bowen built many homes in the area at the time in­clud­ing the Wood­bine house, be­lieved to be the first on the river with an iron roof.

Tim­ber from the Se­abird ship­wreck was used in its con­struc­tion and can to­day be seen over the door­ways and in the rafters.

The shear­ing shed, pig sty and wind­mill are also orig­i­nal fea­tures at the prop­erty, where Mr Bandy and his wife Martha raised 12 chil­dren while help­ing de­velop other land­hold­ings in the area.

Mr de Burgh said Mrs Bandy was known for hav­ing a very de­ci­sive and forth­right char­ac­ter while he re­counted tales of pesky pigs and long jour­neys to the doc­tor.

“Many a bat­tle royal raged be­tween Mrs Bandy and (neigh­bour) Ed­ward Regan when his pigs raided her gar­den.

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