Spring-clean team work their magic

Kalamunda Reporter - - News -

HIS­TORIC Wood­bridge House is open­ing its doors to the pub­lic once again af­ter a hardworking team of vol­un­teers pol­ished, washed and scrubbed ev­ery item in the home as part of their an­nual spring-clean.

Ed­u­ca­tion and learn­ing pre­sen­ter Sandy Cailes said it took the whole of July to scrub the house from top to bot­tom.

“All the silverware is pol­ished, all the crock­ery and fine chi­naware is washed, the linen is washed, starched and ironed and the fur­ni­ture is pol­ished with her­itage prod­ucts,” she said. “Then ev­ery­thing is care­fully ar­ranged to rep­re­sent a gen­tle­man’s res­i­dence of the late Vic­to­rian/Ed­war­dian era when the Harper fam­ily lived in Wood­bridge.

“It’s no won­der vis­i­tors of­ten re­mark that the house feels as though some­one still lives there, es­pe­cially on the days when the fresh flow­ers have just been placed in the vases.”

Wood­bridge was built on the banks of the Swan River be­tween 1883 and 1885 for the pi­o­neer and en­tre­pre­neur Charles Harper and his wife Fanny.

The cou­ple raised 10 chil­dren at Wood­bridge.

Wood­bridge is open to the pub­lic from Thurs­day to Sun­day from 1pm to 4 pm.

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Sandy Cailes, Liz Do­herty and Diana Gif­ford.

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