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On the site of one of the first farms in the colony and the earliest residence still standing in the metropolitan area, Tranby House offers a unique opportunity to explore the first years of European settlement in Western Australia. Constructed by Joseph Hardey in 1839, it was the third house he had built on Peninsula Farm, a property originally granted to him in 1830. 

The house tells the fascinating stories of the family and servants who ran the farm and overlooks the stunning Swan River. Open Friday to Sunday, 11am to 3pm. As it is run by volunteers and is often getting restored, it might be best to call first and make sure it’s open! Although even if closed, it is still a beautiful property to wander around. 

Next door is the Peninsula Tea Gardens, where you can dine alfresco for lunch, enjoy a Devonshire or High Tea, or coffee, while enjoying sweeping views of the Swan River. $5 entry fee.

Tranby (Peninsula Farm) is an historic farmers cottage located on Johnson Road in Maylands overlooking the Swan River opposite Kuljak Island, and is one of the oldest surviving buildings from the early settlement of the Swan River Colony. It is described as an English cottage-style farmhouse with loft bedrooms and wide verandahs and is associated with a group of devout Wesleyan Methodists, led by Joseph Hardey and other members of his family who arrived in Western Australia on the ship Tranby in February 1830.

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