Azelia Ley Homestead
Azelia Ley Homestead In 1982 the City of Cockburn and the Historical Society of Cockburn, with the local community, restored the 10-room 100-year-old homestead. The restored homestead shows olden day life and displays our local history, from 1800s pioneer settlement to 1900s migrant market gardeners and industries, with local WWI ANZACS 1914–18 memorial boards in the entry hall.
The homestead shows archaeology from WA's first settlement at Peel Town (courtesy of Notre Dame University), a four-poster bed and harmonium brought by the first fleet, photos of Davilak House and Farm Estate and the Manning women's costumes from the 1800s. All are donations by our local community and the Manning family who built the house.
The Wagon House
The Wagon House has hand-made market garden tools and machinery, and dioramas looking at early local pioneer settlement and dairy and pig farming industries. The Pioneer Board displays the names of these local pioneer families, which descendants of early European settlers can add to.
Davilak Homestead and Farm Ruins
Davilak Homestead and Farm Ruins At the Azelia Road entrance to Manning Park, there are heritage-listed ruins of the 22-room Davilak Homestead and Farm, built by the Manning family from local materials in the 1800s, and destroyed by fire in 1960. One of the first farms in the area and in WA, the Davilak Ruins is under conservation management.
Excursions for schools
The Historical Society of Cockburn supports the school curriculum with local 'History Mystery' quiz tours of the museums.
Bookings are essential with tours available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am-3pm.
During school holidays, family fun 'History Mystery' quizzes are held at the museum on Wednesday at 10am-1pm. Entry is $2 per person
Visit the Cockburn History Website opens in a new window for more information. Group bookings can be made by contacting the museum on 08 9418 6648.