The Davilak Ruins are the remains of buildings constructed by the Manning family in the late 1850s, and added to until the early 20th century. The Manning family are some of Cockburn’s best-known historical figures, and Davilak was their famous country estate. The Ruins consist of a large homestead (11 rooms and a detached kitchen) and its associated outbuildings.
The Davilak Ruins also contain the remains of farm buildings such as stables, a coach house and housing for farm workers. The original heritage-listed Davilak House was built around 1840 by the Manning family with materials from the surrounding Manning Estate, and formed the basis for the larger homestead that makes up the Ruins. The old Davilak Farm has a number of land parcels that were gradually obtained by the Manning family. It was one of the first small farms in the colony, complete with vineyards, large limestone houses, a dairy and stables. A lot of valuable archaeological information is hidden underneath layers of stone at the Davilak Ruins.
The ruined structures represent those buildings built from limestone. Any timber buildings or extensions to the main homestead and outbuildings disappeared following a bushfire that swept through the property in 1960. The Davilak Ruins are within a public open space, with Manning Lake to the north and open parkland and remnant bush.
The Davilak Ruins are located on Lot 10 and Lot 64 Azelia Rd, Spearwood on the south western side of Manning Lake. You will find the ruins at the western end of Azelia Road before it turns north into Davilak Avenue towards parking areas on the western side of Manning Lake and the Azelia Ley Museum, all of which lie to the north of the Ruins. The Ruins are fenced off, but you can view them from the perimeter.
Please visit the Azelia Ley Homestead Museum opens in a new window or contact the Historical Society of Cockburn opens in a new window for more information on the Davilak Ruins.