The City of Kwinana is proudly home to a unique set of heritage listed buildings.
This site, situated off Sloan Drive in the suburb of Leda, operates as a local museum for the Kwinana areas. It houses an important collection of buildings and objects that tell the stories of the unique settlement, development and history of the area.
About Smirk's Cottage - Information Handout
Smirk's Cottage Museum
A museum displaying objects from the local area is open to the public in a building donated by Alcoa in the 1980s.
Open to the public on the first Sunday of each month from 10am- to 3pm or by appointment. Also
available for weddings, social functions and photo shoots.
For further information, contact the Kwinana Heritage Group:
Kwinana Heritage Group
P: 9439 6342
On 22 April, 1880, George Samuel Sloan married Emma Eliza Smirk. They took up 40 acres at Cockburn Sound in 1889 and their first residence, 'Woodlands Farm, was built on a site west of the present cottage. This was included in land resumed for the Kwinana New Town in 1953 and the 22.66ha property was made a reserve in 1958. Local organisations grew vegetables on the flat ground, with the bush area being leased for stock grazing.
About Sloan's Cottage - Information Handout
An original Soldier’s settlement house, the timber for this home was carted to the site in Lyon Road from the Jandakot siding and the house was built in 1922 as the home of Harold Willis and family. The house is an example of the Soldiers Settlement and Group Settlement period of our history which helped develop the market gardens and dairy industries of Baldivis and Mandogalup.
About Settlement House - Information Handout