The City of Kwinana is proudly home to a unique set of heritage listed buildings.
This site, situated off Beacham Crescent in Medina, 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.
Smirk's Cottage Museum
For further information, contact the Kwinana Heritage Group:
Kwinana Heritage Group
Tel: 08 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.
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.