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Stirk Cottage

Visit Kalamunda’s first heritage listed cottage, with its distinct architecture & household goods made from recycled materials.

This 1881 hand-built cottage was the family home of early hills settlers Frederick and Elizabeth Stirk, and their nine children.
It was the first dwelling in Kalamunda locality and quite isolated. Materials for wall framework, roof and floor were found on the Stirk’s ten acre bush property using their own labour with simple tools.
The first walls are an excellent example of “wattle and daub” technique where clay mud was pressed into latticed sticks between the frames and smoothed. An inner wall cut -out shows this. The walls were coated with limewash. The roof was first covered with axe cut shingles (wood tiles) from sheoak wood and later improved with jarrah wood.
The Stirks grew strawberries for sale, whilst their orchard of fruit trees became established. Grapevines and vegetables thrived, using water from the creek on their land. Later the surrounding area became a dairy farm and finally was allocated as parkland by Kalamunda Shire. It is now known as Stirk Park.

Location Map

12 Kalamunda Road (next to the Kalamunda Bowling Club), Kalamunda Western Australia 6076

General Opening Hours

Sunday 1pm to 4pm

*Gold coin donation welcomed

STIRK COTTAGE THROUGH TIME

The Stirk Family 1898
The Stirk Family 1898
Stirk Cottage in the early 1930s
Stirk Cottage in the early 1930s
Volunteers  c1970
Volunteers c1970
Rear View of the Cottage
Rear View of the Cottage
The Front Door
The Front Door
The Living Room
The Living Room
The Main Bedroom
The Main Bedroom
The Children's Bedroom
The Children's Bedroom
The Kitchen
The Kitchen