Education and Learning




Ford Street, West Midland
(behind Governor Stirling Senior High School)

When Captain James Stirling re-visited Western Australia in 1829, he took up 4000 acres between the Swan and Helena Rivers adjoining the town site that he named Guildford. He named this property Woodbridge and built a small house there. In the 1880s, Charles Harper – agriculturalist, parliamentarian and newspaper proprietor – purchased the land. The buildings seen today were built for his family. They are important for their architectural design and innovative features. The site has significant aesthetic and social value.

Education & Learning programs at Woodbridge are linked to the WA curriculum framework: Year 1 and Year 2



Teachers of S&E for years 8 to 12 should contact the National Trust to discuss curriculum specific needs.

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Teaching resources are available.


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Woodbridge has a varied history having been used as a gentleman’s residence, a preparatory school, a home for aged women and as an annexe for Governor Stirling Senior High School.

The two storey residence seen today was built in 1885 for Charles Harper. It is constructed of mellow rose-coloured brick and features iron lace work, wide verandas and a central tower. It has been restored and furnished to reflect the late Victorian and early Edwardian periods.

In a 'hands-on' program students will role-play some of the stories of past residents and gain an understanding of how the house has changed over time. They will handle some artefacts. Students post visit activities are available and link to many of the learning areas of the WA Curriculum Framework.

Year 1 and Year 2 Australian Curriculum Programs are available


Pre and post visit activities pdf

Integrated curriculum connections pdf

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suitable for years 3, 6 and 9

Charles Harper and Fanny De Burgh completed building Woodbridge in 1885. They raised a family of ten children there and Charles Harper opened Woodbridge School in the house in 1896. Charles Harper died in 1912. Two of the sons, Gresley and Wilfred, were killed at Gallipoli in 1915.

The story of the early lives of the boys at Woodbridge and the letters they wrote home from overseas, puts a social history to two soldiers who died fighting for their country. Artefacts and memorabilia on display, along with family stories, help to unfold a picture of the two boys who went away to war and didn’t return. The presentation honours their sacrifice and salutes the service of all Australians who have gone to war.

With prior notice, you can hold your Anzac Day ceremony at Woodbridge. There is a flagpole and space for two classes in the grounds. Please ask us about having a member of the 10th Light Horse in full uniform attend for your visit.


Post visit activities pdf 

WA Anzac curriculum planning pdf

Extracts from Harper brother letters from Gallipoli pdf

Suggested further reading

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