A PEEK INSIDE THE HENDERSON STREET WARDERS COTTAGES

Last week I finally got a peek inside the Henderson Street Warders Cottages with some City of Freo staff.

These are the oldest terrace houses in WA, dating back to the 1850s.

The cottages were amazing with challengingly steep stairs, the widest floor boards I have ever seen, low doorways from a era when we were all a bit shorter and some rather rustic living conditions with one family living upstairs and another downstairs

Just as amazing were the secret back gardens behind each of the terraces – full of little tin sheds, laneways and mature trees. It was like a secret inner-city parkland – a part of Fremantle I had never been to before or even new existed. I like the idea of opening this secluded space up to the public more often.

I have posted some photos below of the gardens and cottages for you to enjoy.

Council will consider whether we take over control of the terraces or not in the next couple of months and we look forward to your feedback on that.

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5 Responses to A PEEK INSIDE THE HENDERSON STREET WARDERS COTTAGES

  1. Noelle Roberts-Mok says:

    I see rich history to be refurbished and preserved. “Bed & Breakfast” with character. Turn back the clock to 1850s’ furnishing to attract tourists, eg, “turn back the time” living, damper on the stove with sweet sticky jam and milky tea…..

  2. Kylie Dall says:

    Oh how I would love to return this/these back to their former charm and beauty….

  3. antregter says:

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  4. Sara says:

    What a perfect location for short stay accomodation. Understanding that there is probably a whole lot of heritage value that needs to be considered and a sack full of bi-laws that apply to buildings that are designed for shortstay accomodation… surely these ‘cottages’ lend themselves to being brightend up, made funky and made available at an affordable price. Fremantle culture and history a given – but they needent be dull and dark, nor need they feature a grumpy permanent resident who ends up not being able to tolerate the street life that will hopefully only increase.

  5. Paula Amaral says:

    Perhaps one of the cottages could be dedicated to showcasing how people lived when they were first built, complete with furnishings from the 1800’s. A group of volunteers could perhaps roster to have it opened from Wed to Sunday, and just let people go through and have a look inside.
    Maybe with a gold coin donation box at the entrance.

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