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See also: Guildford Convict Hiring Depot.
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Guildford (Mandoon), Western Australia, is bounded to the west by the Swan River (across which is Bassendean - formerly West Guildford), to the south by the Helena River (across which is South Guildford), to the east by Woodbridge, and to the north by the Swan River again (across which is Caversham).

Guildford was established in 1829 at the confluence of the Helena River and Swan River, being sited near a permanent fresh water supply. It was named by James Stirling after his father-in-law’s electorate in Surrey, England. Guildford and Woodbridge are suburbs of Perth—Woodbridge was Stirling's wife Ellen's place of origin.. Woodbridge House (built for Charles Harper) is now open to the public. In the Guildford town centre in Stirling Square park is Gothic Revival St Matthew’s Church. The 19th-century Colonial Gaol, Guildford Courthouse, and Taylor's Cottage are nearby. The cottage shows a typical workman’s home from the late 19th century.

Guildford, Woodbridge, South Guildford, and Caversham are a few of the many localities in the local government area called the City of Swan.

Guildford had a convict hiring depot.

Buildings of historic interest in Guildford include: the Garrick Theatre (former commissariat), the colonial gaol, the Mechanics Institute, the courthouse, Taylor's Cottage, a washhouse,Town Hall, four hotels, St Matthew's Church, and Edmund DuCane's house and offices (now a private house) at 14 Meadow Street See also Guildford hotels and Woodbridge House.

People of historic interest to Guildford include: Edmund DuCane RE, James Stirling RN, William Preston, Charles Harper, Thomas Yule, Richard Meares, Dr George Cowcher, Pietro Porcelli (for the war memorial), Walter Padbury, and Alfred Waylen Jnr.

Places of historic interest in Guildford include: Stirling Square Park, Meadow Street.

Lost buildings of historic interest that were in Guildford include: most of the buildings of the convict depot - only the gaol, commissariat, and superintendent's (DuCane's) house remain.

Guildford churches include St Matthew's Anglican, 1873, Stirling Square, the Wesley Chapel, 1883 (now Uniting Church), 91 James Street, St Mary's Catholic Church, 21 James Street, the Victory Family (evangelical) church, 20 Meadow Street, and the chapel of Guildford Grammar School.

References and Links

Bourke, Michael J. 1987, On the Swan: a History of Swan District, Western Australia, UWAP for the Swan Shire Council.

Burton, Canon Alfred 1938, The Story of the Swan District, Muhling, Perth, v, [82] p.: ill., map, ports.; 22 cm. $70.

Cammilleri, Cara 1971, 'Walter Padbury (1820-1907): Pioneer Pastoralist, Merchant and Philanthropist', Early Days, Volume 7, Part 3: 51-64.

Campbell, Robin McKellar 2010, Building the Fremantle Convict Establishment, PhD, UWA (Faculty of Architecture).

Campbell, R.McK. 2017, Henderson & Coy, privately published. Book based on the dissertation immediately above.

Carter, Jennie 1986, Bassendean: A Social History 1829-1979, Bassendean Town Council.

Deacon, J.E. 1948, 'Captain Richard Goldsmith Meares and his times'Early Days, Volume 3, Part 10: 5-11.

Dundas, Barbara 2005, 'The historic town of Guildford: between sea and scarp', National Garden History Conference, PDF.

Dundas, Barbara 2009, 'The sociocultural significance of historic Guildford', PDF.

Dundas, Barbara 2010, 'Review of literature on land use planning on regional foreshore reserves in the Guildford area', PDF.

Erickson, Rica 1971, 'T. N. Yule, Esq.: a gentleman of misfortune'Early Days, Volume 7, Part 3: 7-25.

Erickson, Rica 1983, 'Eliza Tracey: A woman with a grievance', Early Days, vol. 9, part 1: 103-115.

Foulkes-Taylor, Daphne 2022, Hamersley: From the Old Iron Chest, privately published. 

Gull, H.E.B. 1934, 'Gold at Guildford'Early Days: Volume 2, Part 15: 36-40.

Hasluck, Paul 1927, 'Guildford: 1827-1842', Early Days, vol. 1, part 2: 1-19.

Keane, The Revd Bro. S.B. 1981, 'Pietro G. Porcelli, sculptor, 1872-1943', Early Days, Volume 8, Part 5: 9-28.

Statham-Drew, Pamela 2003, James Stirling: Admiral and Founding Governor of Western Australia, UWAP.

Swan Guildford Historical Society.

Guildford Association website.

Guildford, Western Australia, Wikipedia.

See also: Bassendean.

See also: Guildford hotels.

See also: Success Hill (also Spring, Reserve, and Park).

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