Woodloes Activation

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The City wants find out more about what you think about Woodloes, one of the Cities most important heritage sites.

Have you heard of Woodloes, visited or taken part in an event at the homestead? Would you like more opportunities to connect to this part of Canning’s history?

Canning Districts Historical Society and the City of Canning want your help to shape a plan to connect our community with this unique heritage site.

Woodloes was built c.1871 by Francis Bird, partner in the Mason Bird Timber Company, as his family home. The Company was engaged in cutting timber in the Carmel area and transporting it to Mason’s Landing on the Canning River. After further processing, they shipped it via the river to Perth and Fremantle. Woodloes is a rare surviving example of an architect designed complete residence of a well-to-do colonial family and is unique in that it is not a compilation of various building projects undertaken over a period of time.

Woodloes was bought by the now City of Canning in the 1960s, restored during the 1970s and opened as the local folk museum in 1978. The house contains a variety of artefacts dating from the date of its construction through to contemporary times and is managed by the Canning Districts Historical Society Inc.
A reproduction of the Cannington Congregational Church, known colloquially as “the Church with the Chimney” was built on the site during the late 1980s following demolition of the original building which was located on Albany Highway for road widening purposes. The church is used for conduct of weddings, appropriate social events and meetings.

Your opinions are needed in order to stimulate increased interest in the site’s heritage and to stimulate activity which may be suitable at such a location.


Community opinion is sought for this purpose.



The City wants find out more about what you think about Woodloes, one of the Cities most important heritage sites.

Have you heard of Woodloes, visited or taken part in an event at the homestead? Would you like more opportunities to connect to this part of Canning’s history?

Canning Districts Historical Society and the City of Canning want your help to shape a plan to connect our community with this unique heritage site.

Woodloes was built c.1871 by Francis Bird, partner in the Mason Bird Timber Company, as his family home. The Company was engaged in cutting timber in the Carmel area and transporting it to Mason’s Landing on the Canning River. After further processing, they shipped it via the river to Perth and Fremantle. Woodloes is a rare surviving example of an architect designed complete residence of a well-to-do colonial family and is unique in that it is not a compilation of various building projects undertaken over a period of time.

Woodloes was bought by the now City of Canning in the 1960s, restored during the 1970s and opened as the local folk museum in 1978. The house contains a variety of artefacts dating from the date of its construction through to contemporary times and is managed by the Canning Districts Historical Society Inc.
A reproduction of the Cannington Congregational Church, known colloquially as “the Church with the Chimney” was built on the site during the late 1980s following demolition of the original building which was located on Albany Highway for road widening purposes. The church is used for conduct of weddings, appropriate social events and meetings.

Your opinions are needed in order to stimulate increased interest in the site’s heritage and to stimulate activity which may be suitable at such a location.


Community opinion is sought for this purpose.