Pensioner Guard Cottage Open Days

Sunday 29th September 2019
(Multiple Dates Between Sunday 29th September 2019 & Sunday 24th November 2019)

Have you ever visited the Pensioner Guard Cottage at 1 Surrey Street, Bassendean?

It is the last remaining cottage in the metropolitan area available for members of the public to visit and see how an Enrolled Pensioner Guard family lived c1856.

Owned by the Town of Bassendean since 1988, it is opened on the last Sunday of each month (excluding December and January) by the volunteer members of the Bassendean Historical Society Inc.   A gold coin donation is appreciated.

The two bedroom cottage contains information about life in early West Guildford and the original inhabitants, the Law Davis family.

Find out about the Enrolled Pensioner Guards and understand how small the community was and how the pensioner guards supervised the convicts housed in the Guildford Depot in work gangs to make roads, clear trees and make buildings from local materials.

The 1893 residence next door, also owned by the Town, will be the site of a future museum.

To join the Bassendean Historical Society Inc. go to

Find out more about local history in Ashfield, Bassendean and Eden Hill at the Local Studies Collection in the Bassendean Memorial Library.

Event Details

Time: 10:00am-1:30pm

Venue: 1 Surrey St, Bassendean


Organisation: Bassendean Historical Society Inc.


Event Date(s)

  • Sunday 29th September 2019
  • Sunday 27th October 2019
  • Sunday 24th November 2019