Stirling Square is the centre point of Guildford with beautiful old trees which outline the park and play equipment. Within the park is a memorial for the men who fought in the Australian Imperial Forces during the Great War 1914 – 1919. Their names are unscripted on the side. Another feature of the new refurbished park is St Matthews Church.
This little cottage was thought to have been built around 1880 and at 3 Meadow Street. Which is now part of the Swan Guildford Colonial Museum. You can view the little house by visiting the Courthouse Museum.
Admission is 2.00 – 5.00pm on Sundays but closed Dec, Jan and Feb.
Guilford Town Hall
The town hall was opened in 1938 on the site of the old Snapper’s and Miners Quarters. The central tower is influenced by the Cubist style of modern architecture which reached Australia during the 1930’s. When Midland amalgamated with Swan, the Guildford Town Hall started to loose some of its former importance. It is used as a theatre and as a reminder of local government history in Guildford.
Built in 1841, this is what is left of the first government buildings built in the area. There were two prison cells, a constable’s room and a set of stocks. Later an exercise yard was built for prisoners that were held there. Tours are conducted through the Gaol on Sundays at 2.30pm at a small cost.
Swan Guilford Historical Society
There are displays within the old courthouse by the Swan Guildford Historical Society. These encompass a collection of costumes and personal items worn and used in the days of the courthouse era as well as write-ups on how things were during that time in the Swan Valley.
Guildford Old Courthouse
The old courthouse is open 7 days a week and is now the visitors centre for Guildford and surrounding areas. You can even get touring information here for as far as Albany and Esperance. The staff are very helpful whether you are asking the question in person or via email and will promptly mail you anything of interest The Courthouse was built in 1866 by convict work crews.
Open 9.00am to 4.00pm 7 days
Guildford Post Office
The beautiful building is quite the landmark of Guildford. It was erected on the site of an old Convict Depot hospital. The cell exercise yard and main cell block of the Convict Depot stood to the south of the Post Office as it is now. In 1901 the public clock was added to the tower along with a bell. The bell is still on the roof of the tower but is no longer rung on the hours.