Azelia Ley Homestead Museum.

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This well-preserved residence was built for Azelia Ley nee Manning, completed 1923. She didn't move in until 1927 after the death of her husband, John Ley whom she had married in 1900. The Manning family were important settlers in the South Fremantle area, and also held land in other parts of the pre-Australian-federation Swan River Colony. Azelia herself held land further south and at Armadale, east of here near the base of the Darling Scarp. The nearby 'Davilak House', now in ruins, were also part of the extensive family holdings and was Azelia's childhood home.

Azelia (1872-1954) was an interesting character who had few friends and tended toward reclusiveness as she aged. Along with a brother, she suffered from polio when young, and both went to UK for treatment. She spent her later years at 'Manning Tree House' as the Museum was then known, tending stock and garden. She enjoyed rides in a buggy and later, drives in an auto. She was known to have taken pot-shots at trespassers who were shooting ducks on Manning Lake, which was part of her holdings.

The Museum features a collection of contemporary artefacts and farm machinery.

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Comments (17)

ebi lutze on November 27, 2012

hi Jock *From the group A1-Unique Australia . For sure a fine Building for housing a Museum.L**, I could spent hours at these places. Regards Ebi

GasGasL€X on November 28, 2012

Superb old home, I could see myself residing there... Neat history lesson too Jock!

cindy555 on November 29, 2012

Down my way Jock I sometimes take my dog for walks here did you climb the hill at the back and see the view of the ocean?



jockswa on November 30, 2012

Thanks folks. It sure is a fine building. There was money in that there family! They also owned a great swag of the Mt Henry (Perth) area, hence the suburb name 'Manning'..and 'Henry' was Charles Manning's middle name. Fascinating to find out where place names come from.

Marion, didn't climb the hill but I was thinking about it. Was my little grandson's 1st birthday party in the park so had limited time. I was disappointed the museum was only open Sundays. We'll definitely make a point of visiting in future. The light would be better in the morning for photography too. Some of my shots were not good enough to add to Pano. Frustration!

Bassam Jayousi on December 4, 2012

Beautiful place! Like

Best wishes, Bassam

jockswa on December 5, 2012

It is Bassam. It's a pity new houses are not built like that now, even those of the rich. Those old houses really were built to last. Many thanks for the Lk. Best regards, Jock.

Panos T. Mourlas on December 7, 2012

Like !!!

Best wishes from Greece!!!


jockswa on December 10, 2012

Many thanks Panos. All the best, Jock.

Ali Raza on December 10, 2012


Beautiful photo.

Best wishes

jockswa on December 14, 2012

Hafeezmj, thank you kindly. Thanks for visiting. all the best, Jock.

Carter Boswell on December 23, 2012

Ho! Ho! Ho! Jock, I wish you all the best of the season and hope you have a mighty fine New Year! Your Pano Pal, Carter

jockswa on December 29, 2012

Carter, thank you! And all the best to you as well. I hope your New Year is a great one. Best wishes, Jock.

Səməd on December 31, 2012

So beautiful! I liked.

Excellent composition and scenery


Happy new Year 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Best wishes, Nikos1954 from Greece-Piraeus.

jockswa on December 31, 2012

Samad and Nikos, many thanks to you both. I hope your New Year is a great one. All the best, Jock.

cindy555 on January 10, 2013

Hello Jock

I was here today , yes with Vader:-))

Did you know this place place is open on Sunday afternoons? I must go and look inside would be nice to see and get some nice pictures as well, also did you know that a mulberry tree is not far away and has fruit on it right now but everyone have been picking them only the ones at the top of the tree are left..Cheers marion

jockswa on January 14, 2013

Hi Marion. Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. I accidentally deleted the message about your post and took me a while to find this. Yes I do know about the Sunday opening and do want to get up there soon. Would be extra interesting I reckon..

Vader would appreciate walking the lake there.

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Photo taken in Manning Park, Davilak Avenue, Hamilton Hill WA 6163, Australia

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