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WA Branch: Waroona – A Day in the Country

27 September 2020

Event planned but subject to COVID-19 status.

AGHS WA Branch

Self-Drive Day Trip to Pinjarra & Waroona

RSVP  by Thursday 24 September  Sue Monger 0417 187 376     9384 1575

This promises to be a day full of interest with a visit to Fairbridge Farm, Pinjarra enroute to the Waroona Historical Society to view and have talk about the Wardian case. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at Cypress Farm, the garden in the forest developed by Kingsley Dixon and Lionel Johnston. This is sure to be an absolute picture of Spring colours with an extensive variety of plants.

We will be visiting:

  • Fairbridge Farm, designated world heritage site 1998. Fairbridge Farm School was established by Englishman Kinglsey Fairbridge in 1912 and between 1913 and 1939 more than 1100 children came to Fairbridge under the care of the Fairbridge Society. Fairbridge Western Australia Inc (1983) now manages the site and runs camps and works with disadvantaged and young people guided by Kingsley Fairbridge’s principle of providing young people with support to achieve their full potential.
  • Waroona Historical Society viewing the Wardian Case and a talk. The Wardian Case resembled a miniature glasshouse and was developed by Englishman Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward in the 1830’s to overcome the difficulties of transporting plants safely around the world.
  • Cypress Farm, Waroona  A garden in the forest with running streams and unusual plants. The property owners Kingsley Dixon, Foundation Director of Science at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and Lionel Johnston are happy for us to explore at our leisure.


Leave Perth (in own vehicles) at 9.00 am to arrive at Fairbridge 1030 – 11.15 am

South West Highway, Pinjarra.  Rendezvous at Reception Centre  BYO morning tea

n.b. signage to Fairbridge from SW Highway is “a bit faded”.  Look out for the Parking area on the left which is just before the left turn onto Fairbridge Road.

11.15 Leave Fairbridge for Waroona Historical Society (cnr Millar St & South West Highway) Parking at the rear.  Assemble here for travel in convoy to Cypress Farm.  Car pooling is suggested  because the access to the farm is through the forest on a narrow, gravel road.  There is parking for 20 cars at Cypress Farm.

12.15 pm Leave Waroona Arrive Cypress Farm 1.00 pm   BYO lunch. Notes and a talk will be provided.

Toilets are available at all stops

Cost: $20.00 per person

Please make your payment by

(i)    direct deposit to AGHS Bendigo Bank BSB 633 108  a/c 1481 26360 Use your surname as the Reference/Description


(ii)  Cheque payable to Australian Garden History Society WA.  Post to

The Treasurer  Max Stewart, 103 Holmfirth St, Coolbinia WA 6050

RSVP  by Thursday 24 September  Sue Monger 0417 187 376 / 9384 1575 /

Emergency Contact Sue M 0417 187 376       n.b. there may be a poor or no signal in the  Cypress Farm area


27 September 2020
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