Gateway to Agriculture
Guildford, nestled near the banks of the Swan River, became an important port
settlement for the fledgling Swan River colony. Ideally situated near the only main transport source, the Swan
River, Guildford became the gateway to the inland agricultural areas of the swan valley and Darling
The town of Guildford is located 13km east of Perth. Founded in 1829, Guildford was named after the town of
Guildford in Surrey, England (near the birthplace of Ellen Stirling, the wife of Lieutenant-Governor James
Stirling). Guildford became a thriving inland port with flat bottom cargo boats transporting produce from the Swan
Valley region to the city, via the Swan River.
The town was planned by surveyor H.C. Sutherland in 1829 and he set aside land facing Stirling Square for
The first Government buildings to be constructed may come as no surprise, were two prison cells and a constable's
room. A sturdy set of stocks were also erected for the unruly criminals. A section of the original cells still
remain. In 1866 the Guildford Courthouse was built and now functions as the Guildford Visitors Centre.
Interesting Facts About Guildford
The post code for Guildford is 6055.
Woodbridge House was built for Charles Harper who was the inventor of the Harper
Mr John Welbourne, who built the Guildford Gaol complex, handed in his trowel after completing the building, to become its new