Restoration works commence at Duffy House

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The City of Joondalup has commenced restoration works on one of the oldest surviving buildings within its boundaries – Duffy House in Woodvale.

The single storey limestone cottage is associated with the prominent Duffy family, who were early settlers of the area and long-time Wanneroo residents.

Constructed between 1911 and 1913, the building has remained abandoned since 2009 and subsequently become a target for antisocial behaviour and vandalism.

This prompted the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) to purchase the site in 2015 with the view of identifying a long-term solution for the building.

In 2018, the Joondalup Council agreed to accept future management of the building and was provided with grant funding from the WAPC to progress restoration works and identify potential future uses for the site.

Stage one restoration works will include:

  • Installation of site fencing to secure the area
  • Undertake repair works to Duffy House, by re-using brickwork from the dilapidated old dairy that is also located on the site
  • Make the old dairy safe with the view of installing future historical interpretative signage
  • Undertake trenching works to install power and water to the building.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said he is pleased that works will be undertaken to restore Duffy House to a condition that will allow it to be appreciated for generations to come.

“Duffy House is one of our last surviving links to the pastoral land use in the Wanneroo and Joondalup area many decades ago, and I look forward to seeing what awaits for this significant historical landmark in the future,” Mayor Jacob said.

“I thank the State Government and the WAPC for providing funding and support to the City which have enabled these vital restoration works to take place.”

The Duffy House restoration project is proudly funded by the Western Australian Planning Commission and the City of Joondalup.

Future uses for the site are currently under consideration, with further information to be made publicly available in due course.

Anyone with queries on Duffy House is encouraged to City at info@joondalup.wa.gov.au or call the Infrastructure Services Customer Relations line.