Wonnerup House - What happens when two worlds collide?
Nestled between a majestic Tuart forest and the Vasse Estuary wetlands, the peaceful, almost romantic setting of Wonnerup belies a more difficult and turbulent past.
Wonnerup House sits on Wadandi Country, less than 10 kilometres north of Busselton, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the South West.
The property’s name, Wonnerup, was adopted by George Layman in 1832 when he took a land grant of 500 acres at this location.
Nestled between the majestic Ludlow Tuart Forest and the spectacular Vasse-Wonnerup wetlands, this peaceful setting belies a 140-year history of perseverance and hardship, as well as mistrust and tragedy, following the colonisation of the greater Busselton area in the 1830s.
It is also a powerful reminder of the isolation, danger and struggles faced by the Layman family and others like them in the early days of the colony.
Working with Traditional Custodians and members of the Layman family, the National Trust has installed a simple but provocative presentation to encourage visitors to question their knowledge of the past and to consider how we understand truth.
The objects and furniture that were displayed in the house will remain in storage as we explore ways to present a more layered and comprehensive interpretation of this important site over the next few years.
Visitors are welcome to explore the house while this work is underway, and may gain insights on the National Trust’s approach to interpretation, storytelling and appreciation of the broader cultural landscape.
Drive your story: Wonnerup House is part of the Busselton Bay and Bounty Trail.