Ellensbrook - Heritage Site
Location: 21 Ellen brook Road, Margaret River, Western Australia
Telephone: +61 8 9755 5173
Open Friday - Monday 10.00am-4.00pm
Point of difference
Beautiful heritage listed home, surrounded in national park, walk trail leads to a cave and the delightful Meekadarabee Falls, known to Aboriginal people as the "bathing place of the Moon", which is at its best in winter and spring.
Ellensbrook was built by Alfred and Ellen Bussell in the 1850s and is the earliest European settlement along this coast. The Bussells lived here for 7 years with their large family, growing vegetables and producing butter and cheese from their herd of dairy cattle, before moving to Wallcliffe House on the banks of the Margaret River in 1864. At the time the homestead was very isolated, with the 40 km journey to Busselton taking 2 days by bullock cart. Today, visitors are able to look over the house, which is managed by the National Trust. There is a small charge. It is entirely fitting that Ellensbrook should be named after a woman, as it was women who played a major role in the development and management of the place.
In 1857 Ellen and Alfred Bussell chose the site of their new home. Sheltered from the winter storms, the site had access to fresh water and was surrounded by fertile soil. Over the decades the house was built in stages by ticket-of-leave convicts, deserting seamen and local Nyoongars. The Ellensbrook venture was successful, with income derived from the sale of beef, butter and cheese. Much of the success was due to the practical skills, energy and sound management of Ellen. Alfred and Ellen left Ellensbrook in 1865.
Between 1871 and 1877 Ellensbrook was managed, and the homestead extended, by the eldest of their five daughters, Fanny. Later, the second daughter Edith made Ellensbrook her permanent home. In 1899 she established the Ellensbrook Farm Home for Aboriginal Children.
The Home continued for 17 years during which time Edith continued the tradition of extending the main building.
- Bushwalking Trails
- Native Bush
- Groups Welcome
Children and concession $2
National Trust members are admitted free
Image Courtesy National Trust of Australia (WA). Photographer M. Lewi