Shenton’s Mill (commonly known as the Old Mill) and cottage were built in 1835, replacing the 1833 timber-framed mill. Shenton’s Mill ceased operation in 1859 due to the introduction of larger capacity steam mills to the Colony. After a brief period as a ‘Pleasure Garden’, during which time the sails were removed and verandahs and accommodation were added to the old tower, the Mill fell into decay. It was rescued from demolition by Sir Lance Brisbane, who funded the preservation of the tower and cottage, transforming them into a folk museum. The site was classified by the National Trust in 1973 and since 1994 has been managed and maintained by the City of South Perth.
The Old Mill is open to visitors Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 1 pm – 4pm. Donations are greatfully accepted.
School and group visits are encouraged so give the Old Mill staff a call on 08 9367 5788 to let them know when you plan to visit.
The Mill is accessible via public transport- search the Transperth website for timetables.
Or if travelling by car on the Kwinana Freeway, take the Mill Point Road exit. The location of the Mill can be seen in the map below.