Edenvale Homestead

Edenvale was built in 1888 by Edward McLarty, son of pioneer farmers John and Mary McLarty, who arrived in the colony in 1839 from Campbelltown, Scotland.

 

With its 17 rooms and imposing Victorian style, Edenvale was a typical homestead complex surrounded by functional outbuildings, several of which remain today.

 

Aside from its architectural attributes, Edenvale is significant as the principal residence of the second and third generations of one branch of the McLarty Family. Duncan Ross McLarty, the youngest son of Edward and Mary, was the Premier of Western Australia from 1947 to 1953. His family was the last to reside at Edenvale.

 

In August 2009, arsonists caused severe damage to the south west wing of the Edenvale homestead. The Shire of Murray, working with the Heritage Council of Western Australia, took the opportunity to redesign the interior of this part of the building creating a more useable space. Completed in October 2011, it is now available for use by the community. The Edenvale Heritage Precinct was recognised with a WA State Heritage Award in 2013 for outstanding restoration of a non-residential place.

 

Liveringa

 

One of the oldest buildings in the Edenvale Heritage Precinct, the construction date of Liveringa Homestead is uncertain. Part of the house possible dates from the late 1860s, with additions in 1873/4.

 

Edward, the second son of John McLarty, married Mary Jane Campbell and Liveringa was their first home, with six of their seven children born there.

 

Today Liveringa is home to local artists who showcase their artworks in this lovely old building/gallery.

 

 

Murray Districts Historical Society • Old Schoolmaster's House, Henry Street • Edenvale Precinct • Pinjarra Western Australia

Phone: 0408 846 567 or 0407 422 771