President: Deborah Chinnery Secretery: Roger Tomlins

Our new website is currently under development, in the meantime, you can find us:

  • on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MaylandsHistorical/ 
  • on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/people/maylandshs/
  • at the Old Police Station, 196 Guildford Road
    (Our displays are open to the public on Wednesdays from 9.30am to 3.30 pm)

You can also email us on maylandshs@gmail.com

The Maylands Historical and Peninsula Association Inc. invites you to explore our history of Maylands, please enjoy.

A brief history of Maylands.

The Suburb of Maylands developed in two distinct time periods.

1830s to 1900s
From 1830 until about 1900, the Peninsula area was known as Peninsula Farm as it was famous for its agricultural products, which were grown to support the developing city of nearby Perth. It was known as the Peninsula area from 1830 when it was first settled and farmed by the Tranby Settlers, led by Joseph Hardey. 

Joseph Hardey and family were well established, not only as farmers, but also as devout and active leaders of the Methodist Church. They eventually owned all of the land on the Peninsula.

1900s to the Present
After the death of Joseph, his son Richard developed the land for sale for urban settlement in 1903. This coincided with the growth of the Maylands town area which absorbed the Peninsula as a suburb, soon becoming known collectively as Maylands. The main area around the Maylands Railway Station and shopping precinct did not develop until after the railway station was built in 1900. This was to support the Mepham Ferguson Factory, which was established around 1898 to manufacture pipes for the Kalgoorlie Water Scheme.

Maylands developed as a family area from the beginning, with land being cheap for housing. Shops were built in Railway Terrace (renamed Whatley Crescent) from 1898, later extending into Eighth Avenue and Guildford Road.

There were three early hotels, those being the Central Hotel 1902, the Peninsula hotel 1906 and Hoffmans Hotel which used to be on the corner of Guildford road and Rowlands Street.