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Bridgedale, Bridgetown


Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes

Place Number

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Hampton St Bridgetown

Location Details

Curtilage includes: Lots 853 & 12 South Western Hwy, and 1, 3, 5 & 7 Hampton St, Bridgetown. Part of NT Blackwood River Crossing & First Settlers Precinct

Other Name(s)

The Blechynden House

Local Government



South West

Construction Date

Constructed from 1862

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List Adopted 28 Nov 2019
Heritage List Adopted 18 Mar 1983
State Register Registered 21 Jan 1997 Register Entry
Assessment Documentation
Heritage Council

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Classified by the National Trust Classified 14 Jul 1997

Heritage Council
Register of the National Estate Indicative Place

Heritage Council
Municipal Inventory Adopted 29 Mar 2018 Management Category A

Management Category A

Conservation of the place is essential. If not already, to be included on the Local Heritage List and recommended for assessment for entry into the State Register of Heritage Places (RHP). Development proposals to be assessed pursuant to SPP 3.5 Historic Heritage Conservation; a Conservation Management Plan (if one exists); and to reinforce the significance of the place. Places entered on the RHP are protected under the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990. Development applications will require referral to the State Heritage Office, unless exempt.

Municipal Inventory Adopted 28 Jun 2001 Category 1

Category 1

Highest level of protection appropriate: recommended for entry for entry into the State Register of Heritage Places; provide maximum encouragement to the owner to conserve the significance of the place.

Statement of Significance

Bridgedale is of high historic, aesthetic, social and research value. The place is held in high esteem by the general public as an historic place.
Aesthetic Value
Bridgedale is a landmark on the Blackwood River foreshore and, through its visual connection to the river and associated Blue Atlas Cedar tree, contributes to the aesthetic qualities of the landscape which, when viewed from across the river, defines the southern entrance to the town
Historic Value
Bridgedale is historically significant as the first farm and home in Bridgetown, which remained as the family home of original settlers John and Elizabeth Blechynden and their family until 1950.
Research Value
Bridgedale has a close association with the Blechynden family, farming pioneers who were influential in the settlement and development of the Bridgetown district. As such, the place demonstrates aspects of progressive phases of development which have occurred within the township of Bridgetown from the 1860’s to the present.
Social Value
Bridgedale was of very high social value. As John Blechynden’s father was a minister of the church, he himself ran services from his home until a Church was built. Bridgedale was also where school instruction was taught until the first public school opened in Steere Street in February 1870.

Physical Description

Bridgedale is a single storey house constructed of red brick with a corrugated galvanised iron roof and three red brick chimneys. The verandah surrounds the house all sides.
The roofs of Bridgedale house and the Single Men’s Hut were originally shingles, replaced with corrugated iron ~1900. In 1975 these were again replaced with Canadian Redwood shingles. The deteriorating shingle roof of the house was replaced by corrugated iron again in 2008 and the Single Men’s Hut in 2014.


John and Elizabeth Blechynden were the first settlers in Bridgetown, around the same time that the Hester family settled not far away in Hester Brook. The Blechyndens’ first home on this site was built c.1860 and the second (current) home built c.1868. The Single Men’s Hut was built between 1868 and 1888. ‘Bridgedale’ is the earliest remaining residence in the Bridgetown district, where John and Elizabeth raised their thirteen children, two of whom died very young.
“When the Bridgetown townsite was proclaimed in 1868, Bridgedale was incorporated into the town survey. As the town developed and expanded Bridgedale became a town residence rather than a homestead. Its farming origins, however, remain apparent.” (National Trust)


Although Bridgedale is no longer a private home, but rather a National Trust property, it has never been converted for any other use, including modern day living. Bridgedale has a high degree of integrity. Although currently closed to the public, numerous artefacts and furniture have remained in the home for interpretation.
There have been a number of internal and external changes to Bridgedale, since its construction. Much of the original fabric however remains and the building is largely in original form. Restoration in recent years has sought to conserve the cultural heritage significance of the place.




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Western Australia' (for the National Trust of Australia (W.A.) 01/0993
Register of Heritage Places Heritage Council of Western Australia 2011
Richards, O. and Pidgeon, J. Conservation Plan for Bridgedale, Bridgetown

Other Reference Numbers

Ref Number Description
A8894 Assess No (Shire Ref)
No.B13 MI Place No.

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
3272 Conservation Plan for Bridgedale, Bridgetown Western Australia Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 1993

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence

Architectural Styles

Victorian Georgian

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof TIMBER Shingle
Wall BRICK Common Brick

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Grazing, pastoralism & dairying
PEOPLE Early settlers

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

27 Apr 2021


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