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Cockman House

Cockman house with award

Discover this heritage gem and the people that live here, in the oldest remaining house in the Wanneroo area. Cockman House provides a unique opportunity for teachers and students to encounter what life was like in the past and learn about the families that lived here over a 130 year period.

Completed in 1860, this family home of three generations is a rare historic place of continuous residence by descendants of the original building. It presents a pioneer story that began with James and Mary Ann Cockman at the beginning of the Swan River Colony and progresses alongside the development of the Wanneroo district.

Virtual Tour

Story Trail App

Enjoy the fascinating history and beautiful grounds of Cockman House and try out the new Cockman House story trail app and activities while you visit!

Be among the first to try our new Cockman House app trail at the beautiful and historic Cockman House. Follow the story of James Cockman and his dream of building a family home to last generations with brand new audio and hands on activities that bring the story of Cockman House to life. We encourage you to come along, bring a picnic and take in everything that this fascinating site has to offer.

Download the Play Trails app on your smartphone from Google Play or the Apple store.

Visiting hours

General public
Every Sunday during autumn (March to May) and spring (September to November) from 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Entry by donation
For more information:
Phone: (08) 9405 5920
Email: museum@wanneroo.wa.gov.au

School groups
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9.30am-11.30am and 12.30pm-2pm
For more information:
Phone: (08) 9405 5905
Email: museum@wanneroo.wa.gov.au


Entrance on Ancestor Retreat, Woodvale Drive. Click below to view a map.

Cockman House entrance map

Drop off area

Buses can drop off in the public car park on Ancestor Retreat.


The front section of Cockman House is wheelchair accessible from the front entrance although larger electric wheelchairs may not fit through the front door. There is a step down from the lounge to the kitchen, and a further set of wooden steps to the back verandah. It is possible to get behind the house via path and grassed surface.

Trained guide or assistance dogs

Visitors accompanied by a Trained Guide or Assistance Dog or a dog undergoing such training are welcome in this site.


The male and female toilets are both wheelchair accessible.

Education programs 

Foundation and Year 1 - Work and Play at Cockman House

Children discover the chores and domestic technology of the 'olden days' and compare their own lives to the children that lived in Cockman House. Making a peg doll helps to reinforce the idea that toys were often homemade from available materials.

Year 2/3 - Heritage alphabet

In small teams, students find clues about what life was like in the past for the Cockman family. Each clue begins with a different letter of the alphabet. The session closes with a guided drawing task to examine the significance of Cockman House.

Years 1-3 Online incursion – new!

This new program provides teachers with a way of combining in-class activities focusing on the Cockman family, including pre-incursion activities, a 17-minute movie clip about Cockman House and its families, and a live Q&A session (using FaceTime, Zoom or another agreed media platfrom) at Cockman House with one of our education officers. See the Cockman House online incursion guide for more information.

Year 4/5 - History hunter activities

Students explore the history of the Cockman family and respond to brief inquiry activities whilst exploring this historically significant site, provoking thought about the challenges and innovation of Wanneroo's early settlers.

For more information contact Heritage Education
Phone: (08) 9405 5905
Email: museum@wanneroo.wa.gov.au

Cockman House education resources