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May Cottage


Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes

Place Number

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100 Turner Rd Bridgetown

Location Details

Lot 441, approximately 3kms east of the centre of Bridgetown near the junction of May St.

Local Government



South West

Construction Date

Constructed from 1880

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List Adopted 28 Nov 2019

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
RHP - To be assessed Current 25 May 2007

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
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.

Municipal Inventory Adopted 29 Mar 2018 Management Category B

Management Category B

Conservation of the place is highly desirable. If not already, to be included on the Local Heritage List. Development proposals to be assessed pursuant to State Planning Policy 3.5 Historic Heritage Conservation; a Conservation Management Plan (if one exists); and to reinforce the significance of the place. Record prior to redevelopment, recognise and interpret if possible.

Statement of Significance

May Cottage is very significant for its aesthetic, historic and research value, which is increased by the intactness and condition of the fabric.
Aesthetic Value
May Cottage has high aesthetic value. From the road, the cottage looks near original and is well kept. Visually, it is typical of Colonial Australia.
Historic Value
May Cottage has historic value as the homestead of the pioneering May family, as well as for its construction type and age.
Research Value
Insight into early farming lifestyle of settlers and construction materials and techniques of a split timber cottage.
Social Value
May Cottage has social value as a home of a pioneering May family.

Physical Description

May Cottage is a simple, rectangular, timber framed slab structure with gabled roof, small paned casement windows and a simple brick chimney with external flue to the west wall. The house has a new, red colorbond roof and skillon verandah, with large extension and timber deck to the south. The timber and red colorbond extension is 'L' shaped in plan, with a replicated gable roof abutting the original residence along its south elevation, and a gabled north-south walkway linking the western end of the residence to a western wing. The extensions are not readily visible from the street, and the original form of May Cottage is still clearly evident.


The pioneering May family lived on a ten acre allotment selling produce in town, such as fruit, vegetable and dairy goods.
John May arrived in Fremantle with his first wife in December 1878 where he met John Allnutt from Bridgetown who was looking for a man to help on his farm. For six years John May worked for John Allnutt, during which time he selected 100 acres of land at ‘Mattamattup’ under the commitment of clearing and fencing 25 acres in five years.
In 1931 the farm was described as follows:
“About one and a half miles from Bridgetown post office, the Grass Valley property, owned by Mr. John May, and comprising 300 acres, was acquired by the present holder some 50 years ago, in its virgin state, at a time when stores had to be carted from Bunbury. Twenty acres are now under orchard, which this season will produce 2,500 bushels. The balance of the land on the property is cleared, and 50 acres are under subterranean clover, and carry three sheep to the acre. This season's crop was very heavy and found a ready market at top prices.” John May died in November 1934, aged 85 years.


May Cottage continues to be used as a private residence.
Moderate to High
Although there have been large scale additions to the rear of the house, these have been completed sympathetically without altering the original house. Recent maintenance and renovation of the original house has been done sympathetically to retain as much of the original character as possible. May Cottage remains largely authentic in design and overall appearance.




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
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Western Mail ( 16/04/1931
John May Oral History 22/03/1934

Other Reference Numbers

Ref Number Description
A43513 Assess No (Shire Ref)
No.B24 MI Place No.

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


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

Architectural Styles

Victorian Georgian

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall TIMBER Slab

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Rural industry & market gardening

Creation Date

19 Jun 1991

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Last Update

27 Apr 2021


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