Catholic Homes is delighted with the announcement by the State Government that the Bebo Moro homestead located on its St Vincent’s site in Guildford has been heritage listed.
The residence was built in 1890 on the banks of the Swan River, dating it back to the early colonial development of the area.
Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said that Bebo Moro is important for the story that it tells about the early development of the area, especially as a residence designed for the elite colonial merchant class.
‘The unusual name is said to be an adaption of a Nyungar word for ‘bend on the river’ which aptly describes the position of the property within a bend of the Swan River, ‘Mr Jacob said.
Catholic Homes’ Acting Chief Executive Gautam Gupta said, this homestead with freestanding cellar and storeroom provide great insight into what life would have been like in colonial times.
‘It is fantastic news that the WA government has recognised its significance by placing it on the register and we look forward to continuing to care and preserve it for future generations,’ Mr Gupta said.
Catholic Homes has owned the St Vincent’s site that Bebo Moro sits on since 1957. It is no home to more than 60 people who reside in the aged care residence that has been built alongside the homestead.