Butterly House

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Butterly House
Butterly House 0801 gnangarra.jpg
Harper Road view
Former names Monger's Cottage
General information
Architectural style Victorian Georgian
Address 1A‐D Harper Road (at the corner of Stirling Terrace)
Town or city Toodyay, Western Australia
Country Australia
Coordinates 31°33′02″S 116°27′51″E / 31.55059°S 116.4641°E / -31.55059; 116.4641
Completed c.1870
Renovated 1889 conversion to bank.
1910 extensive remodelling with new roof and verandahs added
1990 restoration to circa 1930 appearance
Height Single storey
Design and construction
Main contractor 1910 Harry Davey

Butterly House, also known as Monger's Cottage, is located at 1A-D Harper Road, Toodyay, Western Australia. The building was the location of the first bank in Toodyay.


The land was bought by J.G.C. Carr in 1860.[1][3] The original dwelling was constructed by John Henry Monger circa 1870, on Town Lot #1. His son, Charles Samuel Monger, resided in the dwelling[1] and operated the family store located opposite the house and adjacent to the Bolgart Bridge (crossing the Avon River). In 1889 the building was converted to accommodate the Western Australian Bank.[1] This was the first bank in Toodyay.[3] The manager of the Northam Branch, James Mitchell,[4] who later became the Premier of Western Australia and Governor of Western Australia,[5] rode over twice a week to also manage the Toodyay branch.[6] In 1898 the bank vacated the premises, moving into a newly constructed premises on Stirling Terrace,[6] and the Monger family resumed occupancy.[1][2] In 1910 the residence was acquired by Mr Angus and Mrs Emma Butterly (née Monger), who undertook extensive remodelling of the dwelling. From 1954–80 the cottage was owned and occupied by Miss Kathleen Gladys Butterly, who sold the house and land to the Shire of Toodyay in 1981. In March 1981, the Shire Council leased Butterly House to the Toodyay Homes for the Aged Association (now Butterly Cottages Association (Inc.)). In 1997 the Association received a grant from the Heritage Council and in 1998 funding from Lotteries Commission to restore the building. In 1999 the building was officially re-opened and is used by the Association for recreation and as a living museum with collections of photographs and memorabilia.[7]

Architectural style[edit]

Butterly House is a six roomed Victorian Georgian styled dwelling. It has a U-shaped hipped roof, originally shingled and now corrugated iron, with symmetrically placed brick chimneys, and is encircled by a hipped bullnosed iron verandah with simple timber columns.[8] Brickwork is in Flemish bond, the earliest surviving example of this type in Toodyay.[2] It has a symmetrical facade with centrally placed panelled door and French windows opening onto the verandah.[8]

Heritage value[edit]

Butterly House was classified by the National Trust (WA) on 3 March 1992,[2][9] and entered into the Register of the National Estate by the Australian Heritage Commission on 30 June 1992.[3]

The building was also permanently entered on the State Heritage Register by the Heritage Council of Western Australia on 7 April 1995[3] and is listed on the Shire of Toodyay's Municipal Inventory.


  1. ^ a b c d e Hocking Planning & Architecture (2012), Municipal Inventory and Heritage List (PDF), Shire of Toodyay, archived from the original (PDF) on 2 February 2014, retrieved 7 March 2014 
  2. ^ a b c d "Butterly House". Assessment Document. Heritage Council of Western Australia. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Place No: 03253 Name: Butterly House". Heritage Database. HCWA. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Place No: 02565 Name: Bank Of New South Wales (NSW) (fmr)". Heritage Database. HCWA. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "A Talk About Toodyay". Sunday Times. Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 22 October 1933. p. 12 Section: First Section. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Erickson, Rica (1974). Old Toodyay and Newcastle. Shire of Toodyay. p. 319. ISBN 0959831509. 
  7. ^ "DHW Presents Questionable Model". Community Housing Coalition WA. March–April 2003. Archived from the original on 10 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Physical Description, Butterly House, StateHeritage.wa.gov, retrieved 9 January 2014
  9. ^ Living History. Shire of Toodyay. 

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