DECENDANTS of former Western Australian Premier John Scaddan reunited at Scaddan House in Guildford this month after more than a century of separation from the home.
In celebration of Mr Scaddan’s (WA’s youngest premier 1911-1916) granddaughter’s 80th birthday, family members held a surprise family photo shoot, the first gathering at Scaddan house in 110 years.
The last Scaddan celebration at the Premier’s former residence was for Mr Scaddan’s oldest child, Thomas Richard Scaddan, born there in 1908.
Mr Scaddan’s granddaughter, Cara Scaddan, along with her three daughters, six grandchildren (Mr Scaddan’s great-great-grandchildren) and other relatives met with current home owners Kirsty Champion and Brett Holmes to celebrate the milestone.
Cara’s daughter Fiona Cox organised the event.
“Mum thoroughly enjoyed the surprise visit and photo shoot,” she said.
“We felt the historic property offered a wonderful historic story, location, backdrop on the verandah and family connection to have a photo shoot.”
Cara visited the house when the property was for sale several years ago with thoughts to turn it into a private John Scaddan Museum.
The house was later renovated between 2014 and 2016.
Born four years after the death of her grandfather, Cara has donated many of John Scaddan’s political memorabilia to the WA Library, WA Museum and Perth Masonic Lodge, but also keeps personal mementos of John Scaddan and his time as WA Premier in her home in Perth.
Cara Scaddan gave homeowners Kirsty and Brett photographs of the Premier John Scaddan from her personal collection of family photos as a thank you.
By Claire Ottaviano