Fettler’s Cottages

By Paige Bembridge

Fettler’s Cottages1The Fettler’s Cottages are west of Nestlé’s factory on the other side of the railway line. The street name is Railway Reserve. There are three original Fettler’s cottages. These heritage listed dwellings dating back to the early days of Waroona, were erected shortly after the railway from Perth to Bunbury was completed in 1893.

The Fettler’s cottages were occupied by workers on the railway line.
Now it has been turned into federation bungalow style single story residences with moderately pitched gabled broken back roof and front veranda. Some windows have been replaced with aluminium frames. The cottages are set down low and amongst mature trees.

The Fettler’s Cottages were built c 1896 for the railway employees. The Drakesbrook Railway Station opened between 1893 and 1896, and was located on the east side of the railway line opposite the middle cottage.

Now the cottages are privately owned but you can still go to look at them and see what they are all about. The cottage was associated with the railway which was an important part of the development of Waroona today. You can still see the cottages but there is only one cottage left.

See the video with Mrs Walmsley.

Fettler’s Cottages2