Mahogany Commode


This mahogany commode with a Belgian marble top has a fascinating story. It is thought to have belonged to Napoleon during his exile in St Helena. How did it come to be in Albany? It seems that the Bird family, who lived at Strawberry Hill from 1889 to 1965, were given it by friends in Perth who possibly had a connection to St Helena. One thing is for certain - it is a very handsome piece of furniture for which the full story is still to be uncovered.

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Strawberry Hill at Barmup

Walking along the path towards the historic house, enjoy the lush gardens around you. As well as being beautiful, they illustrate why this location was an important place for both the Menang people...


174 Middleton Road
Albany WA 6330

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