Three minutes is not a lot of time when you are trying to cram in a history lesson. Yet that will be the challenge for those would be history slammers at the Mundaring and Hills Historical Society’s History Slam.

Come and join us for our inaugural History Slam. No experience necessary, just the ability to say a lot in a short period of time. Three minutes to be exact.  We want to hear your poem, song or just plain-spoken memory of life in the hills. If you have an interesting historical object or photograph to show, we would love to see it.

We will be buzzing with anticipation for a fast and furious storytelling or show and tell session. To be held at the Glen Forrest Octagonal Hall, 52 McGlew Road Glen Forrest at 2pm on Saturday 6th July.

Wow! That 3 minutes went quick!

Afternoon tea provided for a gold coin donation.                                                
For further information please contact:  
Mundaring and Hills Historical Society Inc.
mhhs@iinet.net.au or (08) 9295 0540




Charles and Frencenne Lauffer with three of their children – 1903

It was 9.10 am Wednesday the 4th February 1903 when the picnic train puffed into Smith’s Mill Station, and a party of eight French picnickers alighted. They made their way to the Glen Hardy Cellars in Smith’s Mill (now known as Glen Forrest). After drinking most of the six bottles of wine that they had purchased, they made their way to Charles and Frencenne Lauffer’s vineyard, Helena River Nursery.

Charles and Frencenne had lived at their vineyard for sixteen years and together with their four children, were well known and respected by all that knew them.

Nobody could have predicted the tragic event that occured on that sunny Wednesday in February 1903. After a minor argument about the purchase of wine, a pistol was produced by one of the picnickers and Charles was fatally shot. Police were contacted and all the picnic party were shackled to a tree at the railway station, while waiting on the train to take them to Guildford lock-up.

To know more about this story, don’t hesitate to contact us at Mundaring and Hills Historical Society.


Bailup is located on Toodyay Road, north east of Noble Falls in the Shire of Mundaring. Although not well known, from 1840 to 1861, it was home to a police station and the Wayside Inn.

The Police Station was a cluster of mud-brick buildings on the west side of the road. The inn had several licences but in 1861, the licence lapsed and the sly grog trade began. This did not last long as the last person dispensing the sly grog was charged with theft and incarcerated.