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Bluff Point Light House Cottage

The Geraldton Historical Society’s involvement with local history dates back to 1950 with the formation of what was then called the Victoria District Historical Society.

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COTTAGE BECOMES A MUSEUM
The Geraldton Historical Society has occupied the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage since 1971 and it is their archival centre with an extensive collection of historic photographs, members lending library, research and reference material and among the displays are heritage lifestyle objects, costumes, textiles, lace and china. Displays are changed and added to on a rotational basis.

Geraldton’s first Lighthouse, built by Mr. William Trigg, of local limestone is still structurally the same as when constructed in 1876. Sarking timber of the shingle roof can be seen and has been covered with iron to preserve it. The original building consisted of two bedrooms, kitchen, living room, light tower and oil room.

The steps to the tower are original and as can be seen are well worn over the years from the passage of many feet. In later years the back section of the cottage was added and includes an inside toilet and bathroom. 

The Fresnel prism lens on display in the living room is from the original light from the Cottage tower and four bolt holes can be seen in the ceiling of the tower where it was bolted.

The two Bluff Point lights remained in use until the early 1950’s. Vandals tried to burn the woodwork of the tower and it became structurally unsound and was demolished.

Denison House

Denison House has a rich history in it's past. It is currently used for numerous community groups.

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This was the site of the first tillage lease in the district and Smith’s Mill was built here in 1865. Later, stone from the mill was used to build Denison House for Dr Bartlett, and in 1944 the Benedictine Order of New Norcia purchased the building as a retreat. It is now owned by Shire of Irwin.

 

Dongara State School

This building is now the local rag office and pottery club.

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The first Dongara school was built in 1870 where the police station now stands, but an increase in attendances required the construction of this two-roomed building in 1906. It served the town until 1972 when the new district high school was built.

Greenough

Take a journey through Greenough and you’ll find yourself transported back in time.

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In Greenough, among the gloriously restored historical buildings and the patchwork of crops and rolling hills, you’ll find a sense of timelessness and a feeling of romance reminiscent of the past. It’s little wonder, considering the Central Greenough Historical Settlement (formerly known as the Greenough Hamlet), is considered among the country’s best-preserved 19th century towns.
In the heart of this historic village lies a collection of 11 buildings, including the former jail, courthouse, police station, churches and a school. And while these buildings today operate just for tourists, you need only spend a little time here to feel transported to another time.

Close your eyes while standing in the cool confines of the jail and you can almost hear the clank of chains and the shuffle of prisoners. Or step inside the courthouse and imagine the trials once heard here and the sentences handed down.

The village was formed in 1865 to service the surrounding pioneer farmers, who struck out north from the expanding Swan River Settlement in a bid to eke out a living from the land.

Today the village is complemented by an ever-growing series of interpretative material, which opens your eyes to the area’s most colourful stories. There’s also a stylish cafe set alongside the village – just the spot to sip a coffee while overlooking the buildings.
The Central Greenough Historical Settlement is the centrepiece of an entire suite of historical buildings and areas of interest on the Greenough/Walkaway Heritage Trail.

The trail takes in some 36 historical buildings and starts from the Pioneer Museum. Located in the former home of Greenough pioneers John Maley and Elizabeth Waldeck, the museum is the oldest in the Mid West. The couple moved here in 1862 and raised 14 children in the region. Today the museum is run by passionate Greenough historian Gary Martin and provides a fascinating insight into the everyday life of Greenough’s pioneers.

The heritage trail also includes the Pioneer Cemetery – a moving tribute to the men, women and children who first settled in the area. The inscriptions on the tombstones are moving and enable visitors to imagine the lives lead by these hardy pioneers.
While on the heritage trail you’ll also cross the Old Convict Bridge, which passes over the Greenough River, and visit the historic Hampton Arms Inn, which has a restaurant, motel, bar and a rare secondhand bookshop. The inn was the first to operate in the district, opening in 1863, and has been beautifully maintained and restored. The Hampton Arms Inn is also rumoured to be haunted by a local stonemason who was killed in a fight in the bar many years ago.

The heritage trail continues by the Walkaway Railway Station Museum, giving travellers an insight into the region’s transport history, and on to the modern day Alinta Wind Farm – the second largest in Australia.

You’ll finish your journey at the scenic Ellendale Pool – a permanent water hole framed by rust-red rock walls and renowned as being an important site for the Aboriginal people who lived here, long before Europeans first arrived.

The Central Greenough Historical Settlement is located about 20km south of Geraldton. Several gorgeous bed and breakfasts operate in the area and further accommodation is available in Geraldton.

Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station

Originally a line station connecting the north west and the goldfields to the eastern states and overseas. Locate on the shore of Hamelin Pool.

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There is a shell block adjacent to the telegraph station which is where many of the unique shell buildings in the area began.

Heritage Buildings

The best way to discover our charming historic building is in on the Dongara Heritage Walk. Purchase a booklet from the Visitors Centre for $2.50 and begin your journey back in time.

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The 4km walk highlights 28 heritage listed buildings in the twin towns, starting at the Dongara Port Denison Visitor Centre which was originally the town's post office. Focal points of the walk include the Royal Flour Mill built in 1894, the Old Police Station built in 1870 and Russ Cottage. 

Knowler House

The building was constructed in the 1930s by George Knowler as a house and fish shop. It was later the residence of his son Sydney Knowler, who was a prominent fisherman.

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This house was built in the 1930s by George Knowler, builder, brick maker and well sinker. It was built as a house and shop which was run by the Knowler family and later May Batty ran it as a fish and chip shop.It was the residence of Sydney Knowler, a fisherman, till the 1970s when it was sold to Ken Smalley, who renovated the building and added a two storey garage and quarters at the rear. In the Mid 1980s Dennis and Joy Gilbert purchased the property and it was sold again in 2004.

Macpherson Homestead

The heritage-listed homestead of the Macpherson family, who settled in Carnamah in 1868.

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The heritage listed Macpherson Homestead was one of the first buildings in the district, and following restoration is standing strong aged over 135 years.

It is located just one kilometre east of the Carnamah townsite via a marked driveway on the north side of the Carnamah-Bunjil Road.

The homestead and its grounds can be visited at anytime. If you would like to look inside please make prior arrangements by telephone with George on 08 9951 1690, or Jill on 08 9951 1575 or 0458 576 758.

See also Macpherson Homestead on our website and Virtual Musuem: Macpherson Family.

Pearse House

Pearse House was built in 1870 as an early pastoralist house and was a very prominent building.

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This large house was built in 1870 by merchant, farmer and grazier Francis Pearse. It was built as a seven-roomed house, and three rooms were added later. It originally had terraced gardens down to the river’s edge.

 

Road Board Office

Built of local stone, this small single room building was constructed in 1910 to house the Irwin District Roads Board Office and was used for this purpose until 1958 when minor additions were made to

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This single roomed building was built of local stone in 1910 to house the Roads Board building. It served until 1958, when new offices were built alongside the Town Hall.

Royal Steam Roller Flour Mill

The Dongara Flour Mill was built in 1894 by local merchant and grazier Francis Pearse to plans supplied by Henry Simon of Manchester, England.

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The mill was built for merchant Francis Pearse in 1894. Powered by huge steam engines, the mill ground wheat produced in the district until it closed in 1935. During World War II, much of the timber was removed for use in gun emplacements in the coastal dunes.

 

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