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Galleries in Australias Golden Outback


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Baxter And Maree Art Gallery

View artwork by Tammy Andrews and special exhibiting guest artists.

  • Galleries:Painting,Art Gallery
  • Open Days/times:Monday - Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday 9am-12noon

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,By Appointment Only

Description

Boulder Town Hall & Goatcher Curtain

Built in 1908 this building has played the role of theatre, library and municipal offices. It is best known for the stage curtain painted by internationally renowned theatre artist Phillip Goatcher.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri 10AM - 4PM

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

The Bay of Naples curtain can be viewed at the following times:

  •  Tuesdays, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
  •  Thursdays, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
  •  Boulder Market Day (every 3rd Sunday of the month), 10.30 am – 12.30 pm

Philip Goatcher curtain

The Boulder Town Hall contains one of the world’s last surviving examples of a working Philip Goatcher stage curtain—the Bay of Naples.

About Philip Goatcher

Philip Goatcher is noted as a great exponent of the art of stage curtain design.

He was born in London in 1852, and left school in his early teens to become a law clerk. Inspired by Sadler’s Wells Theatre, he started sketching stage art on office pads.

In 1867, at the age of 14, Philip was apprenticed to a Liverpool shipping firm and sailed to Melbourne. There he jumped ship and walked to Ballarat.

In Ballarat, Philip's sketches attracted the attention of John Hemmings, Melbourne’s leading scene painter, who worked for the Theatre Royal.

Hemmings predicted that this young man would have a future in painting, but Philip had gold fever and eventually moved to New Zealand and later to San Francisco—where he met the young JC Williamson.

It was not until he returned to London that he began his new career in earnest.

In 1890, JC Williamson brought him back to Australia as the highest paid scene painter in the world.

The Bay of Naples curtain

The Bay of Naples is believed to be the only surviving theatre curtain by Philip Goatcher. It was painted in 1908 as a drop-canvas to complement the 'picture frame' stage at the Boulder Town Hall.

The curtain depicts a Neapolitan scene, with Mt Vesuvius in the background. This is possibly in recognition of the number of Italians working in the Eastern Goldfields at the time.

For more information call +61 8 9021 9600 or +61 8 9093 1087.

Broad Arrow Cemetery

Check out the cemetery and its headstones with the many illnesses and diseases that plagued the miners but no longer exist. 1km from the Broad Arrow township.

  • Historical Sites:Cemeteries

Details

  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Located 38km north of Kalgoorlie and 633km east of Perth, Broad Arrow Cemetery was once a thriving and successful gold mining town, known originally as Kurawah.

It is said that Broad Arrow changed its name in 1893 because a prospector, having found gold in the area, marked the route to the spot with a series of Broad Arrows. The gold rush started in 1893, the railway arrived (from Kalgoolie) and the town was gazetted in 1896, and the following year the municipality of Kurawah was formed.

Cannery Arts Centre

Located on the beautiful Esperance foreshore, the Cannery Arts Centre was built originally to be used as a Fish Cannery in 1949.

  • Galleries:Painting

Details

  • Open Days:Sunday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday

Description

After serving as a car yard, a dance hall and a youth centre it was renovated in 1984 to its present state. 

It is now a vibrant community arts centre delivering facilities, exhibitions, and workshops to the Esperance region and its visitors. The Cannery Arts Centre is a not-for-profit organisation run by a volunteer committee. This unique facility relies on fundraising, sponsorship and income from art sales and venue hire.

Cunderdin Museum

Arguably the central attraction in the Shire, you shouldn’t leave without visiting the Cunderdin Museum. Even if museum’s aren’t usually on your ‘to do’ list, make an exception – you won’t be disappointed

  • Museums:Farming,Local History
  • Open Days/times:10AM - 4PM

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

In 1974 the No 3 Pump Station was classified by the National Trust (WA) and in 1999 it was permanently entered on the Heritage Council of Western Australia’s State Register of Heritage Places. The following statement of significance was prepared by the Heritage Council of Western Australia:
“No 3 Pumping Station, a brick and corrugated iron building in a Federation industrial style, constructed to house a pumping station, has cultural heritage significance for the following reasons:
the place is of international importance as a key component of one of the greatest engineering and infrastructure schemes of the late nineteenth century, the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme, which was completed in 1903;
the place has rarity value as Australia’s greatest engineering scheme, and is the most tangible infrastructure result of the discovery of gold in Western Australia;
part of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme, the place was a key element in the pattern of social, demographic and economic development and resource exploitation in the State. The whole enterprise is an indication of the importance of gold to the regional and national economy at the end of the nineteenth century;
the place has important associations with Australian technological innovation, as well as social and political imagination and ambition. The place is associated with a number of notable figures including the scheme’s designer C. Y. O’Connor and Premier Sir John Forrest, as well as Director H. W. Venn and the architects and engineers of the Public Works Department;
the place has aesthetic value as a well designed purpose built industrial structure expressive of the public importance and ambition of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme; and,
the place has the potential to communicate its history and historical context and thus improve public understanding of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme.

Goldfields Exhibition Museum

Follow the history of Coolgardie and surrounds - its discovery, boom and eventual decline. It also features the biggest and most comprehensive collection of antique bottles and glassware in Australia.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:MON - FRI 9PM - 4PM, SAT & SUN 10AM - 3PM

Details

  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

Description

The museum is housed in Wardren's Court (circa 1898) which is also home to the Coolgardie Tourist Bureau. The large collection of antique glassware, the Waghorn Bottle & Curio collection has pieces that date back as far as 300 BC

Goldfields War Museum

Displays from the Boer War, WW1, WW2 and Vietnam featuring a collection of memorabilia. Includes photographs, military equipment and uniforms.

  • Museums:Local History,Military
  • Open Days/times:MON - FRI 10AM - 4PM, SUN 10AM - NOON

Details

  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Sunday

Description

The Goldfields War Museum houses a vast collection of war memorabilia from citizens of the Goldfields. Walk through the rotating displays and discover the significant involvement residents of the town played during the Boer War, WWI, WWII and Vietnam; this is an enriching experience for anyone with an interest in Australia’s history of warfare.  Examine photographs, documents and objects on display to gain an in-depth understanding of the wars.

In April 2010 a 5.2 magnitude earthquake struck Kalgoorlie-Boulder and as a result the Goldfields War Museum suffered extensive damage and was closed.  A small part of the exhibition has been relocated to the Kalgoorlie Town Hall – 1st Floor, corner of Hannan and Wilson Streets. Opening times are Monday to Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm. 

The City’s Local History Archives are also located on the 1st Floor of the Kalgoorlie Town Hall. Opening times Tuesday and Friday 9:00am – 12noon.

Gwalia Museum

Focus on the early history of the North Eastern Goldfields. Hear the story of Herbert Hoover who was Gwalia mine manager and future American President.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:9AM - 4PM

Details

  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

Description

Hood-Penn Museum

Westonia's Hood-Penn Museum is now open. The museum features a variety of scenes showcasing early life in the shire.

  • Open Days/times:Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm | Weekends 10am to 12pm
  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

The Hood-Penn Museum in Westonia is the result of a an extremely generous donation of a large historical collection from the Hood-Penn family who previously owned the Burracoppin Store.  The museum features a variety of scenes showcasing early life in the shire including a pub scene, a shop/hardware store scene, a petrol station/garage scene, a kitchen scene, a bedroom scene and a blacksmith/farm workshop scene.  Each scene also includes a realistic lifelike mannequin, complete with wrinkles and blemishes.

The museum also includes a vibrating mine tunnel that aims to replicate life in an early Westonian gold mine.  Visitors press a button upon entering the tunnel & then experience a three minute sequence of sound effects and physical vibrations that simulate blasts going off in the vicinity of the mine.  The sound effects also include a conversation between miners working in the mine. 

 Entry is $3 for adults and $1 for anyone under the age of 18 years.  The museum is open Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.30 pm (except on Public Holidays) via the Shire Office.  The museum is also open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 12pm. (Summer Holiday weekends open by appointment only.)

Kalgoorlie Town Hall

1908 building with theatre and extensive collection of memorabilia in the Council Chamber. Home to the original Paddy Hannan Statue.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

The Kalgoorlie Town Hall, located on the corner of Hannan and Wilson Streets, is one of the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder’s major landmarks. Built as a state-of-the-art theatre in 1908, this impressive Edwardian-styled building has many beautiful architectural features such as ornate pressed metal ceilings, chandeliers, sweeping staircase, fly tower with original theatre rigging, backstage area with 11 dressing rooms and extensive collection of art and memorabilia.

 

Laverton Outback Gallery

Laverton Outback Gallery showcases local art by the Wongi people from the lands of the North Eastern Goldfields extending into the Western Desert region.

  • Open Days/times:8am - 4pm
  • Galleries:Painting,Aboriginal,Art Gallery

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

Laverton Outback Gallery was established in 2002 to display, promote and sell authentic Aboriginal art on behalf of the people of the Laverton and Western Desert areas.The artists have connections to the land and share their stories through their making. 

 The gallery is run on a co-operative basis by a not-for-profit organisation. 

Merredin Military Museum

Most of the vehicles and equipment in the museum are from the Army, this is not intentional, but merely reflects that which is the most comonly found on farms in the area.

  • Museums:Military
  • Open Days/times:10am - 3pm, 7 days a week

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

The vehicles in the Museum don't just stay on display, most of them are fully operational and are taken out on parades, ANZAC day and rallies, Their ongoing maintenance and upkeep is born by the Museum. Although the Museum has a large collection of vehicles, we endeavor to tell the whole story of our defence forces. You will also find on display everything from a portable camp stove to a dentist chair, artillery to postcards sent home from the Western Front during WWI.

Merredin Railway Museum

Enjoy the architecture of the buildings dating from 1913, the G117 class steam locomotive circa 1987, the signal box housing 95 levers. Displays of Merredin's railway history. Photographic register of Pioneer women of the area. Also enjoy the attractive garden setting where you can feed goldfish in the ponds.

  • Museums:Local History,Motoring
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Sat 9AM - 3PM, Sun 11AM - 2PM

Details

  • Open Days:Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

Miniature Solider Museum

This amazing collection of over 10,000 handmade pieces are displayed in stills of great wars. See soldiers at war in jungles, deserts and the six metre long display of the 1953 Coronation of the Queen

  • Open Days/times:Daily 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Galleries:Sculpture

Details

  • Open Days:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday

Description

The toy solider collection was previously owned by Alex Smith who amassed the 10,000 toy soldiers over 60 years in displays depicting battles fought over hundreds of years. Also on display is a ball dress which was worn to the ball the night before the Battle of Waterloo.

There is also a section devoted to the Rabbit Proof Fence, showing its history in photographs and also telling the story of Norm Froome, who worked on the fence construction.

Monsignor Hawes Priest House Museum

  • Open Days/times:Jul 7 -Sep 30 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Museums:Local History,Other

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

During Fr Hawes tenure in Mullewa and once he had completed his Church of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, he set about planning for his own accommodation. In 1927 he commenced plans with the encouragement of his parishioners and Archbishop Clune of Perth , who wished for him to have improved living conditions.

By late 1930 the building was completed ready for use as a presbytery.

The building is a low cottage style with red Cordoba tiles, built from the same quarried stone as the church.

When entering through the large green door to the east of the building one can read the inscription in latin ‘Janus Patet Cor Magis’ which means ‘The door opens wide but my heart more so’.  As one walks through the building it has a warm cosy feel with a typically English style.

The main living room has an ingle nook fireplace and a lar and  the cement floors are covered with linoleum throughout.

The house is furnished with heavy dark timber typical of the time which was designed by Hawes and made by a Perth craftsman.

In 1986, during Hawes’s time as a student at the Arts and Crafts School, he won a prize for his plaster model of Donatello’s ‘Laughing Boy’.  This can be seen on the a shelf in the living area.  Also in the living area, situated on the large sideboard, is the silver cup which was presented to Hawes after he won a Yalgoo horse race on his horse ’Babs’.

During the 1970’s the priest house was no longer required as a presbytery and the Parish Council decided to set up the building as a Museum to Monsignor Hawes and his works.

The traveller will find many photographs, art works, books, vestments and items used by Hawes during his time in Mullewa.

Morawa District Historical Society

Morawa District Historical Society and Museum is a small volunteer group dedicated to preserving local town and agricultural history in Western Australia.

  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

The Morawa District Historical Society was first formed in May 1973, with its main objective of retaining a historical record of the district.

Relocation of the original Old Gaol and Courthouse, in 1975, from Stokes Road to its current position, in Prater Street, was one of the first projects undertaken. Unfortunately the original horse stables associated with this building had been removed.

The Old Gaol and Courthouse now forms the centrepiece of the Morawa Museum. The Museum houses a truly remarkable collection of windmills as well as examples of vintage farm machinery and equipment.

The windmill collection is renowned world wide and is the subject of The Windmill Journal a publication produced quarterly by the Morawa District Historical Society and distributed world wide.

Municipal Museum

The Municipal Museum is one of Western Australia's outstanding regional museums. Exhibits include the world's largest and most comprehensive Skylab display. Open Daily 1:30pm – 4:30pm.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings
  • Museums:Farming,Local History,Science

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday

Description

Museum of the Goldfields

Discover the unique role Kalgoorlie has played in WA’s development, both as a centre of mining and its place at the edge of the Nullarbor Plain, at the Museum of the Goldfields

  • Museums:State Museums,Local History,Mining

Details

  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

The Museum of the Goldfields showcases the rich history of the Eastern Goldfields and the city’s mining heritage.

Discover the unique role the town has played in WA’s development, both as a centre of mining and its place at the edge of the Nullarbor Plain.

Explore the largest display of the State’s collection of gold bars and nuggets, step back in time to see how prospectors searched for this precious metal, and learn about the life and hardships faced by mining families during the early 1900s.

Narembeen Historical Museum

Located in the Old Road Board building, near the Town Hall on Latham Rd, this museum contains a visual history of the district and includes photographs of early pioneer farming practices.

  • Open Days/times:Monday to Friday. For enquiries please call 08 9064 7308
  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

Family files are also kept here, it has proven to be a great source of information about our locals.

Narembeen History & Machinery Museum

Located on Savage Street, this museum contains an interesting mix of photos and antiques from our pioneers.

  • Open Days/times:Monday to Friday. For enquiries call 9064 7055
  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

Browse through the outdoor machinery museum displaying old farm machinery and farming implements.

Narrogin Old Courthouse Museum

The Narrogin Old Courthouse Museum in Narrogin is located in a charming historic building which was originally built as a government school in 1894. In 1905 it was converted into the local courthouse.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:Mon to Fri 10am to 4pm | Sat 10am to 12pm

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday

Description

It became the local branch of the Agricultural Bank between 1924 and 1945, but returned to its former use as a courthouse in 1970.

Check out the original magistrate's bench, prisoner's dock and witness stand as well as exhibits from Narrogin's doll and pottery factories, medical displays, early farming items and Aboriginal artefacts.

Designed by the prominent architect George Temple-Poole, the building is now a combined museum and craft shop.

Narrogin is a large Wheatbelt town which is a two hour drive south east of Perth.

Nungarin Heritage Machinery & Army Museum

The Nungarin Heritage Machinery and Army Museum is housed in an original, massive Army Vehicle Workshop building, constructed in Nungarin in 1942-43 as part of Australia’s defense in WWII.

  • Open Days/times:Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm
  • Museums:Local History,Military,Motoring

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

The huge building was part of the No.5 Base Ordnance Depot (5BOD) which was considered to be the largest storage facility for Army Ordnance in Western Australia at that time. Built at a total cost of approx. 10 million pounds it is believed to be the largest timber clad building in the southern hemisphere, featuring a distinctive saw tooth roof.
The Museum is run  by local volunteers and relies heavily on the support of the Shire of Nungarin and donations from the public to  maintain and expand exhibits. Many of the the items on display have been donated.

Ongerup & Needilup District Museum

The Ongerup Museum Started in 1978 in the Old Railway Barracks Building, then aquired a historic farmhouse on site which now houses a Native food & Medicine, and Local wildlife display.

  • Historical Sites:Farmhouses
  • Museums:Other

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

There is also an agricultural machinery shed with the local stories of the development of the local farming area, which is being upgraded this year.

Facilities:

2 x Toilets (suit disabled)
Other Shire facitilies nearby
Cafe', Motel, Caravan Park in town

Collection:

Local & Natural history
Local Native foods & medicine display

Pingelly Museum

The Pingelly Museum Group came together in March 2011 to document and preserve our local history and to get the local Museum, the Old Courthouse building on Parade Street, Pingelly to open to the pub

  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday

Description

The Pingelly Museum Group came together in March 2011 to document and preserve our local history and to get the local Museum,  the Old Courthouse building on Parade Street, Pingelly to open to the public. Consisting of volunteers, each person in the group has an individual interest in a particular area of history.  We also all possess a wicked sense of humour, so laugh while we work. Pingelly Museum has approximately 2000 items in the collection at the present time.  Along the way, we have added to our collection, with local residents and groups donating items to the museum.
 
Opening Hours.

10.00 am - 12.00 noon 
Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Admission Fee Applicable.

Website: http://pingellymuseum.weebly.com/

 

Ravensthorpe Historical Society

The Society was founded in 1970 with the aim of preserving, and recording the Shire's history, including objects, photos and archival material

  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:Tue - Sat 10AM - 4PM

Details

  • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday

Description

The Society was founded in 1970 with the aim of preserving and recording the Shire's history, including objects, photos and archival material. The main collection is housed in a purpose built facility on Morgans Street and in the original and renovated Dance Cottage. Displays are arranged by topics and recorded on the Mosaic™ database.

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