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Museums in Golden Outback

Museums in Australias Golden Outback


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Balladonia Museum

Inside the Balladonia Hotel/Motel complex. An interactive audio-visual look at the history ancient geological formation of the region, the Aboriginal culture and early European history.

  • Museums:Aboriginal,Local History,Natural History

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

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Find out about the Aboriginal people that have always lived in the area, the pastoralists, Afghan cameleers and the construction of the Eyre Highway. Hear the story of the crashlanding of NASA's Skylab in 1979.

Ben Prior's Park

An open-air-conditioned museum that commemorates the late Ben Prior who was a collector of interesting and eclectic things.

  • Museums:Other

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

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Berkshire Mill Museum

The museum captures the significant elements of the earliest settlement in the Moora area, dating back to the 19th century.

  • Museums:Farming,Local History
  • Historical Sites:Farmhouses

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Description

The flour mill located on the Berkshire Valley Farm is but one element in a locaiton demonstrating a diverstiy of agricultural and land based pursuits and occupations. The farm is undoubetdly a comprehensive example of a farm settlment, clearly depecting way of life, skills, and innovation of the time.

Bruce Rock Museum & Machinery Museum

Bruce Rock celebrated its Centenary in 2013 with a community project that records the history of the district, its people, farming and business enterprises and social life. The Centenary Pathway is bordered by a mosaic slab wall stretching the length of the main Street created by residents proud of their heritage.

  • Museums:Farming,Local History,Motoring

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

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A farming town, Bruce Rock produces crops of wheat, barley, lupin and peas. Sheep, pigs and goats are also farmed in the area.
 
Bruce RockThe Bruce Rock Museum comprises of a historical display in the restored Bank with adjoining reconstructions of an original one-roomed school, a typical mud brick settlers hut and a blacksmiths shop. An arts and crafts centre is located in the main street displaying a wide variety of work by local artists. A new Art Gallery The Old Club Gallery features work by Wheatbelt Artists. Located in the main street is the Federation Amphitheatre, designed and built by the local community. A performance or function setting, the amphitheatre has an adjoining sculpture park offering visitors a peaceful stroll around the interesting garden.
 
Bruce Rock celebrated its Centenary in 2013 with a community project that records the history of the district, its people, farming and business enterprises and social life.  The Centenary Pathway is bordered by a mosaic slab wall stretching the length of the main Street created by residents proud of their heritage.
 
The nearby bank at Shackleton is said to be Australia’s smallest bank and is also worth a look.
 
Kokerbin Rock, located 45 kilometres west of the town, is an immense granite outcrop. It is the third largest monolith in Australia and is recognized as an interesting unspoilt spot for flora and fauna study. It covers 9 hectares and is 122m high with interesting formations, caves and a deep well on the western side. From the summit you can enjoy spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. To protect the fragile environment of Kokerbin Rock, camping facilities are now available at the historic townsite of Kwolyin 9kms south. Toilets, campers kitchen, BBQ and covered seating areas available.

Corrigin Pioneer Museum

  • (08) 9063 2246

Housing the history of our days gone by, a worthwhile visit whilst in Corrigin.

  • Museums:Farming,Local History

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  • Open Days:Wednesday,Sunday

Description

View the collection of tools and restored farm machinery, including tractors in working order, see the blacksmiths shop, the one room school, the shearing shed, old district photographs, clothing and other pioneer memorabilia. The Pioneer Memorial Wall at the entrance to the Museum commemorates early settlers. Please call in for a visit, you will be surprised!

Courthouse Museum Yalgoo

The historic Courthouse Museum Yalgoo provides an interesting look at the town's goldrush heritage.

  • Museums:Local History

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Description

Wander through the rooms which contain displays that depict life in Yalgoo when it was founded in the 1890s after the discovery of gold.

Inspect photographs and old household items which have been extremely well preserved. Learn about the excitement of the goldrush days and take time to inspect the old courthouse building.

Stroll next door to the well preserved Old Yalgoo Police Station and Jail. Have a look at how small the cells were for prisoners in the late 1800s.

If Hawes fascinating work is of interest, the town of Yalgoo forms part of the four day self-drive Monsignor John Hawes Heritage Trail which explores 15 of his churches.

Yalgoo is a six hour drive north of Perth, or two hours east of Geraldton.

Ticket Information:

Child $3 | Adult $6 | Family $15

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

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

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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.

Dowerin District Museum

A visit to the Dowerin District Museum offers a unique view of how settlers lived in a genuine cottage with furnishings from 1915- 1930's

  • Museums:Local History

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  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

The stories of number 16 Cottrell Street and its inhabitants are rich accounts of life in Wheatbelt WA during the first half of the 20th century offering a unique and compelling vision of family and business life at that time. The building itself is a very authentic weatherboard and iron-roofed cottage, constructed in 1915 by Eugene O’Shaughnessy the local Saddler and Harness Maker. Complete with many of its original features the cottage was purchased for the Museum Committee by the Dowerin & Goomalling Apex Club and is now vested within the Shire of Dowerin.

Esperance Museum

The Esperance Museum is an attraction to both locals and visitors to Esperance. It offers a glimpse into the history of Esperance and how the region has grown over the years.

  • Museums:Local History

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

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The Esperance Museum houses a unique collection of memorabilia dating back to the 1800s. See a range of interesting feature displays covering the region's early pioneering history, maritime exhibits and farm machinery.

Be sure to check out the world's most comprehensive display of NASA Skylab memorabilia. Skylab was America's first space station which plummeted to the earth in 1979, landing to the northeast of Esperance.

The Esperance Museum is located in the old goods shed of what was the town's original railway marshalling yards. The old building, constructed soon after the turn of the century, is a significant icon in itself, a highlight being its magnificent old beams.

View the extensive range of historical photographs, the locomotive engine, a circa 1820 piano, along with an assortment of gear and life boat from the ship `Sanko Harvest' which is the largest dive wreck off the Australian coast.

Esperance is a one and a half hour flight or an eight hour drive south of Perth.

Ticket Information:

Child (Under 16) $3.50 | Concession $6.50 | Adult $8.50 | Family (2 Adults/2 Childrean) $20

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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Hainsworth Museum

The Hainsworth Museum was commissioned by Charles Hainsworth, its first owner, and was built by Ted Freeland, originally a ships carpenter, during 1933/34 as a general store and tearooms.

  • Museums:Local History

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  • Open Days:Thursday

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The building operated as a General store from 1934 until 1972 and operated with several owners during that period.

The building continues to act as the Newdegate Pioneer Museum and a community facility.

Hood-Penn Museum

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

  • Museums:Local History

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  • 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.)

Katanning Historical Museum

This lovely old building is the original Katanning government school on the corner of Taylor and Cove Streets and now houses the Katanning Historical Museum.

  • Museums:Local History

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  • Open Days:Sunday

Description

Built in 1899, the museum is full of interesting artefacts and quaint memorabilia along with some fascinating records of Katanning’s early history.

The Katanning Museum and Heritage Society volunteers have been the driving force in rescuing and preserving some of our most treasured and irreplaceable memories.

Katanning lies at the heart of the Great Southern region providing the residents and surrounding communities with a commercial, cultural and political centre. Long before European settlers began grazing sheep in the district in 1840 the fertile plains provided the local Aboriginal tribe, known as Noongars, with abundant food and water.

With the opening of the Great Southern Railway in 1889 Katanning attracted settlers for both commercial and agricultural ventures. The most prominent being Frederick Piesse, who became the first Chairman of the Katanning Road Board in 1892.

Koorda Motor And Military Museum

The Koorda Motor & Military Museum houses an array of military collections and vintage cars to browse through.

  • Museums:Military,Motoring

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  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

The Motor and Military Museum has an extensive private collection of motor, garage and military memorabilia from original classic and muscle cars, models and military displays from the Boer War to Afghanistan.

You can browse through the array of historic artefacts or sit down for a cuppa and enjoy being immersed in the history that surrounds you.

Koorda Museum

The Koorda Museum is well worth a visit. The Museum houses local artefacts and collection of historical papers of the district's history.

  • Museums:Local History

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  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

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The building was a former hospital and contains special exhibits of hospital equipment. It was also used as a school hostel and then the police station for a time. Displays are  set out as the following rooms: hospital room, map and history room, parlour, kitchen crockery display, laundry display, farm workshop with old farm machinery, and police lockup no. 4.

Kulin Museum (Butlers Garage)

Butlers Garage houses the Kulin Museum which contains an impressive collection of vintage cars, farm equipment and machinery.

  • Museums:Local History,Motoring

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  • Open Days:Saturday

Description

Butlers Garage is a significant piece of Kulin’s Heritage, particularly that’s associated with the development of the agricultural industry and thus the identity of the region.  The architecture of the building is a fine example of construction during the Depression years. During the mid 1920's WM Butler & Co of Wickepin established a machinery agency business in Kulin. In the late 1920's WH (Bill) Butler (WM's son) established in Kulin and took over the agency, developing it further with the construction of the garage on this site. The agencies functioned continuously right up until 1994. The garage has been restored and houses the Kulin Museum. The Museum is currently open on a Saturday morning from 8.30am – 12pm. If the museum is closed please contact (08) 9880 1024 to arrange a visit.

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

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

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

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

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Monsignor Hawes Priest House Museum

  • Museums:Local History,Other

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

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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:Farming,Local History

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  • 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.

Mount Magnet Mining And Pastoral Museum

The Mount Magnet Mining and Pastoral Museum exhibits a vast collection of artefacts and photographs from the town’s rich past.

  • Museums:Farming,Mining

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Description

Countless voluntary hours and more than twenty five years has been dedicated, by members of the Mount Magnet Historical Society, to collect, restore and preserve this unique collection.

Now on permanent display, the museum provides an insight into early pastoral (since 1878) and goldmining activities (since 1891) which make up the Murchison region's history. Insight is also given into a rapidly vanishing way of outback life.

The original Boogardie State Battery has been rebuilt on the museum site and, with other relics, is a must-see for tourists and residents of the region alike

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:Local History,Mining,State Museums

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

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 Grain Discovery Centre

Adjacent to the Narembeen Roadhouse (entry through the Roadhouse) is a modern, interpretive centre focusing on grain growing in Western Australia.

  • Museums:Farming,Local History

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

Description

Learn more about farming in Narembeen as you wander through the centre. Browse at the brilliant visual and interpretive displays as you discover some of the history and future of grain growing in Narembeen.

Exhibits include a 1950s farm house kitchen, a ‘humpy’, a grain stack, an interactive CBH area with weighbridge and hut, displays on the future of farming and a supermarket showing end products, like breakfast cereals and bread. The centre also has an interactive agribusiness section, an export area detailing the journey of grain from farm paddock to overseas markets and displays on the future of farming.

Entry is via gold coin donation.

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