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Artlandish Aboriginal Art Gallery

Over 1000 of the finest Authentic Aboriginal Paintings, artefacts & gifts from more than 60 leading artists. Huge Online Gallery and Info Centre.

  • Open Days/times:Monday - Friday 9am – 4pm, Saturday 9am – 1pm
  • Galleries:Art Gallery,Aboriginal,Painting

Details

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

Description

Artlandish Aboriginal Art Gallery is one of the world’s largest aboriginal art galleries and is based in Kununurra, the gateway to the beautiful Kimberley region in Western Australia. They specialise in providing authentic Australian aboriginal art at exceptional prices.

All their artworks purchased online come with a 100 per cent money back guarantee so you can acquire artworks online with complete confidence. They supply certificates of authenticity with all artworks and excellent provenance is provided.

Artlandish supplies the highest quality Kimberley and desert artworks with more than 500 paintings on display in their gallery and over 1,000 online. They offer aboriginal paintings on canvas, linen and bark, as well as didgeridoos, boomerangs and many other aboriginal artefacts and gift items.

Specialising in the ochre Aboriginal Art of the East Kimberley, they also offer a huge range of Aboriginal Art from throughout Australia including Central/Western Desert, Utopia, Yuendumu and Arnhem Land regions.

Many of the Artists paint in house at the gallery and most days you will find several of the artists visiting or painting at the gallery.

For those that cannot make it to the gallery in Kununurra, there is a huge online Media Library on their website with many interviews with the artists as well as videos showing the artists painting these amazing artworks. There is also a vast Aboriginal Art informational library covering many different areas within the Aboriginal Art genre.

Artopia Gallery Kununurra

Artopia Gallery is committed to showcasing the work of Kimberley artists who are each unique and talented in their own right.

  • Galleries:Art Gallery,Public Art Gallery

Details

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

Description

The artists involved with the gallery use a variety of form across fine art, photography, sculpture and giftware. 

These original and rich works are a feast for the eyes. Whether you are looking to take a piece of the Kimberley home with you or for a haven to relax and share in the creativity of Artopia's artists, the experience created in Artopia Gallery is not one to be missed. 

Framing is also available onsite in the framing gallery. Chelsea is a skilled framer and can work with you to frame any piece of work, gallery bought or otherwise, incluidng jersey's, ornamental pieces and much more. 

Birdland Functional Art

Birdland Functional Art Gallery specialises in unique pottery, glass and jewellery made in the Kimberley.

  • Galleries:Ceramics,Craft,Jewellery,Pottery
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri 10am-4pm; Sat 10am-2pm

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

Description

Both a working studio and gallery, Birdland showcases pottery, glassware and a range of jewellery including silver, handmade lampwork beads, wood, resin and semi-precious stones. Many pieces are of a one-off or limited nature and all work can be easily packed to travel or for posting at your convenience.They galley opens year round.

Broome Historical Society Museum

Broome Historical Society Museum offers an insightful look into Broome’s diverse cultural history.

  • Open Days/times:May-September Mon-Fri: 10am-4pm Weekends: 10am-1pm | October-April 10am-1pm Everyday
  • Museums:Local History

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

Description

Take a walk through the charming 1890s former general store, which is now the town’s museum. Check out the well presented visual displays, photographs and artefacts to learn all about the history of Broome.

Find out about the town’s interesting pearling history which has developed into a world class export industry today. Learn about the terrifying Japanese attacks on Broome during World War II and the impact it had on the local residents and allies who had taken refuge there.

You will be intrigued by the tales of shipwrecks and missing diamonds which takes you on a journey of discovery into the development of a culture that has melded from a diversity of origins. Examine Aboriginal artefacts and memorabilia from the area and discover how the town of Broome became the first truly multicultural district in Australia.

Regarded as one of the best regional museums in Australia, it is located in the town centre of Broome which is a two and a half hour flight north of Perth. Check opening hours prior to visiting.

BroomeTime Accommodation and Art Gallery

BroomeTime offers a range of comfortable self-contained rooms, perfect for couples or families. And visit the art gallery's unique collection of traditional and contemporary Indigenous paintings.

  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Art Gallery
  • Open Days/times:7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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

Description

Originally built in 1984 from brick work produced by the former local Pindan brick factory, Broome Time Accommodation started out as Cable Beach Resort and has since undergone many identity changes.

Every room comes fully equipped with a kitchen, coffee making facilities, refrigerator, utensils and dinnerware to make dinnertime a breeze should you just want a night in. You can also relax in air-conditioned comfort, with additional ceiling fans, a flat-screen TV and complimentary WiFi so you can keep up with the world.

In 2014, BroomeTime Art Gallery was opened to support local talent and provide a unique offering to guests staying at BroomeTime. 

The gallery features a wide variety of Kimberley art, traditional and contemporary Indigenous paintings and artefacts, wood and boab nut carvings, hand crafted didgeridoos, books and gifts. It is a terrific opportunity to purchase unique and beautiful artworks directly from the artist, and hear the stories associated with the works.

Dalgety House Museum

Situated in the old Dalgety and Co manager's house, this charming historical museum is run by volunteers, all who are long-term locals of Port Hedland.

  • Open Days/times:Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Galleries:Painting,Photography
  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

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

Description

Port Hedland's origins aren't in mining as some may think; in fact, Port Hedland started out as a port town (hence the name!). One of the key players was Dalgety and Co and the current Dalgety House Museum was the company manager's residence. It has since been transformed into a historical interactive museum managed by the dedicated volunteers of the Port Hedland Historical Society.

Dalgety House Museum provides an opportunity to gain an insight into the impact that white settlement had on the Kariyarra Aboriginal people of the Pilbara. Explore the extensive collection of artefacts & documentation presented in the enlightening displays, complete with photographs, throughout the house.

Don Rhodes Mining Museum Park

  • (08) 9173 1711

The Don Rhodes Mining and Transport Museum is a public park in Port Hedland, Western Australia, with an open air display of retired mining machinery and railway rollingstock.

  • Open Days/times:Park open all hours
  • Museums:Local History,Mining

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Description

Located on Wilson Street, which links the town with the Great Northern Highway and North West Coastal Highway, the museum faces Nelson Point Yard, the northern terminus of the Mount Newman railway.Located on Wilson Street, which links the town with the Great Northern Highway and North West Coastal Highway, the museum faces Nelson Point Yard, the northern terminus of the Mount Newman railway.

Durack Homestead Museum

The magnificent homestead was originally built in 1895 by the Durack family on Argyle Downs Station. The famous Durack family home became known as one of the social gathering places of the Kimberley.

  • Open Days/times:April - September
  • Galleries:Mixed Media
  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Farmhouses

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Description

Constructed of handcrafted limestone blocks with crushed termites mounds used as mortar, it was a magnificent building for its time.

During the early 1970’s a decision was made to remove the homestead before Lake Argyle began to fill in order to preserve this magnificent building for all time.

The homestead was dismantled stone by stone with every stone coded in such a way so as to be able to be rebuilt with every stone back in its original position.

The homestead now lives on as a museum dedicated to the pioneering spirit of the Durack Family. The Historic Durack Homestead Museum is operated by the Kununurra Visitor Centre and is open to the public daily from April to September. For further enquiries or out of season viewings please contact the Visitor Centre on (08) 9168 1177 or by email: [email protected]

Note: small fee payable upon entry to museum grounds

Imintji Campground and Art Centre

This shady wilderness camp ground has wonderful views of the escarpment and is well situated to explore nearby natural attractions and spectacular King Leopold range.

  • Open Days/times:From May to October.
  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Art Gallery

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

Description

Once an important rest point for bullock drivers on the Gibb River Road, Imintji is once again a welcome stop-over for Kimberley travelers The newly refurbished campgrounds offer modern amenities and is a great base to explore the Kimberley region from. 

Also visit the Imintji Art Centre while staying at the campground which has a range of art and crafts created by local artists.

Kimberley Ornamental Stonecraft

Situated in the east Kimberley town of Kununurra, Stonecraft displays unique hand carved Kimberley stone including Zebra stone.

  • Open Days/times:9am-4pm
  • Galleries:Ceramics

Details

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

Description

Kimberley Ornamental Stonecraft carve local stone, including the very rare zebra stone. In fact, the Kimberley is the only place in the world where the stone is found. Stop by and to see this unique stone coupled with exquisite craftmanship.

Kununurra Museum

In 2017 visit Kununurra Museum to see the Wirraway-Challenge Display or view it on YouTube (link below)

  • Museums:Military,Local History

Details

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

Description

March 20th 2017 will mark 75 years since the forced landing of Wirraway A20-62, on the far north Kimberley NT-border coastal saltmarsh after engine failure over the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf. From an East Kimberley at war, comes a story of survival of two RAAF 12 Squadron pilots who force-landed Wirraway A20-62 on March 20th 1942, and subsequent rescue by Charlie Pretlove and four Aboriginal stockmen form Carlton Hill Station.

In 2005 (on March 20th : ) when we got the pilot, Lew Dwyer to Kununurra to open the display, he was pleased to meet descendants of those Aboriginal stockmen who had gone out on horseback to rescue them. The rescuers in 1942 were Waddi Boyoi (Head Stockman), his brother Joe, Grant Njabidg [and George Carlton]. Just weeks after Darwin's first air-raid, this was the same day as air-raids on Broome and Derby, so their forced-landing may have been a blessing in disguise, as their mission to Drysdale (River Mission), may have meant an encounter with the enemy.

March 20th - 'Wirraway-Challenge' Day (annually) at the Kununurra Museum, run by the Kununurra Historical Society. [Wirraway means Challenge!]

Read more and see the 8 x part (DVD) - as digital videos from the Kununurra Museum YouTube Channel now embedded on the KHS 'Wirraway-Challenge' page

http://www.kununurra.org.au/research/wirraway-challenge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_z4-bX6AkA 

Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency

Mangkaja Arts represents artists across four language groups within the Fitzroy Valley region. The coming together of both river and desert people gives Mangkaja Arts its unique range of styles.

  • Open Days/times:11am - 4pm
  • Galleries:Painting,Aboriginal,Print Making,Art Gallery

Details

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

Description

The art centre is located in the centre of Fitzroy Crossing and functions as a fine art gallery, specialty store and a studio space for the artists to paint and make cultural artefacts.

Mangkaja artists are renowned for their uninhibited style and lively use of colour in their painted images of country that share stories of culture and identity. They also enjoy other mediums including printmaking, traditional artifact making, carving, and basket weaving.

Marble Bar Museum

In 2015 the Tourist Association established the local Museum located in the old government building.

  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri: 9 - 4pm | Sat - Sun: 9am - 12pm
  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

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

Description

The museum houses relics collections etc. that are relevant to the area. The collection is constantly being added to and is definitely worth a look.

Marnin Studio

Marnin Studio is a therapeutic healing space where women come to create, learn and develop products that reflect the artist’s deep knowledge of the local environment, culture and community.

  • Open Days/times:9am - 4pm
  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Artist Studio

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

Description

‘Marnin’ means women in Walmajarri language as the studio is driven by the vision of local Bunuba, Gooniyandi, Wankatjunka, Walmajarri and Nykina women. Through this social enterprise model, the women have the opportunity to reach financial stability through the sale of their products. 

Marnin Studio continues to grow and connect women through the creation of exquisite pieces sold on a local and national level. 

Martumili Artists

Martumili Artists was established by Martu people living in the communities of Parnpajinya (Newman), Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu, Kunawarritji, Irrungadji and Warralong.

  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri -10am to 4pm | Sat: 10am - 2pm
  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Art Gallery

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

Description

The gallery draws on strong influences of aboriginal art history. The artists and their families are the traditional custodians of vast stretches of the Great Sandy, Little Sandy and Gibson Deserts as well as the Karlamilyi (Rudall River) area. 

Martumili Artists Gallery

Martumili Artists was established by Martu people living in the communities of Parnpajinya (Newman), Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu, Kunawarritji, Irrungadji and Warralong to showcase their art.

  • Open Days/times:Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm
  • Galleries:Painting,Aboriginal,Art Gallery

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

Description

<p> The artists and their families are the traditional custodians of vast stretches of the Great Sandy, Little Sandy and Gibson Deserts as well as the Karlamilyi (Rudall River) area.  Most Martu people maintain an entirely independent, nomadic desert lifestyle until the 1950s and 1960s when they walked into settlements in response to a long and severe drought.  Today, Martu people live in their own communities and regularly visit regional centres such as Newman and Port Hedland.</p>

Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre

Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre offers an authentic cultural experience of Kimberley Indigenous art and culture, featuring Wandjina and Gyorn Gyorn paintings unique to the area.

  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Painting,Art Gallery
  • Open Days/times:Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday - Sunday 10am - 3pm (Dry Season: May to October)

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

Description

Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre - Spirit of the Wandjina “Every race of people has a culture to follow. If you lose your culture you are floating. Lost. The artists are strong, but they know it is their job to pass on their knowledge to young people – to keep the spirit of the Wandjina alive.”(Donny Woolagoodja, artist, elder, Chairman of Mowanjum Artists Spirit of the Wandjina Aboriginal Corporation]

“Wandjinas are our supreme spiritual beings. During Lailai or creation time we believe the Wandjinas created the earth and all living things. The stories of their actions during Lailai are the law and culture of our country. When Wandjinas are painted their spirit is renewed, and their stories are re-lived. Painting Wandjinas reconnects us to the Law. During Lailai the first people were Gyorn Gyorns and they lacked true understanding until the Wandjina taught them Law. The Gyorn Gyorn paintings are there in the rock and sometimes Wandjinas are painted alongside. The Wandjinas created everything and blessed the country with child spirits or what we call Unguds. These spirits live in rock pools and sacred places back in our country. Everyone from the three tribes has an Ungud and a dreaming place. Having created the world, the Wandjinas then painted themselves into cave walls in our countries. The Wandjinas are now here in everything, in the rocks, plants, animals, water, sea, sky and ocean, in all of existence. Our culture IS the Wandjina.” [Leah Umbagai and Kirsty Burgu, artists 2010]

To the Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal people, from the Mowanjum community outside Derby, Western Australia, the Wandjina is the supreme spirit being. These three language groups are the traditional owners of the lands lying to the north of Derby and often move between Mowanjum and communities in their homelands, where they look after their country and instruct young people in cultural matters. They have distinct languages but share a complex relationship and marriage system which means the web of mutual obligation and responsibility [wunan] is understood and practised across the region. They also share a vast knowledge of the animals and plants of the west Kimberley. But the greatest factor which unifies the people is the sharing of beliefs about the Wandjina whose images are found in rock shelters throughout their land. 

Worrorra lands are located along the coastal areas, including Cone Bay, Secure Bay, Walcott Inlet and the lower reaches of the Prince Regent River. To the east lie the Ngarinyin lands which extend in a north easterly direction from King Leopold Ranges to the Gibb River Rd. The Wunumbal country lies north of the Prince Regent River, although some traditional owners live at Kandiwal on the Mitchell Plateau and at Kalumburu.
 
The Mowanjum artists are creating images of stories that have been passed down through generations over a period of 100 centuries or more. They believe in the Wandinjas just as strongly today as their ancestors did soon after Lailai.
Today, thanks to the efforts of Mowanjum elders and artists, the Wandjina culture continues to evolve through the sharing of art and stories with the wider community, and as the Mowanjum children rediscover their own beliefs and heritage. 50 children from Mowanjum performed recently in the annual Festival held each July.“The annual Mowanjum Festival is an event we really look forward to. Passing culture onto the next generation through traditional song, dance and art, is the strong foundation of the community. All the work artists make at Mowanjum helps to connect us with our distant homelands. The spirit of the Wandjina is alive and strong at Mowanjum.” Leah Umbagai 2010

This generosity of spirit has changed many people who have come into contact with the Mowanjum Community, allowing them to experience an incredible journey of discovery and giving them a deeper understanding and appreciation of the richness of this ancient Indigenous culture. Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre welcomes more than 20,000 visitors every year. Mowanjum Festival is held in July each year, in the first week of the Western Australian school holidays.

Open Mon to Fri Oct to April, and daily from May to September
Closed from Xmas to end Jan

 

Old Derby Gaol

Gaol dating back to 1906 adjacent to current police station. A great insight into how prisoners were treated in the early days of settlement.

  • Historical Sites:Prisons

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Description

Old Goods Shed Museum

The Old Goods Shed Museum also houses Onslow Visitor Centre and it’s worth spending some time here to see its collection of old machinery, rolling stock and memorabilia.

  • Open Days/times:Monday to Sunday 9.00am - 2.00pm. The centre is open from April (Easter time) to 31 October.
  • Galleries:Painting,Photography,Art Gallery
  • Museums:Local History

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

Description

The first building in the old Onslow townsite was a goods shed, warehouse and store. In 1904, this building burnt down and a replacement structure was built and connected to the sea jetty by tramway. The new shed included a Bond Store, and a lookout tower was added in 1910. In 1925 the building was dismantled and transported by camel train to the new townsite.

When reconstructed at Beadon Point the Goods Shed was extended, with a further extension in 1953, and refurbished after cyclone damage in the 1960s. Today, the goods loading platform houses a display of railway rolling stock including the 1928 petrol locomotive, which was part of the Onslow tramway system. More rolling stock is located in the railyard alongside the Goods Shed and inside you will find fascinating displays on Onslow’s early years and important events in the town such as the many cyclones that have hit this stretch of coast, and the bomb that fell on Onslow during WWII.

Pearl Luggers Museum

Discover Broome’s turbulent past as a frontier town built on the lure of the lustrous pearl at this museum, which features beautifully restored pearl luggers.

  • Open Days/times:9.30am to 5pm

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

Description

Dive deep into Broome’s fascinating pearling history at the Pearl Luggers Museum, an expansive collection of diving artefacts situated on a replica tidal jetty. Learn about Broome’s early history, when the news of the riches of this frontier town spread around the world and enticed migrants to its shores. You’ll also hear dark tales of peril beneath the water’s surface.

Begin your learning experience at the Pearl Luggers Museum with a tour. You’ll see two magnificently restored original pearl luggers overlooking the mangrove-dotted Dampier Creek, where the hunt for the South Sea pearls began in the late 19th century. A knowledgeable guide will take you on a journey through history with an informative presentation and you will also see a short documentary that features rare archival footage from 1949.

During the tour, the pearling industry’s dark secrets, including the use of enslaved indigenous divers in the 19th century, will be revealed. Find out about the diverse nationalities who flocked to Broome with hopes to make their riches overnight and found a dangerous trade in a wild boomtown. Hundreds of divers were killed while working in the depths of Roebuck Bay. The divers’ legacies live on, however, as the multicultural influence of the Chinese, Japanese, Malay, Filipino and Pacific Islanders made Broome into the culturally rich town it is today.

 

Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery

In 2007 The Town of Port Hedland signed an agreement with FORM, to manage the operations of the Courthouse Gallery.

  • Galleries:Painting,Photography,Aboriginal,Art Gallery
  • Open Days/times:Monday - Friday 9am - 4.30pm, Saturday 9am - 3pm

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  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday
  • SCOOP ADMIN ONLY:FORM

Description

At FORM, we believe that the application of creativity to our everyday lives, be it our natural environment or built environment, our cities, our towns, our very way of life, has the power to transform and generate the vibrancy that we as human beings create and are undeniably attracted to.

We are in Port Hedland in partnership with BHP Billiton Iron Ore to contribute to the sustainable development of Port Hedland.

The Courthouse Gallery provides a comprehensive exhibition and public program which is designed to offer value across the community.

For further information on FORM and our many exciting programs and initiatives, please contact us on (08) 9226 2799 or [email protected], or visit www.form.net.au

Roebourne Art Group

The West Pilbara's preeminent indigenous art centre featuring contemporary Australian Aboriginal art.

  • Open Days/times:9am - 1pm or by appointment
  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Art Gallery

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

Description

Located in Western Australia’s remote northwest 1500 kilometres north of Perth, Roebourne Art Group represents Ngarluma, Yindjibarndi, Guruma, Banjyima, Marthuthunira and Torres Strait Islander artists.

RAG is an Aboriginal community controlled and governed representative body and resource centre for artists throughout the region.

Hours are sometimes subject to change. Please call ahead to make sure that the gallery is open. 

Short St. Gallery

Short St. Gallery is the premier and longest running Indigenous art gallery located in the heart of Chinatown in Broome. It is an old building (over 100 years) and is the last remaining house with a wind tunnel.

  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Painting

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Description

Short St. Gallery is the premier and longest running Indigenous art gallery located in the heart of Chinatown in Broome. It is an old building (over 100 years) and is the last remaining house with a wind tunnel. It is an important part of the Aboriginal, Malay & Japanese history in Broome. The building has been operating as a gallery since 1998, and houses a comprehensive collection of indigenous contemporary artworks, presenting artists from all over Australia. We are the only member of the ACGA (Australian Commerical Galleries Association) in Broome.

Short St Gallery is also the agent for the Yulparija Artists from Bidyadanga, including Daniel Walbidi, Weaver Jack, Alma Webou, Donald Moko, Mary Meribida, Sally (Liki) Nanii, Bertha Linty, Jan Billycan, Margaret Baragurra, Lydia Balbal and many others. We also represent the following art centres in the Kimberly, Waringarri, Warmun, Warlayirti (Balgo), Mangkaja (Fitzroy Crossing), in the Pilbara Martumili. While in the APY and NG lands and Western Desert we represent Tjungu Palya, Spinifex Art Project, Ninuku Arts, Warakurna Arts, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Ernabella Arts, Mimili Maku, Tjala Arts, Kayili Artists, Papulankutja Artists and Papunya Tula. In Arhemland we represent Buku-Larringay Mulka (Yirrkala) and Maningrida Arts, while in Tiwi Islands, we represent Jilamara, Tiwi Design and Ngaruwanajirri.

The gallery seeks to educate and proudly show the stylistic diversity of the different cultures which make up the Kimberley and Australia. From the saltwater to the freshwater, to the desert people, Short St. offers a glimpse at the extremely sophisticated dynamic landscape which is Australian art.

We wish to thank and acknowledge the contribution of the art centres who have provided many of the artist biographies and artwork stories. Short Street Gallery endeavours to purchase indigenous artworks from established and reputable community owned Art Centres. This ensures that artists are paid the market value for their work and the integrity and reputation of the artist is respected. 

Sisters of St John of God Heritage Centre

The Sisters of St John of God were founded in Ireland in 1871 and are an apostolic religious congregation of women. In 1907 nine Sisters arrived in Beagle Bay Mission, lead by Sr Antonio O’Brien, to minister to Aboriginal women and children. They responded to whatever works needed to be done and so commenced teaching, nursing, training of the older girls and a wide range of domestic duties.

  • Museums:Aboriginal,Local History

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The Sisters of St John of God were founded in Ireland in 1871 and are an apostolic religious congregation of women.
 
In 1907 nine Sisters arrived in Beagle Bay Mission, lead by Sr Antonio O’Brien, to minister to Aboriginal women and children.  They responded to whatever works needed to be done and so commenced teaching, nursing, training of the older girls and a wide range of domestic duties.
 
In 1908 Sr Antonio, together with Sr Benedict Courtney, came by lugger to Broome with the intention of trying to establish a convent.  They had no money but were greatly assisted by the donation of a one room cottage near the church and some basics such as bedding provided by the Japanese and Chinese merchants.  Again they responded to needs and started St Mary’s School, took on nursing duties and taught music among other things.  They were soon accepted in Broome by all races and classes of people.
 
The story of these early years has been told in the film Sisters, Pearls & Mission Girls which has been made into a DVD.    Another form of the story was written by Pat Jacobs, historian and author, in two essays published in the book Living on the Kimberley Pearling Coast: Sisters of St John of God in the Early Twentieth Century. Both are available from the Old Convent Shop. 
 
Over the remaining years the Sisters branched out undertaking a number of ventures in Lombadina and Derby, then further afield to the desert community of Balgo Hills Mission and later to the La Grange Mission (now Bidyadanga Community) south of Broome.
 
In 2007 the Sisters celebrated one hundred years of ministry in the Kimberley. 

Tai Jin House

This grand colonial building was once the home of the British Administrator of Christmas Island.

  • Open Days/times:Daily 12pm to 3pm

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

Description

Perched atop a sea cliff, Tai Jin House offers splendid views over Flying Fish Cove and the vast Indian Ocean.

It is now home to a fascinating museum telling the story of Christmas Island’s past.

The beautiful gardens of Tai Jin House are a popular spot for community events or just soaking up the gorgeous vistas.

You can walk to Tai Jin House from Territory Day Park. Continue past the house to see the naval gun and buildings that were set up to defend Christmas Island during World War II.

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Pop-up Globe, the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of Shakespeare’s theatre, is finally coming to Perth.  After performing to...
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