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Connor's Mill

Connor's Mill on Toodyay's main street is open seven days a week, with displays of working milling machinery and agricultural history.

  • Museums:Farming,Local History
  • Open Days/times:10AM - 3.30PM

Details

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

Description

Connor's Mill is accessed through the Toodyay Visitors Centre next door.

There are three floors to explore, with the top two being accessible by stairs. Interpretations tell of the use of the building first as a flour mill, then as a power house and lastly as a tourist information centre.

On the ground floor is the 1940s era Brotherhood steam engine that once generated power for the local Industrial Extracts factory, which extracted tannin from timber. Today the engine is powered by an electrical motor, and cut-out sections display the moving pistons inside.

The Brotherhood engine is connected by a series of pulleys operating the historic milling machinery on the floor above.

On the top floor more milling equipment is on display, along with artefacts and information about other historical agricultural activities from the area, including pastoralism, honey, viticulture, timber and Ballardong Noongar practises.

Dead Finish Museum

Operated by the Beverley Historical Society, this museum will give you a fascinating insight into the early days of settlement in Beverley and has a lovely garden featuring sandalwood.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:MAR - NOV

Details

  • Open Days:Sunday

Description

The Beverley Historical Society was formed by volunteers in 1977 to foster the safe keeping and promotion of Beverley`s Heritage. The society operates from the Dead Finish Museum in Hunt Road Beverley.
As the oldest building in Beverley, the “Wheatsheaf Inn” was built by Alfred Smith in 1872.
It now houses a very fine collection of artifacts depicting life in Beverley since settlement in 1831.
Our current major display is the “REMEMBERING THEM EXHIBITION” – a wonderful centenary tribute to all those Beverley people who served or helped with the World War I effort.

Open Sundays, between March and November or by arrangement with the committee. Please contact Joy 0427 411 881, Maree (08) 9646 1149 or Delys (08) 9646 1075. For all other enquiries email [email protected].

The Historical Society is always looking for new volunteers to assist them in their efforts.

Goomalling Schoolhouse Museum

  • (08) 9629 1185

Visit the Goomalling Schoolhouse Museum for a glimpse of local history.

  • Open Days/times:First Saturday of the month, and by appointment.
  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

Description

There is a display of old machinery, a rare windmill, plus a school room and adjacent school master’s residence restored to reflect the 1900-1940 era.

The museum was officially opened in 1978 and is located on Throssell Street next to the swimming pool, and consists of:

  • The 1906 headmasters’ house consists of rooms decorated in the style of the era with an external laundry room. It also houses the Roads Board conference table and chairs, and framed photographs of many of the Roads Board members.
  • The re-sited Konnogorring one-teacher school, which operated between 1925 and 1973/74, has been restored and furnished to typify the local and isolated schools which were scattered throughout country districts. The school museum mural, completed in 2008 by Roy Smith, was designed and painted to give some insight into school days during the time of one teacher schools.
  • The shed features old and rare machinery and equipment from the area such as a clover harvester, rabbit eradication paraphernalia, blacksmithing equipment and one of the best windmill head collections in the Wheatbelt.
  • A transportable room was added in 2013 to house the telecommunication and various other collections.
  • A 1950’s Austin school bus and a century old wooden wagon, used for carting wheat locally, are also part of the collection housed within the museum precinct.
     

New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery

New Norcia is Australia’s only monastic town and has a unique heritage. Founded in 1847 by Spanish Benedictine Monks, the town has had many purposes; a mission, a monastery, a provider of education and now as a place of spiritual retreat.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings
  • Museums:Local History

Details

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

Description

Over a series of interconnecting galleries, a mixture of significant artworks, furniture, objects and personal effects tell the surprising, complex story of Australia’s only monastic town. Founded in 1847 by Spanish monks the site has been a large, imaginative mission for Aboriginal peoples, the centre of a vast pastoral enterprise, a place of education for both Indigenous and European children and a site of distinctly Mediterranean culture and devotion.

The complex also houses two special permanent exhibitions. Life at St Joseph’s tells the insider story of Aboriginal girls and Benedictine Sisters who were the building’s first residents. The Gardner Roomfeatures the collection of Charles Austin Gardner, the pioneer West Australian botanist and early advocate for the state’s national parks.

Slater Homestead

The picturesque stone and mud brick dwellings known as ‘Slater Homestead’ can be found 3 kilometres north-east of Goomalling on the Goomalling-Wyalkatchem Road and is a must see location.

  • Open Days/times:Mary's Tearoom is open every weekend from April to October from 10am-4pm, with other times available by appointment.
  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

Description

Located a leisurely one and three quarter hour drive from Perth’s CBD makes it the perfect journey’s end to your country sojourn

Our Boutique Function Centre and Accommodation are available all year. Mary's Tearoom is open every weekend from April to October with service of Devonshire Teas, homemade cakes and light lunches from 10am-4pm, with other times available by appointment.

The York Residency Museum

Convicts, ceramics and Chinese market gardeners are just a few of the fascinating subjects revealed at The York Residency Museum, York's treasure-house of history.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:Tue - Thu 1PM - 3PM, Sat & Sun 11AM - 3.30PM

Details

  • Open Days:Sunday,Public Holidays,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Saturday
  • Facilities:Cafe,Wheelchair Access

Description

Convicts, ceramics and Chinese market gardeners are just a few of the fascinating subjects revealed at The York Residency Museum, York's treasure-house of history.

This 1856 heritage building, was originally part of a Convict Hiring Depot, then the official residence of York's early magistrates. As you tread the lovingly polished floorboards it's easy to imagine it as the home of one of the pillars of early York society. Locally made jarrah wood furniture intermingles with oil paintings, samplers and photographs from the mid to late 19th century. See if you can find the chair made entirely without screws or nails.

The faces, full of character, of three ex-convicts greet you in an unusual photographic portrait hanging above displays of Aboriginal artefacts- poignant reminders that settlement did not please everyone.

Definitely not just another 'dusty old place', the York Residency Museum shows aspects of civic and religious life in the emerging town with leisure time, school days and health as selected themes plus displays of personal possessions, ceramics and silverware.

Visiting Residency Museum gives you the perfect opportunity to relax unwind and get a glimpse into the lives of the people who created York - people as unique as you. 

York Courthouse Complex

Explore the intriguing story of country policing from the days of the first convicts.

  • Open Days/times:Thursday to Monday 10am - 4pm
  • Museums:Local History,Other

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Thursday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

From the lofty grandeur of the court room to the stark confines of the prison cells, the York Courthouse Complex tells the intriguing story of country policing from the days of the first convicts to the late twentieth century.

York was Western Australia’s first inland town (founded 1831) and in 1852 the first part of the courthouse complex, the cell block and police station, was built. As the town prospered and expanded, so did the complex. A courtroom was added in 1859, the police station was expanded, and a troopers’ cottage, stables and yard were built to the rear. With the influx of money from the goldfields, part of the complex was demolished and a new two-storey courthouse was built in 1895.

The cells continued to be used until 1981 when a new police station was built in the town. The court room was still in use after the National Trust acquired the property in 1983.

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