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Galleries in Avon Valley Region


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Avondale Discovery Farm

I the 70s Prince Charles himself opened Avondale Discovery Farm 1850s homestead, 1890s stables, and the agricultural machinery museum, plus learn about crops and sustainable farming as you look around the extensive working farm.

  • Historical Sites:Farmhouses

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Description

Avondale Research Station, comprising a single storey brick and corrugated iron Homestead (1880s) in the Victorian Georgian style, a vernacular single and double storey corrugated iron Stables (1890s), a vertical concrete Silo (1927), a single storey brick and iron former Laboratory (1930), workers dwellings (1928 and 1937), has cultural heritage significance for the following reasons: Established as a State Farm in 1919, the place has been a venue for agricultural research since 1924, and was the site of an important research project for braxy-like disease in sheep in the early 1930s, with the research Laboratory constructed specifically for the project; The place has a landmark quality within its picturesque rural landscape; The Stables dating from the 1890s feature very well-detailed timber horse stalls and roof structure, and are a rare example of innovative design; The place is valued for its role in agricultural research and education, borne out by the local community’s financial contribution to the establishment of the Laboratory in 1930 and the contribution of farm machinery for the Discovery Farm museum in 1979; The various components that comprise the place demonstrate specific government initiatives in the establishment and the subsequent development of the place as a site of agricultural research and a showcase of rural work and life; The Avondale property was one of the earliest pastoral properties established in the Beverley district and the farm’s development since 1830 has been indicative of and contributed to the development of the area; and, The place contributes to the local and wider community’s sense of place for its links to the early settlement of the Avon Valley and for its ongoing contribution to agricultural research and education in the State.

NOTE: Currently CLOSED for rennovations until further notice. 

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

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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

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  • 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.

Northam Heritage Forum

Located in the old railway station in Northam, this small museum contains an interesting collection of memorabilia broadly associated with railways.

  • Historical Sites:Trains
  • Museums:Motoring

Details

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

Description

Old Northam Railway Station

Established circa 1900 the Old Northam Railway Station was once a hive of activity.

Old Newcastle Gaol Museum

The Newcastle Gaol museum was built by convicts over 150 years ago. Inside are displays about Moondyne Joe and colonial life, as well as regularly updated temporary exhibitions.

  • Historical Sites:Prisons

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

Description

The Newcastle Gaol Museum and Police Stables are part of a complex of buildings associated with law and order.  

Only a 5-10 minute walk from the Toodyay railway station and main street. 

Buildings on-site include the 1865 Gaol, the 1891 Police Stables, the 1907 lock-up and the century old Wicklow Shearing Shed re-located from a nearby farming property.  Also on display are farming implements reflecting the agricultural history of the region.

 

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

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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.

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