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Artists Revolution

Artists Revolution is a non-profit arts group, created and run by artists for artists. We have a small gallery space and studio open to the community for arts projects, exhibitions and social activity

  • Open Days/times:Wednesday to Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Galleries:Painting,Sculpture,Mixed Media,Art Gallery,Drawing,Installation,Textiles,Aboriginal,Artisan Workshop,Artist Studio,Public Art Gallery
  • Represented Artists:Thomas de Munk-Kirkmeer, Nic Compton, Patricia Rose, Paul Marres, Jan George, Tim Burns and others

Details

  • Open Days:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Wednesday
  • Wheelchair Access:yes
  • Facilities:Free,Wheelchair Access

Description

Artists Revolution is a not for profit arts group designed for artists to promote and sell their art at our gallery and studio in Northam, Western Australia.

VISION - Artists Revolution is a group of professional independent artists supported by the Shire of Northam and Wheatbelt Development Commission as part of the Royalty for Regions program, which seek to develop a culture of creative collaboration between themselves and the community at large. The movement endeavors to thread community members together so that individuals and organizations can work together on building a creative and vibrant hub in the town of Northam.
Artists from Artists Revolution make collaborations within the community to develop participation in targeting local artistic talent within youth groups and other community groups that display potential ability that may be developed.

 


Wheatbelt Development Commission as part of Royalties for Regions provided Artists Revolution with $15000 to start this fabulous art space.

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

Details

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

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.

Aylward Studios

Brian Aylward invites you to visit his studio/gallery at Wooroloo. This secluded village is set in the Darling Range, 50 minutes from Perth.

  • Galleries:Painting,Art Gallery,Artist Studio
  • Open Days/times:Sunday 11am - 5pm (Other times by appointment)
  • Represented Artists:T Brian Aylward

Details

  • Open Days:Sunday

Description

<p> The studio setting is pleasantly conducive to fine art. White Gum Gully Brook flows through the grounds and is especially attractive in winter. Visitors are welcome to view the works on display in the gallery, grounds and studio.</p>

Bilya Boort Boodja

This regional tourist attraction offers an interactive educational experience that recognises the rich Aboriginal and environmental presence in the Nyoongar Ballardong region.

  • Open Days/times:9am - 4pm excluding Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day
  • Galleries:Aboriginal,Art Gallery

Details

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

Description

The Centre is located in the Shire of Northam on the foreshore of the Avon River in Northam’s CBD. It seeks to protect, celebrate and share the culture of the Nyoongar people and highlights land management practices that draw upon the knowledge of the land’s traditional custodians. 

Brookton Museum & Heritage Centre

The Centre is managed by the Brookton & Districts Historical Society. Who work with the community and its localities to tell their stories through the collection, conservation, research & conversation

  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:SUN 10AM - 3PM

Details

  • Open Days:Sunday

Description

The collection reflects the "Changing Face of Brookton and Its Localities". The exhibitions include Grandma's "wash-house" and a horse drawn table top wagon that was payment for a block of land on which one of Brookton's hotels stands. Exhibitions are revamped periodically and tell stories of the people including the traditional owners, community organisations, businesses and services in the district. The archives are extensive and enquiries are always welcome. The Museum is open by appointment, phone 0427 334 051. Entry and research fees are available on application.

Cola Café And Museum

The 50’s style café, open seven days a week, is finely decked out in red, white and black.

  • Open Days/times:Monday-Sunday 8am-4pm
  • Museums:Other
  • Antique Dealers:Memorabilia

Details

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

Description


Cola Cafe Memorabilia
The historic town of Toodyay, situated 90 kms from Perth in the Avon River Valley, has a unique café for those with a hankering for nostalgia.

The Cola Café and Museum is a 1950’s style Café serving retro tucker, foot-tapping music and features a unique collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia collected over a 45 year period.

The extensive menu covers breakfast, brunch and lunch, with quality coffee, beautiful cakes and good old fashioned friendly service.

Experience breakfast on the terrace! Sit and watch the world go by, or keep warm in winter by our cosy gas fires and enjoy our fantastic Omelettes, Eggs Benedict or the famous Combo.

We serve only Silvana Coffee and proudly make:

Caffe Latte
Mocha
Vienna
Flat White
Short and Long Black
Capuccino
Macchiato
Mugaccino
Opening Times

Open every day of the year with the exception of Christmas Day and Boxing days, from 8 am to close Monday to Sunday. On a hot day keep cool under our Mist Fans. We give friendly country service and have excellent disabled facilities.

Our Coca-Cola Memorabilia Collection was started over 45 years ago in Zimbabwe and has now expanded to over 6,000 items.

Wherever you sit you’re surrounded by Brian Dawes’ Coke obsession; everything from the conservative to the quaint to the quirky. Many items have a story - like the Coca- Cola sign that once advertised a Louis Armstrong Concert or the red plastic chairs for the café’s al fresco diners, snapped up from the Sydney 2000 Olympics. There’s a model-T open delivery truck; coca-cola transistors; a miniature vending machine; clocks; bottle and can collections; and a lot more besides.

The Cola Cafe Collection

Started over forty-five years ago in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) with miniature glass bottles of Cola-Cola in a yellow crate.

Frequent trips to South Africa and three years’ study in England saw the collection gradually grow.

In 1978 the collection rapidly expanded, with trading partners in all states.

Trips to Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Vietnam and Bali have all added to the collection.

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:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

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.

Gallery 152

Located in a beautifully restored heritage building, Gallery 152 is a new commercial gallery working to restore York’s reputation as a hub for artists, festivals and other cultural events.

  • Open Days/times:Monday - Sunday 10am - 3pm
  • Galleries:Drawing,Painting,Sculpture,Mixed Media

Details

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

Description

York is Western Australia’s first inland town which is characterised by its many heritage buildings, some of which have been retained for 160 years.
 
GALLERY 152 IS OPEN DAILY 10AM-3PM

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:Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday

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

Details

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

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

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 Big Camera – Museum Of Photography

This is the only museum, totally dedicated to photography, open to the public anywhere in Australia!

  • Open Days/times:Friday to Tuesday 9am – 5pm

Details

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

Description

The Big Camera is situated 133 Kilometres East of Perth on the Great Eastern. Including the original box brownie camera from 1900!

 The building is fully air-conditioned for comfort and is shaped like a giant 35mm camera.

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

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

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.

York Motor Museum

Soak in the rich motor history in WA's oldest automotive museum.

  • Museums:Motoring

Details

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

Description

Peter Briggs and James Harwood established the historic York museum in December 1979, and has now become Australia's oldest and most successful private motor museum. 

There are three main galleries on offer; two general areas and one specialising in the history of motorsport. 

The exhibits include Veteran, Vintage, Classic and Racing Cars plus Motorcycles and Racing Bikes. In addition to the motor vehicles of all shapes and sizes, visitors can catch a glimpse of the collection of posters, motoring memorabilia and photographs around the room. 

For the car lovers and enthusiasts, or anyone with a slight interest in the history of motors, this is the place in town to visit. 

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