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Galleries in Cervantes To Dongara


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Blue Ocean Gallery

Displays a selection of sculpture and artworks across from Dynamite Bay.

  • Open Days/times:Fri - Sun, 10am - 4pm
  • Represented Artists:Local
  • Galleries:Sculpture,Mixed Media,Art Gallery

Details

  • Open Days:Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

This quaint art gallery and sculpture park in Green Head displays a collection of coastal-inspired artworks, expressed using various mediums. 

 

Denison House

Denison House has a rich history in it's past. It is currently used for numerous community groups.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

Description

This was the site of the first tillage lease in the district and Smith’s Mill was built here in 1865. Later, stone from the mill was used to build Denison House for Dr Bartlett, and in 1944 the Benedictine Order of New Norcia purchased the building as a retreat. It is now owned by Shire of Irwin.

 

Dongara State School

This building is now the local rag office and pottery club.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

Description

The first Dongara school was built in 1870 where the police station now stands, but an increase in attendances required the construction of this two-roomed building in 1906. It served the town until 1972 when the new district high school was built.

Heritage Buildings

The best way to discover our charming historic building is in on the Dongara Heritage Walk. Purchase a booklet from the Visitors Centre for $2.50 and begin your journey back in time.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

Description

The 4km walk highlights 28 heritage listed buildings in the twin towns, starting at the Dongara Port Denison Visitor Centre which was originally the town's post office. Focal points of the walk include the Royal Flour Mill built in 1894, the Old Police Station built in 1870 and Russ Cottage. 

Irwin Historical Museum

The Irwin District Museum is housed in the former Dongara Police Station, Courthouse and Gaol. The building also served as a ticket of leave hiring depot, and police quarters. It's open Mon- Sat, 10am

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Prisons

Details

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

Description

 

The building was built at a contract price of £1200 by expiree Joseph Walton in 1870-71 using ticket-of-leave labour.

By 1874 the building had a lean-to addition added to the north side which served as a post and telegraph office. The native cell to the west and some of the rear yard walls were demolished in the mid 1950's.

The building served as a police station, courthouse and quarters until 1983. In early 1984 the building was occupied by the Tourist Centre and between 1984 and 1987 extensive restorations were funded and carried out by the Dongara Old Police Station Restoration Committee with additional funding through a grant form the WA Heritage Committee.

In 2000, the Society built additional museum display space on the site of the former horse stables at the rear of the building jointly funded by LotteryWest Small Museums Grant and the Society.

Currently the building is operated by the Irwin District Historical Society as a research office with historic displays, the Dongara Magistrates Court is held each month in the former Day Room.

Knowler House

The building was constructed in the 1930s by George Knowler as a house and fish shop. It was later the residence of his son Sydney Knowler, who was a prominent fisherman.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

Description

This house was built in the 1930s by George Knowler, builder, brick maker and well sinker. It was built as a house and shop which was run by the Knowler family and later May Batty ran it as a fish and chip shop.It was the residence of Sydney Knowler, a fisherman, till the 1970s when it was sold to Ken Smalley, who renovated the building and added a two storey garage and quarters at the rear. In the Mid 1980s Dennis and Joy Gilbert purchased the property and it was sold again in 2004.

Nun's Cemetery

The Nun's Cemetery is located at the back of the Priory Lodge.

  • Historical Sites:Cemeteries

Details

Description

The former cemetery was used by the Dominican Order in Dongara from 1902 until 1971. In 1996 the headstones were removed and the deceased were reinterred in Karakatta Cemetery in Perth, and are recorded at the Dongara Cemetery.

Pearse House

Pearse House was built in 1870 as an early pastoralist house and was a very prominent building.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

Description

This large house was built in 1870 by merchant, farmer and grazier Francis Pearse. It was built as a seven-roomed house, and three rooms were added later. It originally had terraced gardens down to the river’s edge.

 

Road Board Office

Built of local stone, this small single room building was constructed in 1910 to house the Irwin District Roads Board Office and was used for this purpose until 1958 when minor additions were made to

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

Description

This single roomed building was built of local stone in 1910 to house the Roads Board building. It served until 1958, when new offices were built alongside the Town Hall.

Royal Steam Roller Flour Mill

The Dongara Flour Mill was built in 1894 by local merchant and grazier Francis Pearse to plans supplied by Henry Simon of Manchester, England.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings
  • Open Days/times:Accessible year-round

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

The mill was built for merchant Francis Pearse in 1894. Powered by huge steam engines, the mill ground wheat produced in the district until it closed in 1935. During World War II, much of the timber was removed for use in gun emplacements in the coastal dunes.

 

Russ Cottage

Russ Cottage is heritage listed, built in 1868 by Titus Russ.

  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Facilities:Free

Description

Titus Russ built this cottage for his family in 1868 on land out of stone quarried from near the Irwin River.  The kitchen floor is made from crushed ant hill, packed down to make a hard surface.

Russ Cottage is a fine example of a rural worker’s home of over 145 years ago.

The cottage was purchased from the Russ family 100 years after it was built, by the Shire of Irwin, and has since been leased and restored by the Irwin District Historical Society and furnished as a 1870s yeoman’s cottage, it is now open as a Museum.

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