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Corrigin Pioneer Museum

  • (08) 9063 2246

Housing the history of our days gone by, a worthwhile visit whilst in Corrigin.

  • Museums:Farming,Local History
  • Open Days/times:Sundays 2pm - 5pm and Wednesdays 1pm - 4pm, and by appointment

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Sunday

Description

View the collection of tools and restored farm machinery, including tractors in working order, see the blacksmiths shop, the one room school, the shearing shed, old district photographs, clothing and other pioneer memorabilia. The Pioneer Memorial Wall at the entrance to the Museum commemorates early settlers. Please call in for a visit, you will be surprised!

Cunderdin Museum

Arguably the central attraction in the Shire, you shouldn’t leave without visiting the Cunderdin Museum. Even if museum’s aren’t usually on your ‘to do’ list, make an exception – you won’t be disappointed

  • Museums:Farming,Local History
  • Open Days/times:10AM - 4PM

Details

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

Description

In 1974 the No 3 Pump Station was classified by the National Trust (WA) and in 1999 it was permanently entered on the Heritage Council of Western Australia’s State Register of Heritage Places. The following statement of significance was prepared by the Heritage Council of Western Australia:
“No 3 Pumping Station, a brick and corrugated iron building in a Federation industrial style, constructed to house a pumping station, has cultural heritage significance for the following reasons:
the place is of international importance as a key component of one of the greatest engineering and infrastructure schemes of the late nineteenth century, the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme, which was completed in 1903;
the place has rarity value as Australia’s greatest engineering scheme, and is the most tangible infrastructure result of the discovery of gold in Western Australia;
part of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme, the place was a key element in the pattern of social, demographic and economic development and resource exploitation in the State. The whole enterprise is an indication of the importance of gold to the regional and national economy at the end of the nineteenth century;
the place has important associations with Australian technological innovation, as well as social and political imagination and ambition. The place is associated with a number of notable figures including the scheme’s designer C. Y. O’Connor and Premier Sir John Forrest, as well as Director H. W. Venn and the architects and engineers of the Public Works Department;
the place has aesthetic value as a well designed purpose built industrial structure expressive of the public importance and ambition of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme; and,
the place has the potential to communicate its history and historical context and thus improve public understanding of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme.

Hood-Penn Museum

Westonia's Hood-Penn Museum is now open. The museum features a variety of scenes showcasing early life in the shire.

  • Open Days/times:Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm | Weekends 10am to 12pm
  • Museums:Local History

Details

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

Description

The Hood-Penn Museum in Westonia is the result of a an extremely generous donation of a large historical collection from the Hood-Penn family who previously owned the Burracoppin Store.  The museum features a variety of scenes showcasing early life in the shire including a pub scene, a shop/hardware store scene, a petrol station/garage scene, a kitchen scene, a bedroom scene and a blacksmith/farm workshop scene.  Each scene also includes a realistic lifelike mannequin, complete with wrinkles and blemishes.

The museum also includes a vibrating mine tunnel that aims to replicate life in an early Westonian gold mine.  Visitors press a button upon entering the tunnel & then experience a three minute sequence of sound effects and physical vibrations that simulate blasts going off in the vicinity of the mine.  The sound effects also include a conversation between miners working in the mine. 

 Entry is $3 for adults and $1 for anyone under the age of 18 years.  The museum is open Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.30 pm (except on Public Holidays) via the Shire Office.  The museum is also open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 12pm. (Summer Holiday weekends open by appointment only.)

Merredin Military Museum

Most of the vehicles and equipment in the museum are from the Army, this is not intentional, but merely reflects that which is the most comonly found on farms in the area.

  • Museums:Military
  • Open Days/times:10am - 3pm, 7 days a week

Details

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

Description

The vehicles in the Museum don't just stay on display, most of them are fully operational and are taken out on parades, ANZAC day and rallies, Their ongoing maintenance and upkeep is born by the Museum. Although the Museum has a large collection of vehicles, we endeavor to tell the whole story of our defence forces. You will also find on display everything from a portable camp stove to a dentist chair, artillery to postcards sent home from the Western Front during WWI.

Merredin Railway Museum

Enjoy the architecture of the buildings dating from 1913, the G117 class steam locomotive circa 1987, the signal box housing 95 levers. Displays of Merredin's railway history. Photographic register of Pioneer women of the area. Also enjoy the attractive garden setting where you can feed goldfish in the ponds.

  • Museums:Local History,Motoring
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Sat 9AM - 3PM, Sun 11AM - 2PM

Details

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

Description

Miniature Solider Museum

This amazing collection of over 10,000 handmade pieces are displayed in stills of great wars. See soldiers at war in jungles, deserts and the six metre long display of the 1953 Coronation of the Queen

  • Open Days/times:Daily 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Galleries:Sculpture

Details

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

Description

The toy solider collection was previously owned by Alex Smith who amassed the 10,000 toy soldiers over 60 years in displays depicting battles fought over hundreds of years. Also on display is a ball dress which was worn to the ball the night before the Battle of Waterloo.

There is also a section devoted to the Rabbit Proof Fence, showing its history in photographs and also telling the story of Norm Froome, who worked on the fence construction.

Monsignor Hawes Priest House Museum

  • Open Days/times:Jul 7 -Sep 30 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Museums:Local History,Other

Details

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

Description

During Fr Hawes tenure in Mullewa and once he had completed his Church of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, he set about planning for his own accommodation. In 1927 he commenced plans with the encouragement of his parishioners and Archbishop Clune of Perth , who wished for him to have improved living conditions.

By late 1930 the building was completed ready for use as a presbytery.

The building is a low cottage style with red Cordoba tiles, built from the same quarried stone as the church.

When entering through the large green door to the east of the building one can read the inscription in latin ‘Janus Patet Cor Magis’ which means ‘The door opens wide but my heart more so’.  As one walks through the building it has a warm cosy feel with a typically English style.

The main living room has an ingle nook fireplace and a lar and  the cement floors are covered with linoleum throughout.

The house is furnished with heavy dark timber typical of the time which was designed by Hawes and made by a Perth craftsman.

In 1986, during Hawes’s time as a student at the Arts and Crafts School, he won a prize for his plaster model of Donatello’s ‘Laughing Boy’.  This can be seen on the a shelf in the living area.  Also in the living area, situated on the large sideboard, is the silver cup which was presented to Hawes after he won a Yalgoo horse race on his horse ’Babs’.

During the 1970’s the priest house was no longer required as a presbytery and the Parish Council decided to set up the building as a Museum to Monsignor Hawes and his works.

The traveller will find many photographs, art works, books, vestments and items used by Hawes during his time in Mullewa.

Morawa District Historical Society

Morawa District Historical Society and Museum is a small volunteer group dedicated to preserving local town and agricultural history in Western Australia.

  • Museums:Local History

Details

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

Description

The Morawa District Historical Society was first formed in May 1973, with its main objective of retaining a historical record of the district.

Relocation of the original Old Gaol and Courthouse, in 1975, from Stokes Road to its current position, in Prater Street, was one of the first projects undertaken. Unfortunately the original horse stables associated with this building had been removed.

The Old Gaol and Courthouse now forms the centrepiece of the Morawa Museum. The Museum houses a truly remarkable collection of windmills as well as examples of vintage farm machinery and equipment.

The windmill collection is renowned world wide and is the subject of The Windmill Journal a publication produced quarterly by the Morawa District Historical Society and distributed world wide.

Narembeen Historical Museum

Located in the Old Road Board building, near the Town Hall on Latham Rd, this museum contains a visual history of the district and includes photographs of early pioneer farming practices.

  • Open Days/times:Monday to Friday. For enquiries please call 08 9064 7308
  • Museums:Local History

Details

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

Description

Family files are also kept here, it has proven to be a great source of information about our locals.

Narembeen History & Machinery Museum

Located on Savage Street, this museum contains an interesting mix of photos and antiques from our pioneers.

  • Open Days/times:Monday to Friday. For enquiries call 9064 7055
  • Museums:Local History

Details

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

Description

Browse through the outdoor machinery museum displaying old farm machinery and farming implements.

Narrogin Old Courthouse Museum

The Narrogin Old Courthouse Museum in Narrogin is located in a charming historic building which was originally built as a government school in 1894. In 1905 it was converted into the local courthouse.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:Mon to Fri 10am to 4pm | Sat 10am to 12pm

Details

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

Description

It became the local branch of the Agricultural Bank between 1924 and 1945, but returned to its former use as a courthouse in 1970.

Check out the original magistrate's bench, prisoner's dock and witness stand as well as exhibits from Narrogin's doll and pottery factories, medical displays, early farming items and Aboriginal artefacts.

Designed by the prominent architect George Temple-Poole, the building is now a combined museum and craft shop.

Narrogin is a large Wheatbelt town which is a two hour drive south east of Perth.

Nungarin Heritage Machinery & Army Museum

The Nungarin Heritage Machinery and Army Museum is housed in an original, massive Army Vehicle Workshop building, constructed in Nungarin in 1942-43 as part of Australia’s defense in WWII.

  • Open Days/times:Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm
  • Museums:Local History,Military,Motoring

Details

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

Description

The huge building was part of the No.5 Base Ordnance Depot (5BOD) which was considered to be the largest storage facility for Army Ordnance in Western Australia at that time. Built at a total cost of approx. 10 million pounds it is believed to be the largest timber clad building in the southern hemisphere, featuring a distinctive saw tooth roof.
The Museum is run  by local volunteers and relies heavily on the support of the Shire of Nungarin and donations from the public to  maintain and expand exhibits. Many of the the items on display have been donated.

Ongerup & Needilup District Museum

The Ongerup Museum Started in 1978 in the Old Railway Barracks Building, then aquired a historic farmhouse on site which now houses a Native food & Medicine, and Local wildlife display.

  • Historical Sites:Farmhouses
  • Museums:Other

Details

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

Description

There is also an agricultural machinery shed with the local stories of the development of the local farming area, which is being upgraded this year.

Facilities:

2 x Toilets (suit disabled)
Other Shire facitilies nearby
Cafe', Motel, Caravan Park in town

Collection:

Local & Natural history
Local Native foods & medicine display

Pingelly Museum

The Pingelly Museum Group came together in March 2011 to document and preserve our local history and to get the local Museum, the Old Courthouse building on Parade Street, Pingelly to open to the pub

  • Museums:Local History

Details

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

Description

The Pingelly Museum Group came together in March 2011 to document and preserve our local history and to get the local Museum,  the Old Courthouse building on Parade Street, Pingelly to open to the public. Consisting of volunteers, each person in the group has an individual interest in a particular area of history.  We also all possess a wicked sense of humour, so laugh while we work. Pingelly Museum has approximately 2000 items in the collection at the present time.  Along the way, we have added to our collection, with local residents and groups donating items to the museum.
 
Opening Hours.

10.00 am - 12.00 noon 
Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Admission Fee Applicable.

Website: http://pingellymuseum.weebly.com/

 

The Lace Place

The Lace Place Museum was built in 1990 to house the Blackburn Collection.

  • Open Days/times:9am - 5pm daily
  • Museums:Local History

Details

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

Description

Mrs Margaret Blackburn OAM JP of Perth (1920 -1990) had a keen interest in history and lace. To her own inherited family collection, she added pieces from Australia and overseas and was able to incorporate several smaller collections. Her Order of Australia Medal was awarded for service to Commercial Education.

The Blackburn Collection, offered as a bequest to the Western Australian Museum, was later purchased by the Mouritz family in Hyden. The Lace Place was officially opened on June 29, 1993 by his Excellency the Governor General of Western Australia, Sir Francis Burt.

The cabinets designed by Mrs Blackburn and Russel Mouritz are made from Western Australian Jarrah by Mr Haddad from Hadded Fine Furniture. Information folios are provided.

The original collection is complimented by antique gowns and wedding dresses from the Valerie Mouritz Collection. Additions by gift and purchase are frequently made to both collections.

The display was arranged by lace maker / curator Olwyn Scott, Valerie Mouritz and Sheenagh Collins.

Olwyn Scott

Olwyn Scott has won many local, national and international awards for lace making.  Most recently, she won a Gold award at the International Lace Biennial (held in Sansepolcro, Italy) for a 11 piece panel, depicting the emancipation of women. This took her 6 months to research.

Pieces of Interest

Batavia Lace -Fragments from the Dutch Ship "Batavia" wrecked in 1629 on the Abrolhos Islands near Geraldton.

Geraldine - The Gold Lace Bikini was bought by the Lace Group of The Embroidered Guild of WA for an exhibition to display a gold lace bikini. Her handbag is made from a bra, decorated with knotted lace by Erica Eayrs.

 

Opening Times
9am - 5pm daily

Entry through the Wildflower Shoppe

Cost
$5 entry - Gold Pass is available

The Lake Grace Australia Inland Mission Hospital Museum

Visit one of three remaining Australian Inland Mission hospitals - and the only one in WA!

  • Open Days/times:Wed & Thur 1.00pm - 4.00pm | Other days by appoitment
  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,By Appointment Only

Description

Walk through the old-style wards, duty room, kitchen and laundry to experience the atmosphere of an early 20th century rural hospital.

Whilst at the old hospital building, you will be able to learn about John Flynn, who established the chain of inland hospitals in Australia. This remarkable man is well known as a visionary for improving the delivery of health care to those living in remote locations in the early pioneering days.

From 1952 until the early 1970's the AIM was used as school teacher and nurse’s accommodation. By 1983 the building had fallen into disuse and was in desperate need of repair. The state government at the time decided to demolish the building but through public protest it was saved.

Almost 100 enthusiastic volunteers helped to raise funds and spent countless hours replacing floorboards, guttering and fences, filling cracks painting walls and re stumping verandas.

The Lake Grace Australian Inland Mission Hospital Museum opened in October 1992 and the building is now listed with local, state and national heritage registers.

Wagin Historical Village

A historical village of 23 original and replica buildings from West Australia's past.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

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

Description

Visit the Australian past of 100 years ago when you walk along the main street of this re-created country town. Go back to school in the 1920 schoolhouse, see how things have changed in the 1907 post office, try banking 1925 style in the original bank.``23 original and replica buildings from the past, a vast machinery display and a pre 1900 settlers display. ``Open daily from 10 to four pm.(except Good Friday and Xmas Day)Tearooms operative Sunday.``School Tours speciality.``Centrally located in Wagin

Wheatbin Museum

The old wheat bin sits side by side with today's modern storage bins, and as you walk around the site you can get a direct comparrison between past and present day grain handling.

  • Museums:Farming,Local History
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Sun 10AM - 3PM

Details

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

Description

 
The Heritage Wheat bin Museum depicts Wubin's grain growing history through pictorial photos, and intricately crafted models, with the emphasis on bulk handling and displaying the machinery involved in this farming revolution. The old wheat bin sits side by side with today's modern storage bins, and as you walk around the site you can get a direct comparrison between past and present day grain handling. 

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