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Butterabby

  • (08) 9196 1505

South of Mullewa at Butterabby, a stone monument marks the site of one of the state's earliest conflicts between Aboriginals and Europeans, resulting in the spearing to death of a shepherd and the subsequent hanging of five Aboriginals accused of the crime.

  • Historical Sites:Cemeteries

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Corrigin Pioneer Museum

  • (08) 9063 2246

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

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

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  • 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

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

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.

Dowerin District Museum

A visit to the Dowerin District Museum offers a unique view of how settlers lived in a genuine cottage with furnishings from 1915- 1930's

  • Open Days/times:By appointment only
  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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  • Open Days:By Appointment Only
  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access

Description

The stories of number 16 Cottrell Street and its inhabitants are rich accounts of life in Wheatbelt WA during the first half of the 20th century offering a unique and compelling vision of family and business life at that time. The building itself is a very authentic weatherboard and iron-roofed cottage, constructed in 1915 by Eugene O’Shaughnessy the local Saddler and Harness Maker. Complete with many of its original features the cottage was purchased for the Museum Committee by the Dowerin & Goomalling Apex Club and is now vested within the Shire of Dowerin.

Hainsworth Museum

The Hainsworth Museum was commissioned by Charles Hainsworth, its first owner, and was built by Ted Freeland, originally a ships carpenter, during 1933/34 as a general store and tearooms.

  • Open Days/times:Thursday 11.00am to 4.30pm
  • Museums:Local History

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  • Open Days:Thursday

Description

The building operated as a General store from 1934 until 1972 and operated with several owners during that period.

The building continues to act as the Newdegate Pioneer Museum and a community facility.

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

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  • 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.)

Katanning Historical Museum

This lovely old building is the original Katanning government school on the corner of Taylor and Cove Streets and now houses the Katanning Historical Museum.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:SUN 2PM - 4PM

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  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Sunday

Description

Built in 1899, the museum is full of interesting artefacts and quaint memorabilia along with some fascinating records of Katanning’s early history.

The Katanning Museum and Heritage Society volunteers have been the driving force in rescuing and preserving some of our most treasured and irreplaceable memories.

Katanning lies at the heart of the Great Southern region providing the residents and surrounding communities with a commercial, cultural and political centre. Long before European settlers began grazing sheep in the district in 1840 the fertile plains provided the local Aboriginal tribe, known as Noongars, with abundant food and water.

With the opening of the Great Southern Railway in 1889 Katanning attracted settlers for both commercial and agricultural ventures. The most prominent being Frederick Piesse, who became the first Chairman of the Katanning Road Board in 1892.

Koorda Motor And Military Museum

The Koorda Motor & Military Museum houses an array of military collections and vintage cars to browse through.

  • Open Days/times:By appointment only
  • Museums:Military,Motoring

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  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

The Motor and Military Museum has an extensive private collection of motor, garage and military memorabilia from original classic and muscle cars, models and military displays from the Boer War to Afghanistan.

You can browse through the array of historic artefacts or sit down for a cuppa and enjoy being immersed in the history that surrounds you.

Koorda Museum

The Koorda Museum is well worth a visit. The Museum houses local artefacts and collection of historical papers of the district's history.

  • Open Days/times:By appointment only, call the Shire on (08) 9684 1219 to arrange a visit.
  • Museums:Local History

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  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

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The building was a former hospital and contains special exhibits of hospital equipment. It was also used as a school hostel and then the police station for a time. Displays are  set out as the following rooms: hospital room, map and history room, parlour, kitchen crockery display, laundry display, farm workshop with old farm machinery, and police lockup no. 4.

Kulin Museum (Butlers Garage)

Butlers Garage houses the Kulin Museum which contains an impressive collection of vintage cars, farm equipment and machinery.

  • Open Days/times:Saturday morning from 8.30am – 12pm. If the museum is closed please contact (08) 9880 1024 to arrange a visit.
  • Museums:Local History,Motoring

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  • Open Days:Saturday

Description

Butlers Garage is a significant piece of Kulin’s Heritage, particularly that’s associated with the development of the agricultural industry and thus the identity of the region.  The architecture of the building is a fine example of construction during the Depression years. During the mid 1920's WM Butler & Co of Wickepin established a machinery agency business in Kulin. In the late 1920's WH (Bill) Butler (WM's son) established in Kulin and took over the agency, developing it further with the construction of the garage on this site. The agencies functioned continuously right up until 1994. The garage has been restored and houses the Kulin Museum. The Museum is currently open on a Saturday morning from 8.30am – 12pm. If the museum is closed please contact (08) 9880 1024 to arrange a visit.

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

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  • 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.

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

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

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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

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  • 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

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

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

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  • 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 Grain Discovery Centre

Adjacent to the Narembeen Roadhouse (entry through the Roadhouse) is a modern, interpretive centre focusing on grain growing in Western Australia.

  • Open Days/times:9.00am to 5.00pm daily
  • Museums:Local History

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Learn more about farming in Narembeen as you wander through the centre. Browse at the brilliant visual and interpretive displays as you discover some of the history and future of grain growing in Narembeen.

Exhibits include a 1950s farm house kitchen, a ‘humpy’, a grain stack, an interactive CBH area with weighbridge and hut, displays on the future of farming and a supermarket showing end products, like breakfast cereals and bread. The centre also has an interactive agribusiness section, an export area detailing the journey of grain from farm paddock to overseas markets and displays on the future of farming.

Entry is via gold coin donation.

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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

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

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  • 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

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

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

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  • 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/

 

St Paul's Church

St Paul's Church is the first consecrated Church in Narembeen. The church served the Anglican community from 1929 until 1965. It was opened as a museum for the Historical Society in 1969. After Restoraion it was re-opened as a Church Museum in 1999. It is also a memorial to the Pioneer Women of the Narembeen District.

  • Historical Sites:Churches

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The Corner Shop Museum

  • (08) 9825 1054

This is a small museum and the collection reflects the rural family and social life of the Tambellup district from the time of European settlement.

  • Open Days/times:BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
  • Museums:Farming,Local History

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  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

It provides a valuable historical record of developments and changes in farm lifestyle, especially the contributions made by the rural women of the district. The Museum collection is a valuable resource for the primary school, touring public and residents seeking to preserve the lifestyles of their pioneering families.

The Gravity Discovery Centre

Discover the ultimate day out. Amazing science, art & bushwalks. Climb the leaning tower.

  • Open Days/times:10AM - 4PM, Fri - Sat 10AM - 8PM
  • Museums:Science

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  • Facilities:Cafe
  • Open Days:Tuesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Visit an award winning tourist location. The Gravity Discovery Centre is a highly respected science education and tourism facility in Western Australia, and the only science centre with a focus on Cosmology, Astronomy and Physics. This unique facility provides exciting science experiences for families, children, students and tourists.

Whether you are 5 or 50 there are so many cool hands-on science experiments and displays for you to get involved in. Test your strength on the magnetic pole. Listen to your own drum through the sound coil. Measure your weight on different planets. Watch how your own tennis ball is sucked into the giant black hole. Are you brave enough to stand on the edge of the magnetic pendulum? You can also test gravity by dropping water balloons from the 45m Leaning Tower! Walk along our 1km solar system, the distances between the planets are exactly to scale as if you were travelling in your own space ship through space.

The Cosmology Gallery is home to works of art from various cultural backgrounds with different artists showing their understanding of culture, religion, science and astronomy. Here you will see the Timeline of Our Universe and the wonderful Penrose Tiled Floor.

In addition we are located in stunning bushland and are surrounded by beautiful plants, especially in the spring when the bush comes to life! We offer 1 and 2km bushwalks with a guided map.

Our cafe serves drinks, snacks and ice-creams and our gift shop is stocked with souvenirs. Self guided and Guided tours are available.

We welcome group bookings.

This experience will challenge your thinking about science and our Universe!

The Gingin Observatory is right next door.

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