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Bruce Rock Museum & Machinery Museum

Bruce Rock celebrated its Centenary in 2013 with a community project that records the history of the district, its people, farming and business enterprises and social life. The Centenary Pathway is bordered by a mosaic slab wall stretching the length of the main Street created by residents proud of their heritage.

  • Museums:Farming,Local History,Motoring

Details

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

Description

A farming town, Bruce Rock produces crops of wheat, barley, lupin and peas. Sheep, pigs and goats are also farmed in the area.
 
Bruce RockThe Bruce Rock Museum comprises of a historical display in the restored Bank with adjoining reconstructions of an original one-roomed school, a typical mud brick settlers hut and a blacksmiths shop. An arts and crafts centre is located in the main street displaying a wide variety of work by local artists. A new Art Gallery The Old Club Gallery features work by Wheatbelt Artists. Located in the main street is the Federation Amphitheatre, designed and built by the local community. A performance or function setting, the amphitheatre has an adjoining sculpture park offering visitors a peaceful stroll around the interesting garden.
 
Bruce Rock celebrated its Centenary in 2013 with a community project that records the history of the district, its people, farming and business enterprises and social life.  The Centenary Pathway is bordered by a mosaic slab wall stretching the length of the main Street created by residents proud of their heritage.
 
The nearby bank at Shackleton is said to be Australia’s smallest bank and is also worth a look.
 
Kokerbin Rock, located 45 kilometres west of the town, is an immense granite outcrop. It is the third largest monolith in Australia and is recognized as an interesting unspoilt spot for flora and fauna study. It covers 9 hectares and is 122m high with interesting formations, caves and a deep well on the western side. From the summit you can enjoy spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. To protect the fragile environment of Kokerbin Rock, camping facilities are now available at the historic townsite of Kwolyin 9kms south. Toilets, campers kitchen, BBQ and covered seating areas available.

Koorda Motor And Military Museum

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

  • Museums:Military,Motoring

Details

  • 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.

Kulin Museum (Butlers Garage)

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

  • Museums:Local History,Motoring

Details

  • 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 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

Details

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

Description

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.

  • 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.

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