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Galleries in Geraldton Surrounds


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Museum of Geraldton

Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Western Australian Museum — Geraldton celebrates the rich heritage of the land, sea and people of the Mid West region.

  • Museums:Local History,Maritime,State Museums

Details

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

Description

Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Museum of Geraldton celebrates the rich heritage of the land, sea and people of the Mid West region.

Enjoy a guided tour through the stories from four major early shipwrecks located in the region, the Batavia, Gilt Dragon, Zuytdorp, and Zeewijk or learn more about the discovery of HMAS Sydney (II), the pride of the fleet. Witness the wrecks of HMAS Sydney (II) and HSK Kormoran as they currently lie, 2,500 metres deep on the ocean floor, in From Great Depths, a moving exhibit and 3D film.

Discover ancient landforms, Yamaji history and culture, and the region’s natural landscapes and marine environment. Find out how more recent European exploration and settlement has developed the Mid-West including the agriculture, fishing, mining and science industries.

The archaeological riches from four Dutch shipwrecks - Batavia, Gilt Dragon, Zuytdorp, and Zeewijk, are revealed in the Shipwrecks Gallery. Visitors can join a guided highlights tour available daily at 11.30am.

The Museum’s shop has a great range of souvenirs, gifts and educational items suited to all ages and interests.

Birdwood Military Museum

The Birdwood Military Museum, situated in Birdwood House, has an amazing display of memorabilia from the Boer War right through to more recent conflicts involving Australian forces.

  • Museums:Military

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Thursday,Friday,Sunday

Description

Discover the Howitzer, learn about the rising sun badge, explore the medal collection and see artefacts made from spent artillery shells.

The RSL is constantly sourcing relics to add to the collection, recent additions include a handmade periscope gun used at Gallipoli and a Spandau gun used by the enemy during WWI.

The Birdwood Military Museum is arguably the finest regional military museum in Western Australia. Funded largely by public donations, it is run by volunteers, most of whom are ex-Service personnel.

With hundreds of artifacts (uniforms, photos, medals, weapons, personal effects) on display, and many more in storage, the museum is a constantly-evolving depiction of Geraldton’s and the Mid West’s military history.

One of the special items is a homemade Australian flag, which went into battle with two soldiers from the Chapman Valley district – at Gallipoli and in France, England, Lebanon and Egypt.

We run school excursions and group tours and other times can be made by arrangement with the curator.

Bluff Point Light House Cottage

The Geraldton Historical Society’s involvement with local history dates back to 1950 with the formation of what was then called the Victoria District Historical Society.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

  • Open Days:Tuesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

 

COTTAGE BECOMES A MUSEUM
The Geraldton Historical Society has occupied the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage since 1971 and it is their archival centre with an extensive collection of historic photographs, members lending library, research and reference material and among the displays are heritage lifestyle objects, costumes, textiles, lace and china. Displays are changed and added to on a rotational basis.

Geraldton’s first Lighthouse, built by Mr. William Trigg, of local limestone is still structurally the same as when constructed in 1876. Sarking timber of the shingle roof can be seen and has been covered with iron to preserve it. The original building consisted of two bedrooms, kitchen, living room, light tower and oil room.

The steps to the tower are original and as can be seen are well worn over the years from the passage of many feet. In later years the back section of the cottage was added and includes an inside toilet and bathroom. 

The Fresnel prism lens on display in the living room is from the original light from the Cottage tower and four bolt holes can be seen in the ceiling of the tower where it was bolted.

The two Bluff Point lights remained in use until the early 1950’s. Vandals tried to burn the woodwork of the tower and it became structurally unsound and was demolished.

Carnamah Historical Society & Museum

Museum, old homestead, online biographical dictionary, virtual museum, education resources and virtual volunteering!

  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:1.30PM - 5PM

Details

  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Friday

Description

Carnamah is a town and farming community 300 kilometres north of Perth in the Mid West region of Western Australia. The Carnamah Historical Society was founded in 1983 to collect, record, preserve and promote local history.

We established and operate the Carnamah Museum, restored and care for the state heritage-listed Macpherson Homestead and actively share local history online.

Check out our Virtual Museum: to be known and distinguished as Carnamah

Chapman Valley Museum

The Chapman Valley Historical Society Museum focuses on the lives of early settlers in the region.

  • Open Days/times:June - Nov, WED 9AM - 3PM, SUN 1PM - 4PM

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Sunday

Description

Located in the heart of the Nanson Hamlet the Chapman Valley Museum is a treasure even visiting anthropologists cannot resist.

The Museum is home to an impressive display of old farm machinery, vehicles, local history and photos brought to you by the Chapman Valley Historical Society. The Chapman Valley Historical Society is a community group dedicated to preserving and promoting our local history, which includes local pioneers, railway and mining. Treat yourself to a visit at the Chapman Valley Museum, you’ll be surprised by what you’ll discover.

The museum is also now home to a wonderful tribute to the 42 Fallen Soldiers from the Upper Chapman region in WW1.

Open Wednesday’s 9am until 3pm and Sundays 1pm until 4pm (Closes during the hotter months end of November and re-opens again 1st April).

Chiverton House Museum

Chiverton House Museum captures the essence of life in the late 1800s for the miners at Geraldine Lead Mine. Wander through this quaint stone building to see a range of interesting historical items.

  • Open Days/times:Monday 2.00am - 4.00pm | Friday to Sunday 2.00am - 4.oopm
  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday

Description

Step outside and visit the newly constructed machinery shed housing old farming machinery and vintage cars. It is also worth checking out the old stables, butcher building and two stone wells.

Chiverton House is believed to have been built by convicts which is particularly significant as it would make it one of the last buildings built by convicts in Western Australia.

Located in Northampton, five hours drive north of Perth and just north of Geraldton, Chiverton House Museum is one of three significant historical sites in the small mining town. Whilst in the area be sure to visit the Church of St Mary in Ara Coeli and the ruins of Gwalla Church.

Please contact the Geraldton Visitor Centre for opening and closing time as the vary

Geraldton Regional Art Gallery

GRAG is proud to present a diverse and stimulating exhibition program from local, state, national and international sources.

  • Open Days/times:Monday - Saturday 10am – 4pm, Public Holidays 1pm – 4pm
  • Galleries:Painting,Photography,Sculpture

Details

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

Description

Housed in the heritage listed, turn of the century Town Hall building, the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery opened in 1984 as Western Australia's first regional A-Class venue. The Gallery is the City of Greater Geraldton's principal arts institution, serving arts and culture to the Midwest region's residents and tourists. GRAG also houses the City of Greater Geraldton's Art Collection.
 
Not only does GRAG host touring exhibitions curated by the nation's leading Art Galleries, special exhibitions are curated in house with the State's best and brightest artists being selected to reflect local themes.
 
The Gallery's flagship exhibition, the Mid West Art Prize occurs biannually and is open to all artists practising throughout the State. Established in 2011 with a non-acquisitive $45,000 prize pool, the Mid West Art Prize continues to be a staple in the Western Australia's Art Prize calendar.
 
The Gallery conducts new education and workshop activities each exhibition period, including artist's talks, film nights, lectures and even speed dating! To utilise the space for your next function please contact the Gallery staff for Gallery hire fees.
 
The Geraldton Regional Art Gallery is managed and funded by the City of Greater Geraldton with support from the State Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

 

Greenough

Take a journey through Greenough and you’ll find yourself transported back in time.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

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

Description

In Greenough, among the gloriously restored historical buildings and the patchwork of crops and rolling hills, you’ll find a sense of timelessness and a feeling of romance reminiscent of the past. It’s little wonder, considering the Central Greenough Historical Settlement (formerly known as the Greenough Hamlet), is considered among the country’s best-preserved 19th century towns.
In the heart of this historic village lies a collection of 11 buildings, including the former jail, courthouse, police station, churches and a school. And while these buildings today operate just for tourists, you need only spend a little time here to feel transported to another time.

Close your eyes while standing in the cool confines of the jail and you can almost hear the clank of chains and the shuffle of prisoners. Or step inside the courthouse and imagine the trials once heard here and the sentences handed down.

The village was formed in 1865 to service the surrounding pioneer farmers, who struck out north from the expanding Swan River Settlement in a bid to eke out a living from the land.

Today the village is complemented by an ever-growing series of interpretative material, which opens your eyes to the area’s most colourful stories. There’s also a stylish cafe set alongside the village – just the spot to sip a coffee while overlooking the buildings.
The Central Greenough Historical Settlement is the centrepiece of an entire suite of historical buildings and areas of interest on the Greenough/Walkaway Heritage Trail.

The trail takes in some 36 historical buildings and starts from the Pioneer Museum. Located in the former home of Greenough pioneers John Maley and Elizabeth Waldeck, the museum is the oldest in the Mid West. The couple moved here in 1862 and raised 14 children in the region. Today the museum is run by passionate Greenough historian Gary Martin and provides a fascinating insight into the everyday life of Greenough’s pioneers.

The heritage trail also includes the Pioneer Cemetery – a moving tribute to the men, women and children who first settled in the area. The inscriptions on the tombstones are moving and enable visitors to imagine the lives lead by these hardy pioneers.
While on the heritage trail you’ll also cross the Old Convict Bridge, which passes over the Greenough River, and visit the historic Hampton Arms Inn, which has a restaurant, motel, bar and a rare secondhand bookshop. The inn was the first to operate in the district, opening in 1863, and has been beautifully maintained and restored. The Hampton Arms Inn is also rumoured to be haunted by a local stonemason who was killed in a fight in the bar many years ago.

The heritage trail continues by the Walkaway Railway Station Museum, giving travellers an insight into the region’s transport history, and on to the modern day Alinta Wind Farm – the second largest in Australia.

You’ll finish your journey at the scenic Ellendale Pool – a permanent water hole framed by rust-red rock walls and renowned as being an important site for the Aboriginal people who lived here, long before Europeans first arrived.

The Central Greenough Historical Settlement is located about 20km south of Geraldton. Several gorgeous bed and breakfasts operate in the area and further accommodation is available in Geraldton.

Greenough Museum & Gardens

The Greenough Museum & Gardens is much more than a traditional house museum. Come visit us and you will be pleasantly surprised.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:9AM - 3.30PM

Details

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

Description

Discover the social history of Greenough in the spacious rooms of what was once Greenough's largest house. Built between 1862-80 for John Stephen Maley, his wife Elizabeth (nee Waldeck) and their 14 children, this home has now been serving as a local history museum for over 50 years. Over the last few years the museum has been transformed, making it more interactive and family friendly. Whilst here also take time to wander through Elizabeth's Garden, the Community Veggie Garden and marvel at what could be Australia's oldest leaning gum tree.

Macpherson Homestead

The heritage-listed homestead of the Macpherson family, who settled in Carnamah in 1868.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

  • Facilities:Free

Description

The heritage listed Macpherson Homestead was one of the first buildings in the district, and following restoration is standing strong aged over 135 years.

It is located just one kilometre east of the Carnamah townsite via a marked driveway on the north side of the Carnamah-Bunjil Road.

The homestead and its grounds can be visited at anytime. If you would like to look inside please make prior arrangements by telephone with George on 08 9951 1690, or Jill on 08 9951 1575 or 0458 576 758.

See also Macpherson Homestead on our website and Virtual Musuem: Macpherson Family.

Walkaway Station Museum

The Walkaway Station Museum is an impressive museum which will be of great interest to any rail enthusiast or historian.

  • Open Days/times:Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 1.00pm to 4.00pm
  • Museums:Local History,Other

Details

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

Description

Wander through the beautiful old railway station building to visualise how the station would have operated in the late 1800s. See where the station master lived and worked and learn about the history of this small community.

There are documents and memorabilia relating to the history of the Midland Railway Company. The museum also has records of local burials, family histories and photographs and other social history from the Walkaway area and surroundings. In the grounds there is an old locomotive called B6, the only one of its type left in the world. It is planned to put B6 in the Goods Shed (when refurbished) and other rolling stock will also be brought in for display.

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