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Aviation Heritage Museum of Western Australia

The aim of the Museum is to promote and preserve our Aviation Heritage for the enjoyment and understanding of our past in the air for today's and future generations.

  • Museums:Aviation
  • Open Days/times:10AM - 4PM

Details

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

Description

The Museum is housed in two huge pavillions and contains a magnificent display of 30 military and civilian aircraft aero engines, models and other aviation memorabilia.

Cockman House

Discover this heritage gem and the people that live here, in the oldest remaining house in the Wanneroo area.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:2PM - 5PM

Details

  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:Sunday

Description

Cockman House provides a unique opportunity for teachers and students to encounter what life was like in the past and learn about the families that lived here over a 130 year period.

Completed in 1860, this family home of three generations is a rare historic place of continuous residence by descendants of the original building. It presents a pioneer story that began with James and Mary Ann Cockman at the beginning of the Swan River Colony and progresses alongside the development of the Wanneroo district.

OPEN: Every Sunday 2:00pm - 5:00pm Closed all of February
Entry by donation

School Groups welcome Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.
Bookings required. For more information:
Phone: (08) 9405 5906
Email: [email protected]

Duyfken Replica Foundation

Duyfken is the first known European ship to visit Australia -- 164 years before the arrival of Captain James Cook.

  • Museums:Maritime
  • Open Days/times:BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

Duyfken is the first known European ship to visit Australia -- 164 years before the arrival of Captain James Cook. Nearly 400 years later a working full-scale replica was built in Western Australia to tell the 'Duyfken story' to Australia. You are invited to participate in the exciting replica project by visiting the replica in museum mode, sail on it or become a volunteer. There are rich, rewarding and exciting educational experiences here for all ages.
 
The Duyfken replica has been acclaimed around the world as the finest "Age of Discovery" replica ship ever built. The Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation was formed in 1993 to build the ship and after her first voyage in 2000 the ship has sailed the world's oceans.
 
Enjoy the Duyfken story which is still being told.

EDCC Earth Science Museum

The Museum offers a simple and interactive way for visitors of all ages to discover and explore earth sciences.

  • Open Days/times:Mon, Wed & Fri 9:30am to 5pm, Sat 2pm to 5pm
  • Museums:Science

Details

  • Facilities:Free,Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:Monday,Wednesday,Friday,Saturday

Description

More than a thousand school students are treated each year to rare experiences such as touching a meteorite, creating their own (non-destructive) earthquake and handling some of Western Australia’s unusual minerals.

The Museum is part of the School of Earth and Environment.

Edward De Courcy Clark Earth Science Museum

The Museum offers a simple and interactive way for visitors of all ages to discover and explore earth sciences.

  • Open Days/times:Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30am - 5pm.
  • Museums:Natural History,Science

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Wednesday,Friday

Description

More than a thousand school students are treated each year to rare experiences such as touching a meteorite, creating their own (non-destructive) earthquake and handling some of Western Australia’s unusual minerals.

Fire and Emergency Education and Heritage Centre

The Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) Education and Heritage Centre is located in the original Perth Central Fire Station.

  • Museums:Local History,Other
  • Open Days/times:10AM - 3PM

Details

  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access,Free
  • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday

Description

Now refurbished, the old station characterises both past and present emergency services’ through displays dedicated to the history of Western Australian (WA) fire services and a natural hazards and disasters education gallery.

Fremantle Prison

Built by convicts in the 1850s, Fremantle Prison was used as a place of incarceration for 136 years before being decommissioned in 1991.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:9AM - 5PM

Details

  • Facilities:Cafe,Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Fremantle Prison was built as a convict barracks in the 19th century and remained in continual use until 1991. The Prison was a place of hangings, floggings, dramatic convict escapes and prisoner riots. Inmates included imperial convicts, colonial prisoners, enemy aliens, prisoners of war and maximum-security detainees.

Visitors can step inside and do time with Fremantle Prison’s experienced guides on a range of fascinating tours. Prison Day Tours highlight convict and prison life, daring escapes and colourful characters in tales laced with prison humour. Visitors with a spirit for adventure can descend 20 meters below the Prison to explore a one kilometre labyrinth of tunnels by foot and by boat on an underground Tunnels Tour or delve into the darker side of the Prison's history at night on a spooky Torchlight Tour.

Bookings are essential for Tunnels Tours and Torchlight Tours.

Mt Flora Regional Museum

Visit Mt Flora Regional Museum and discover the rich and diverse history of the City of Stirling. Explore the history through photographs, displays, artefacts and stories. It is worth a visit to Mount Flora Regional Museum for the view alone!

  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday

Description

Attractions
The exhibits at the Mt Flora Regional Museum offer a look into region’s past through photographs and artefacts.

Permanent exhibitions include:
Shipwrecks
Whaling
Early days of school.
The mezzanine floor focuses on social history, where visitors can look through ‘windows in the past’ and see what typical rooms were like in the early days. For example, one exhibit is a 1940s kitchen showing utensils at the time, such as a wood stove, and a dining room set for a family dinner.

Go up the stairs to the panoramic lookout and you get one of the best views in the northern suburbs. In 1942 the Defence Forces also utilised the building as an observation post, and you can still see the fantastic view today.

A mural by Anne-Maree Pelusey is painted on the walls of the lookout and features about 300 local fish.

Outside the museum, there is a large grassy park with a children’s playground and picnic area.


About the museum
The Mt Flora Regional Museum is housed in a 1936 water tank originally built for North Beach residents. After being phased out of service in the 1970s, the City of Stirling and the North Suburban Historical Society developed the facility into a museum.


Visiting the Museum
Location
Mount Flora Regional Museum
Elvire Street, Watermans Bay

Wheelchair and general disabled access is available from the car park to the ground floor and the park area. Off street parking is also available.

Opening hours
Sundays, 1.30pm – 4.30pm. Open other times by appointment.


Museum tours
Our museum curator hosts guided tours where he relates local stories and informs visitors about the historical background of the museum site and building.

Community and school groups are encouraged to visit.

Please call to book a tour. 

Museum of Performing Arts

The Museum of Performing Arts houses more than 40,000 catalogued items of theatre memorabilia collected by the theatre's historian. Items such as glamorous costumes, photographs, press clippings, scripts, scores and other historic pieces are publicly exhibited at the Museum, DownStairs at the Maj, with a new exhibition to view every six to eight weeks. The oldest item in the Museum collection dates back to 1854 - a beautiful silk programme from a Perth performance of amateur theatricals.

  • Museums:Local History,Other
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri 10AM - 4PM

Details

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

Description

HISTORY AND TOURS OF THE MUSEUM OF PERFORMING ARTS

Throughout its colourful and exciting history, His Majesty's Theatre has hosted a myriad of performance genres - from ballet to contemporary dance, opera to musical theatre, vaudeville to stand-up comedy, Shakespearean drama to pantomime and more.

Performers who have graced the stage at 'The Maj' include: Dame Nellie Melba, Anna Pavlova, Gladys Moncrieff, Dame Margot Fonteyn and Sir Robert Helpmann, as well as Academy Award winners Katharine Hepburn, Vivien Leigh, Sir John Gielgud, Claudette Colbert, Rex Harrison and Geoffrey Rush.


These performers, and thousands more who have performed at His Majesty's Theatre since 1904, have all contributed to the cultural and social livelihood of Western Australia. In a fitting celebration of this, in February 2001, His Majesty's Theatre opened the Museum of Performing Arts.

The Museum of Performing Arts is curated by Theatre Historian Ivan King and Friends of His Majesty's Theatre are only too happy to assist with enquiries.

Read the biography of Theatre Historian Ivan King.

The Museum of Performing Arts houses more than 40,000 catalogued items of theatre memorabilia collected by the theatre's historian. Items such as glamorous costumes, photographs, press clippings, scripts, scores and other historic pieces are publicly exhibited at the Museum, DownStairs at the Maj, with a new exhibition to view every six to eight weeks. The oldest item in the Museum collection dates back to 1854 - a beautiful silk programme from a Perth performance of amateur theatricals.

Find out about our various theatre tours including: Grand Historical, Behind the Scenes, School Education and Technical.

To access the extensive collection of archival production photographs, visit the Museum of Performing Arts website at www.mopa.com.au 

Museum Of Perth

The Museum of Perth chronicles the social, cultural, political and architectural history of Perth.

  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm
  • Museums:Local History

Details

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

Description

Our exhibition gallery serves as a meeting place of ideas and stories, a retail space, micro-cinema and a cultural hub in a part of our city that is in flux. 

The Museum is an initiative of the Perth History Association Inc, a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2015; We are seeking volunteers and financial supporters to help us along the way, so please get in touch if you would like to help. 

 

New Museum

Opening 2020

  • Open Days/times:Opening 2020
  • Museums:Local History,Natural History,State Museums

Details

Description

The New Museum for Western Australia is one of the most significant museum redevelopments in the world today, and one of which all Western Australians should be incredibly proud.

Developed in the heart of the Perth Cultural Centre, it will share the stories of our people and place, acting as a gateway to explore all of Western Australia. It will reflect the extraordinary history, distinctiveness, creativity and diversity of our State and region.

Over the course of the project, and long after the doors have opened in 2020, the people of WA will be invited to contribute to the way we present the stories of our past, present and future. We will encourage dialogue, debate and the sharing of multiple perspectives to identify the stories and experiences that are important to our State.

We have an unprecedented opportunity to create a museum that is both reflective and worthy of WA. Our ambition is to be an excellent and vibrant Museum, valued and used by all Western Australians and admired by the world.

Old Court House Law Museum

The Old Court House Law Museum is unique to Australia and one of a very small number of law museums worldwide. It is housed in the City of Perth's oldest building, constructed in 1836.

  • Museums:Local History,Other
  • Open Days/times:Tue - Fri 10AM - 4PM

Details

  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

The museum's objective is to promote understanding of the law, legal issues and the legal profession in Western Australia’s community and to preserve the history of the law and the legal profession in this state. The museum is a community service managed by the Law Society of Western Australia and is sponsored by the Public Purposes Trust and the Department of the Attorney General.

Early Days
The Old Court House is Perth’s oldest remaining public building and was the most prominent building in the early days of the Swan River Colony. For the first six years of the Colony, court was held in the Anglican Church of St James: a small building with rush walls and thatched roof.

In 1836 Governor Stirling called for tenders for the construction of a new court and accepted the lowest bid of £698. The building was designed by the Colony’s Civil Engineer, Henry William Reveley. When it opened in 1837 it also served as a church for all denominations and a schoolroom.

Concert Hall
The Old Court House was important in the early musical life of the colonists and was the scene of the first public concert. In 1846, Dom Salvado, a Spanish Benedictine Monk, gave a piano recital in the courtroom to raise funds to develop a mission. Salvado walked more than 100 kilometres to Perth from near New Norcia and gave a Bellini recital to a packed audience in the ragged clothes he arrived in.


Trial of John Gaven
The trial of John Gaven, the first European executed in the Colony, took place in the Old Court House in 1844. Gaven, a petty thief, was 15 years old when he was transported from Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight and apprenticed to the Pollard family in the South West. Within a few months of his arrival, he was accused of the murder of 18 year old George Pollard. He was found guilty in the Old Court House and was hanged three days later outside the Roundhouse in Fremantle on Easter Saturday.


Convicts
In February 1849 a meeting of State importance was held in the Old Court House. In response to a labour shortage, farmers and merchants called a meeting at which a motion was passed in favour of a full penal colony. The following year convicts began to arrive.


Representative Government
The Old Court House was the venue for a public meeting to demand Representative Government. The demands were unsuccessful until 1870.

Arbitration Court
From 1905 to 1964 the State Industrial Arbitration Court proceedings were held in the Old Court House.

Law Society of Western Australia
From 1965 -1987 the Old Court House served as the office of the Law Society of Western Australia.

In 1987 the building was refurbished and opened to the public as the Francis Burt Law Education Centre and Museum - one of the few law museums worldwide.

In 1992 the Court House was listed by the National Trust as a Heritage Site.  

Today the Old Court House Law Museum houses exhibition galleries and court room.  It is  home to the Francis Burt Law Education Programme.

 

 

Paintings from the Numina Sisters

Exquisite paintings by the Numina artists, Sharon, Selina, Caroline and Lanita Numina, are available online. The exhibition runs from 3 April to 12 May 2020

  • Open Days/times:Online Exhibition is open 24/7
  • Represented Artists:Sharon, Selina, Caroline and Lanita Numina
  • Galleries:Painting,Aboriginal,Art Gallery
  • Museums:Aboriginal

Details

  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

Four sisters from the talented Numina family of artists have painted aspects of their ancestral country and their cultural ties to the land.

Four main stories emerge from the paintings. Bush Seeds – My Country relates to the harvesting of seeds used for making flour and damper, a staple food of traditional life. Seeds were valued and spread around watering places to encourage bountiful growth of native plants.

Bush Medicine Leaves refers to the plants harvested for traditional medicine practices, often to boil the leaves in water over the fire.

Water Dreaming relates to the critical knowledge of waterholes, including the Creation stories tied to those places and the way the water sites are linked together by the stories.

Dingo Dreaming and Emu Dreaming are the final two of the five stories, related to Creation stories and the role of native fauna in the traditions of Anmatyerre people.

Peninsula Farm

  • (08) 9272 2630

Located on the banks of the Swan River off Johnson Road, Maylands, is one of the first farms in the colony and the earliest metro residence still standing.

  • Open Days/times:Friday to Sunday 12.30 pm to 4 pm
  • Museums:Farming,Local History
  • Historical Sites:Farmhouses

Details

Description

As the site of one of the first farms in the colony and the earliest residence still standing in the metropolitan area, Peninsula Farm offers a unique opportunity to explore the first years of European settlement in Western Australia.

Planet Shark: Predator or Prey

Leave the outside world behind as you immerse yourself in the incredible underwater world of sharks with our new exhibition at the WA Maritime Museum: Planet Shark: Predator or Prey.

  • Open Days/times:Saturday 6 July – Sunday 10 November. Open daily 9.30am – 5pm
  • Represented Artists:Planet Shark: Predator or Prey exhibition
  • Museums:Maritime,Natural History,Other,Science

Details

  • Wheelchair Access:Yes
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

Description

Leave the outside world behind as you immerse yourself in the incredible underwater world of sharks!

Our latest exhibition at the WA Maritime Museum will take you on a journey through millions of years of evolution, leaving you with a whole new level of respect for the ocean’s oldest and most effective predator.

Produced on a size and scale never seen in Australia before, Planet Shark includes awe-inspiring models of real sharks, an extraordinary collection of shark teeth and jaws, and extremely old and rare fossils—some up to 370 million years old.

This exhibition also includes a walk through gallery where you will be mesmerised by stunning HD projections of underwater shark footage.

Whether sharks fill you with fear or fascination, Planet Shark: Predator or Prey will have you captivated from start to finish. Don’t miss out on this unique experience for young and old alike!

WA Maritime Museum

Exhibitions runs: Saturday 6 July – Sunday 10 November

Open daily 9.30am – 5pm

Various ticket prices; group discounts available - and kids under 5 free!

Purchase your tickets now from museum.wa.gov.au/planet-shark

Railway Museum Bassendean

The Railway Museum at Bassendean, Perth Western Australia is Western Australia's premier museum devoted to railway history. The collection is highly significant as it is the only such one in Western Australia that aims to tell the story of all railways across the state. Other collections focus on one aspect or a region.

  • Museums:Local History,Motoring
  • Open Days/times:Wed 1PM - 4PM, Sun 1PM - 5PM

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Sunday

Description

The majority of the collection is from the Western Australian Government Railways. There are also items representative of the extensive timber lines and gold mines that operated in the state as well as the private lines such as the Midland Railway Company.

The collection spans the whole spectrum of railway history. From Katie which was placed in service in 1881 when the Fremantle to Guildford Railway was built through to more modern diesel locomotives. Therefore whether you are interested is the heavy freight V class steam locomotives or the tiny 20 inch gauge mine locomotive 'Freudie' there is something to interest you at the museum. Four different railway gauges are exhibited. Live steam is a feature of the annual RailFest day - usually in October.

Various passenger carriages and freight wagons that formed an integral part of the railway scene can also be appreciated. A number of these date back to the 19th century. The 1947 "Australind" buffet car is loved by children when hired for their own private birthday party.

The exhibition building houses an extensive collection of railway artefacts and photographs telling the story of railways in Western Australia.

If arriving by train use the Ashfield Railway Station on the Midland line.

OPEN TIMES

Sundays : 1.00pm - 5.00pm
Wednesdays : 1.00pm - 4.00pm
School and group visits: Wednesday mornings (in addition to above times)
To arrange group bookings please contact:
ADMISSION

Adults $9.00, Concessions $7.00 and Children $4.00 (4 - 14 years).
(Children under 4 yrs free). 

Royal Perth Hospital Museum

Royal Perth We have hosted many significant medical breakthroughs, and have an enviable global reputation that includes Nobel Prize-winning discoveries . Western Australia’s longest-serving hospital.

  • Museums:Local History,Other
  • Open Days/times:Wed & Thu 9AM - 2PM

Details

  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday

Description

Established in 1829 Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) is Western Australia’s longest-serving hospital and renowned for contributing to innovation and excellence in medical research and patient care. We have one of the busiest Emergency Departments in Australia and the second biggest trauma workload in the country.
 
As a premier teaching hospital, RPH has a number of joint appointments with the universities and built a global reputation in research and innovation. We have hosted many significant medical breakthroughs, and have an enviable global reputation that includes Nobel Prize-winning discoveries.
 
Our dedicated team of health care professionals and patient support staff provide exceptional care and are committed to provide safe, high-quality and efficient services to our patients. Together with our 500 volunteers, we provide Western Australians with a supportive and compassionate service.
 
RPH is a 450-bed hospital, continuing to provide an extensive range of services including:
 
adult major trauma
complex and elective surgery
highly specialised surgical services
tertiary mental health
specialist medical services
a range of same-day clinical support services.
Royal Perth Hospital respectfully acknowledge the past and present traditional owners, the Wadjuk people. It is a privilege to be working on Wadjuk country. We also acknowledge the contributions and collaboration of Aboriginal Australians and non-Aboriginal Australians towards the health and wellbeing of all people in this country, we all live and share together – Australia.
 
RPH is part of the East Metropolitan Health Service, one of the fastest growing health services in Western Australia.

Royal Western Australian Historical Society

The Northampton Historical Society was formed in 1969 and meets in Chiverton House (pictured above) which was built c 1865-85 and sits in the main street in the town. This building is owned by the Shire but given exclusively to the Historical Society, which runs it as a museum.

  • Museums:Local History

Details

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

Description

The Northampton Historical Society was formed in 1969 and meets in Chiverton House (pictured above) which was built c 1865-85 and sits in the main street in the town. This building is owned by the Shire but given exclusively to the Historical Society, which runs it as a museum. The area saw the very first mining activity in the state – originally for tin - so the museum highlights this activity.

The museum has a collection of documents, old School books diaries and letters and a large collection of photographs from past residents. The backyard of the house has a collection of old farm machinery.

The Society has 54 members and volunteers, and meets on the 3rd Friday of the month at 4pm. Volunteers open the museum from 10 – 12 & 2 – 4 Sat/Sun/Mon/Wed/Friday. Admission $3 Adults, 50c Students. Volunteers also deal with requests for information. The Society sells an informational  pamphlet Looking Back  by Captain Mitchell

The district contains the Gwalia mine site – settled c1863 which now has interpretive signs, as does the Lynton Convict Hiring Depot 1853-57 on the Port Gregory/ Kalbarri road

Scitech

Scitech is Western Australia's leading science education centre that offers engaging and interactive science experiences for visitors of all ages.

  • Museums:Science
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri 9.30AM - 4PM, Sat & Sun 10AM - 5PM

Details

  • Facilities:Cafe,Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Scitech is Western Australia's leading science education centre that offers engaging and interactive science experiences for visitors of all ages.

Featuring over 100 hands-on and engaging exhibits, Scitech encourage visitors to touch, twist, turn, question and explore.

Scitech features:

  • Two feature exhibitions
  • Daily shows in the Lotterywest Science and Puppet Theatres
  • An in-house CSIRO Lab
  • Australasia’s largest planetarium
  • The Discovery Shop

Scitech also has an extensive touring program that visits every regional and remote community across Western Australia. These hugely popular Outreach programs deliver science shows and experiments to eagedinoshadows updated school and community audiences. Teachers also benefit from our Professional Learning team, which offers development and support programs.

Behind-the-scenes at Scitech, our workshop team are world-renowned for creating innovative and creative exhibitions that, after being premiered at our City West centre, travel around the world to international science centres, museums and galleries.

Sisters of Mercy Perth

Catherine McAuley, along with two companions, Anna Maria Doyle and Elizabeth Harley, professed their vows and became the first Sisters of Mercy.

  • Museums:Other
  • Open Days/times:BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Details

  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

Catherine recognised the needs of those who were marginalised and oppressed by unjust social attitudes and practices of the day. She responded by establishing a House of Mercy in Dublin which provided educational, religious and social services for women and children who were at risk of homelessness through exploitation and entrenched poverty.

Coolock House

Catherine McAuley was born in Dublin on September 29, 1778 and had two siblings, James William and Mary.  Her father James died in 1783, and her mother Elinor, in 1798. In 1803 she became the household manager and companion of an elderly, childless, and wealthy Quaker couple, William and Catherine Callaghan who lived at Coolock House. She did not dream that when William Callaghan died in 1822, Catherine Callaghan having died in 1819, she would become the sole residuary legatee of their estate and much of their savings.

In 1824, her inheritance now settled, Catherine implemented a longstanding desire: she built a large house on Baggot Street, Dublin as a school for poor girls and a shelter for homeless servant girls and women.

The House of Mercy

On September 24, 1827, the House of Mercy was opened on Baggot Street in Dublin. Anna Maria Doyle and Catherine Byrne, Catherine McAuley’s first co-workers, moved into the House, while Catherine herself divided her time between Coolock House, her brother-in-law’s home, and Baggot Street.

House of Mercy, Baggot Street, Dublin

As the number of lay co-workers at Baggot Street increased, so did severe lay and clerical criticism of the House: Why did these women look like a religious order, yet not abide by the normal regulations of religious orders? Who was this “upstart” Miss McAuley? Why was the “unlearned sex” doing the work of the clergy?

By 1830, it became necessary for Catherine’s work to be formalised as a religious order. To this end, Catherine, Anna Maria Doyle, and Elizabeth Harley entered the Presentation Convent in Dublin to begin their formal preparation to become religious sisters.

On 12 December, 1831, Catherine McAuley, with two companions, made religious profession in the Presentation Convent of Georges Hill, Dublin where they had spent the previous year of the novitiate. On that day Archbishop Daniel Murray formally blessed the first Convent of Mercy at the House of Mercy in Baggot Street and Catherine was installed as mother superior of the Sisters of Mercy. A month later the Archbishop received seven of Catherine’s helpers as the first Mercy novices. These young women had worked with her from the beginning.

Catherine’s concept of a Religious Institute included an availability for ministry not typical of religious orders at that time. Feeling themselves called to serve Christ as the needs of His poor demanded and encouraged by the Archbishop, Catherine and her companions took as their special works the instruction of poor girls, visitation of the sick and the protection of distressed women of good character. They became known as the ‘walking nuns’. These sisters, who were without the usual strict enclosure and whose convents quickly became part of many dioceses, inspired local girls to see and meet local needs, and the new Institute began to spread rapidly.

Founding Mothers

The rapid expansion of the Sisters of Mercy in the first decade of the new Institute flowed from Catherine McAuley’s ever generous response to human need.

As well as in Dublin, Catherine founded seven additional autonomous Convents of Mercy around Ireland and two in England as well as two branch houses of the Dublin community. She travelled with the founding sisters by stage coach, canal boat, steam packet and railway, humorously enduring the fatigue and inconvenience such travel entailed She would remain with each Community for at least a month, anxious to “begin well,” so the poor could be immediately served. She said, “God knows I would rather be cold and hungry than that the poor in Kingstown or elsewhere should be deprived of any consolation in our power to afford.”

Back in Dublin there were many trials – her niece Catherine died of consumption in August 1837; there was a two-year controversy over appointment of a chaplain to serve the House of Mercy; a lawsuit was unfairly settled against her for the cost of building a poor school in Kingstown and her nephews Robert and James died in 1840 and 1841 respectively. In the midst of these sufferings and others, which she chose to embrace as the “Cross of Christ,” she wrote hundreds of affectionate, even humorous, letters to the sisters in the new foundations and submitted to officials in Rome her proposed Rule and Constitutions of the Sisters of Mercy. By May 1841 Catherine, now almost sixty-three, was worn out by her many labours for “Christ’s dear poor” and “tormented” by a persistent cough.

Her Final Months

Catherine’s Grave

Catherine’s energies in the summer of 1841 were occupied with retreat instructions for postulants and novices, preparations for reception and profession ceremonies and plans for the departure of the sisters to a new foundation in Birmingham, England on August 20. In Birmingham, she was tired and confined to one room and her cough worsened.

Back at Baggot Street by September 21 she saw a physician who declared her right lung “diseased.” Making light of his verdict, she nonetheless delegated some of her responsibilities to her assistant, though she herself continued to write loving letters to many sisters, scarcely mentioning her illness. At the end of October she became bed-ridden, and was anointed on November 8. As she lay dying on November 11, fully aware of the fatigue and sorrow of those around her bed, she made one last request: she asked a sister to tell the community to “get a good cup of tea when I am gone and to comfort one another”.  She died that evening at ten minutes to eight and was buried the following Monday in the newly created cemetery at Baggot Street.

At the time of her death there were 100 Sisters of Mercy in ten foundations.  Shortly thereafter, small groups of Sisters left Ireland to establish new foundations on the east and west coasts of the United States, in Newfoundland, Australia, New Zealand, and Argentina.

Total worldwide vowed membership is about 7,000. The Mercy International Centre in Dublin, Ireland, is the international “home” of the Sisters of Mercy worldwide.

In 1978, the cause for the beatification of the Servant of God Catherine McAuley was opened by Pope Paul VI. Catherine McAuley was declared Venerable by Pope John Paul II, on April 9th, 1990.

 

St John Ambulance Museum

Today’s contemporary organisation is founded on a long and proud heritage which can be traced back to the days of the first Crusades when the Knights of St John, also known as Hospitallers

  • Museums:Local History,Military,Other
  • Open Days/times:By Appointment Only

Details

  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

Description

Located at the St John Ambulance Western Australia head office in Belmont, the museum uses videos and exhibits to graphically illustrate the history of the original Order from the time of the crusades through to the present day.

Specific to WA, the museum provides examples of the organisation's insignia, first aid trophies, first aid equipment and uniforms. It also provides an overview of the work conducted at the Ophthalmic Hospital in Jerusalem.

The museum is operated on a voluntary basis and admission is free. Please call (08) 9334 1434 to arrange your visit.

Subiaco Museum

Subiaco Museum records and shares the social history of the Subiaco area.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Open Days/times:Tue - Fri 1PM - 4PM, Sat 10AM - 2PM

Details

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

Description

Discover Subiaco’s fascinating past with a visit to the Subiaco Museum. Housed in a beautiful heritage building, the museum’s collection includes objects dating back to early European settlement, tracing the history of Subiaco from Nyungah land, its role as a Benedictine monastery and the growth of the bustling suburb we know today. The collection also contains unique oral histories told by local residents as well as 3000 photographs documenting life in Subiaco from 1890 through to today. 

There are rotating temporary exhibitions focussing on specific subjects and time periods of interest, providing another insight into life in Subiaco. For information on the exhibitions currently on display at the Subiaco Museum, visit www.subiaco.wa.gov.au/museumexhibitions

Are you looking for a historically-focussed outdoor activity instead?  Download one of the museum’s eight self-guided historical walks at www.subiaco.wa.gov.au/walkingsubiaco to learn more about the past of different areas within Subiaco. 

We provide an alternative program for visitors who have hearing and visual impairments.  We work with the visitor (and their carers) one-on-one with items from our education collection.  The visitor can touch and feel the object and we discuss what the item would have been used for in the past.

We also offer school excursions and programs tailered to the National Curriculum, as well as school holiday activities and public programs (seminars and talks), so be sure to check out our website and conact us!

Submarine Ovens

The Oberon class submarine Ovens was gifted by the Federal Government to the people of Western Australia. It is open to the public as part of the Western Australian Maritime Museum. Take the tour and see first hand what conditions are like inside a real submarine.

  • Museums:Maritime,Military

Details

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

Description

The Ovens was commissioned on the 18th May 1969. During its 26 years as an operational submarine with the Australian Navy, it has participated in a large number of exercises with both Australian and Allied forces throughout Asia and the Pacific. In 1986 Ovens became the first conventional submarine to fire the harpoon missile and followed up this success in 1987 with the sinking of the former HMAS Colok with a Mk 48 torpedo during a training exercise. Upon completion of service in 1997, Ovens was decommissioned and handed over to the WA Maritime Museum in 1998. It is still in the same condition as it was then, no equipment has been removed. It is now a WA Maritime Museum exhibit that serves as a living memorial to serving submariners and those who gave their lives whilst serving from Fremantle during World War II. Guided tours of the submarine depart every half hour from the Maritime Museum starting at 10:30am and running til 3:30pm. Entry charges apply.

The Berndt Museum

Berndt Museum of Anthropology holds one of Australia's finest collections of Australian Aboriginal, contemporary and historical art and cultural materials.

  • Museums:Aboriginal,Local History

Details

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

Description

Berndt Museum of Anthropology was formally established in 1976 by the University of Western Australia. It holds one of Australia's finest collections of Australian Aboriginal, contemporary and historical art and cultural materials, as well as Asian and Melanesian collections.

Initially known as the Anthropology Research Museum, it was renamed the Berndt Museum of Anthropology in 1992. The change of name was to honour the Museum's founders and principal benefactors, Ronald M. and Catherine H. Berndt. The Museum administers the Professor Ronald M. and Dr Catherine H. Berndt Research Foundation that promotes research in the field of Aboriginal Australia.

The core collections were obtained by Ronald M. and Catherine H. Berndt during almost fifty years of fieldwork in many areas of Australia, as well as New Guinea.

These have been augmented by materials assembled by staff, graduate students and other associates of the Discipline of of Anthropology and Sociology, as well as through purchases and donations under the federal Cultural Gifts Program.

The Nostalgia Box

The Nostalgia offers a fun, unique experience for visitors to learn about the history of video games. Uncover some old friends, fun facts and unexpected creations as you explore the Museum.

  • Open Days/times:11AM - 4PM, Sat 11AM - 5PM
  • Museums:Other

Details

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

Description

The Nostalgia Box: Australia’s first and only interactive Video Game Console Museum, located in Perth. Discover how a simple bouncing-block video game created the billion-dollar gaming industry we know today. The Museum is home to an impressive collection of over 100 consoles dating from console gaming’s beginnings in the 1970s to the high-tech wonders of today. Uncover some old friends, fun facts and unexpected creations as you explore the journey of the mighty video game console.  Then replay all the classic games like Pong, Space Invaders, Super Mario, Sonic, Crash Bandicoot and many more in the gaming area. The perfect way to experience game history! Come relive your childhood again and share these magical moments with the new generation. 

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