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Museum of the Great Southern

The Museum of the Great Southern provides exhibitions, public programs, educational programs and information on the unique natural and social history of the region.

  • Museums:Aboriginal,Local History,Natural History,State Museums
  • Open Days/times:10AM - 4PM

Details

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

Description

Refurbished in July 2010, the refitted the Museum of the Great Southern overlooks picturesque Princess Royal Harbour, on the site of first European settlement in Western Australia.

The Museum of the Great Southern provides exhibitions, public programs, educational programs and information on the unique natural and social history of the region.

The Museum shares the stories of the indigenous Noongar people and the influence of Mokare, a young Noongar warrior, as well as the stories of the early settlers and convicts, and also explores the region's unique natural landscape, flora and fauna.

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

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

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.

Rottnest Museum

Built with Aboriginal labour in 1857 by Henry Vincent, this building was originally a hayshed and granary.

  • Museums:Aboriginal,Local History,Natural History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

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

Description

Today the museum displays provide a comprehensive coverage of the main themes on the island; natural history, marine wrecks, European settlement, Aboriginal prisoners, communications and recreation. It also houses a wealth of historical photographs to view.

Sisters of St John of God Heritage Centre

The Sisters of St John of God were founded in Ireland in 1871 and are an apostolic religious congregation of women. In 1907 nine Sisters arrived in Beagle Bay Mission, lead by Sr Antonio O’Brien, to minister to Aboriginal women and children. They responded to whatever works needed to be done and so commenced teaching, nursing, training of the older girls and a wide range of domestic duties.

  • Museums:Aboriginal,Local History

Details

Description

The Sisters of St John of God were founded in Ireland in 1871 and are an apostolic religious congregation of women.
 
In 1907 nine Sisters arrived in Beagle Bay Mission, lead by Sr Antonio O’Brien, to minister to Aboriginal women and children.  They responded to whatever works needed to be done and so commenced teaching, nursing, training of the older girls and a wide range of domestic duties.
 
In 1908 Sr Antonio, together with Sr Benedict Courtney, came by lugger to Broome with the intention of trying to establish a convent.  They had no money but were greatly assisted by the donation of a one room cottage near the church and some basics such as bedding provided by the Japanese and Chinese merchants.  Again they responded to needs and started St Mary’s School, took on nursing duties and taught music among other things.  They were soon accepted in Broome by all races and classes of people.
 
The story of these early years has been told in the film Sisters, Pearls & Mission Girls which has been made into a DVD.    Another form of the story was written by Pat Jacobs, historian and author, in two essays published in the book Living on the Kimberley Pearling Coast: Sisters of St John of God in the Early Twentieth Century. Both are available from the Old Convent Shop. 
 
Over the remaining years the Sisters branched out undertaking a number of ventures in Lombadina and Derby, then further afield to the desert community of Balgo Hills Mission and later to the La Grange Mission (now Bidyadanga Community) south of Broome.
 
In 2007 the Sisters celebrated one hundred years of ministry in the Kimberley. 

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 Kodja Place & Kojonup Visitor Centre

The effort of hundreds of local volunteers is evident in the design and construction of The Kodja Place. It demonstrates the significance of Noongar and Wadjela cultures in the district.

  • Open Days/times:Mon - Sun 9AM - 5PM
  • Museums:Aboriginal

Details

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

Description

The Kodja Place is the result of the district’s cultures working in harmony with a single goal. An architecturally designed, purpose-built rammed earth building houses a multifaceted display of artefacts, stories, interactive displays, exhibits, pictures, and entertaining hands-on devices adjacent to a spectacular Rose Maze.

It tells in a vital, vivid, human and sometimes confronting manner the Kojonup story and the influences, cultural, economic and geographic, that formed the Kojonup of today.

Several areas make up The Kodja Place and its story:

The Kodj Gallery
Yoondi's Mia Mia
The Story Place
The Australian Rose Maze

The effort of hundreds of local volunteers is evident in the design and construction of The Kodja Place. It demonstrates the significance of Noongar and Wadjela cultures in the district, and exists as a graphic illustration of the evolution of a multitude of similar communities across Australia. 

The impact of government policies and other cultures on the local Aboriginal way of life is acknowledged while at the same time a forceful demonstration of the reconciliation 

process is clearly presented. 
 
It provides a focal point for local cross-cultural harmony, and its existence, its activities and its success provide a source of community pride, a community meeting place and a pivotal expression of the cultural makeup of Kojonup.
 
It shows visitors this expression in an entertaining, colourful and fascinating manner, and invites you to share in the spirit of the people who have made it possible - the people of Kojonup. 

 

Wanneroo Regional Museum

Located within Wanneroo's Cultural Centre, this museum showcases and celebrates the changes through history of the local area with over 300 objects and photographs on display depicting local life over the ages. What's more, there is a fabulous little children's area where little folk can get hands-on experience in the market gardening trade.

  • Museums:Aboriginal,Local History
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri 10AM - 4PM, Sat 12PM - 4PM, Sun 11AM - 3PM

Details

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

Description

Bring the kids and take them on a journey of exploration and education. Whilst my little one was too young to appreciate many of the antiquities on show; this is a great place to take little people and show them 'how we used to live'. There are numerous exhibits, many with audio visual and interactive displays that deepen the learning opportunities available. The changing technology display would certainly be a great eye opener for children of today who might enjoy finding out how Wanneroo locals existed before electricity. There are also some fabulous rural artefacts, and a rare 'buka' on show; believed to be the only kangaroo skin cloak on display outside of the Museum of WA.  

 

 

 

Western Australian Medical Museum

The museum offers many exhibitions including an operating theatre, aboriginal medicine, early pharmaceuticals, dental workshop and surgery and many more.

  • Museums:Aboriginal,Local History,Science
  • Open Days/times:Wed 10.30AM - 4PM, Sun 2PM - 4PM

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Sunday

Description

The museum occupies the heritage-listed Harvey House, which became Perth's first maternity hospital in 1916. Admission is only 4$ for adults and 1$ for children.

Some of the other exhibitions include: iron lung and polio display, early hospital artefacts and equipment, hands-on electronic equipment, King Edward Memorial Hospital's original X-ray department, pathology and physiotherapy, the Royal Flying Doctor, nursing during Wartime, general practitioner's surgery, ophthalmology display, early pharmaceuticals, test for colour blindness and Chloe, their oldest exhibit.

Come in for a visit!

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