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Dardanup Heritage Park

Travel back in time with one of the finest collections of heritage items from our pioneering past.

  • Open Days/times:Wednesday & Sunday, 9:30am - 4pm
  • Museums:Farming,Local History,Military

Details

  • Open Days:Wednesday,Sunday

Description

Located in Dardanup approximately 15 minutes from Bunbury in WA. This is a world class collection of working agricultural and industrial machinery from our pioneering past.

Gary Brookes's passion for collecting old machinery led to the establishment of the Park. Steam / Diesel sawmill, mill settlement, engines, tractors, dozers, horse drawn equip, military, memorabilia and much more.

The park is one of Australia’s finest collections of heritage items dedicated to our pioneers and the equipment they used to develop our state over the past 120 years. 

NOTE: This is a cash-only premises.

Goldfields War Museum

Displays from the Boer War, WW1, WW2 and Vietnam featuring a collection of memorabilia. Includes photographs, military equipment and uniforms.

  • Museums:Local History,Military
  • Open Days/times:MON - FRI 10AM - 4PM, SUN 10AM - NOON

Details

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

Description

The Goldfields War Museum houses a vast collection of war memorabilia from citizens of the Goldfields. Walk through the rotating displays and discover the significant involvement residents of the town played during the Boer War, WWI, WWII and Vietnam; this is an enriching experience for anyone with an interest in Australia’s history of warfare.  Examine photographs, documents and objects on display to gain an in-depth understanding of the wars.

In April 2010 a 5.2 magnitude earthquake struck Kalgoorlie-Boulder and as a result the Goldfields War Museum suffered extensive damage and was closed.  A small part of the exhibition has been relocated to the Kalgoorlie Town Hall – 1st Floor, corner of Hannan and Wilson Streets. Opening times are Monday to Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm. 

The City’s Local History Archives are also located on the 1st Floor of the Kalgoorlie Town Hall. Opening times Tuesday and Friday 9:00am – 12noon.

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

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.

Kununurra Museum

In 2017 visit Kununurra Museum to see the Wirraway-Challenge Display or view it on YouTube (link below)

  • Museums:Local History,Military

Details

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

Description

March 20th 2017 will mark 75 years since the forced landing of Wirraway A20-62, on the far north Kimberley NT-border coastal saltmarsh after engine failure over the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf. From an East Kimberley at war, comes a story of survival of two RAAF 12 Squadron pilots who force-landed Wirraway A20-62 on March 20th 1942, and subsequent rescue by Charlie Pretlove and four Aboriginal stockmen form Carlton Hill Station.

In 2005 (on March 20th : ) when we got the pilot, Lew Dwyer to Kununurra to open the display, he was pleased to meet descendants of those Aboriginal stockmen who had gone out on horseback to rescue them. The rescuers in 1942 were Waddi Boyoi (Head Stockman), his brother Joe, Grant Njabidg [and George Carlton]. Just weeks after Darwin's first air-raid, this was the same day as air-raids on Broome and Derby, so their forced-landing may have been a blessing in disguise, as their mission to Drysdale (River Mission), may have meant an encounter with the enemy.

March 20th - 'Wirraway-Challenge' Day (annually) at the Kununurra Museum, run by the Kununurra Historical Society. [Wirraway means Challenge!]

Read more and see the 8 x part (DVD) - as digital videos from the Kununurra Museum YouTube Channel now embedded on the KHS 'Wirraway-Challenge' page

http://www.kununurra.org.au/research/wirraway-challenge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_z4-bX6AkA 

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

Details

  • 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.

National Anzac Centre

The National Anzac Centre is an award-winning facility that creates a deeply personal connection with the past, as well as pay tribute to those who served.

  • Museums:Military

Details

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

Description

Opened on the 1st of November 2014 by the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand, the interpretive content that forms part of the interactive experience was developed by the Western Australian Museum and the Australian War Memorial and is delivered via a series of interactive visual and audible displays. The experience delivered at the NAC is known for commemorating the war through the stories of the Anzacs as opposed to telling its own story via pro-war or anti-war sentiments.

The symbolic location of the centre, selected for its strong sense of place as it looks out across King George Sound, forms an important part of the interpretation. The dramatic architecture, featuring spectacular vistas of the Sound, purposefully enhances the narrative and creates a contemplative space. The building design lends itself to a telescopic view overlooking the location from where the convoys gathered and then left.

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
  • Open Days/times:Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm

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.

Princess Royal Fortress

The award winning National Anzac Centre is one of Australia’s most important cultural pilgrimages. Located within Albany’s heritage listed Princess Royal Fortress, overlooking the harbour.

  • Museums:Local History,Military
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri 9AM - 5PM

Details

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

Description

Princess Royal Fortress is located on Mt Adelaide overlooking King George Sound in Albany. The fortress was established in 1893 to protect Albany and its harbour from the threat of invasion, acting as a deterrent until being decommissioned in 1956. Today the museum consists of restored original buildings, coastal gun emplacements and military displays and is open to the public from 9am to 5pm every day of the year, other than Christmas Day. Enjoy a family day out, learn more about Australia’s coastal defences and get up close and personal with the big guns.

 

The award winning National Anzac Centre is one of Australia’s most important cultural pilgrimages.

Located within Albany’s heritage listed Princess Royal Fortress, and surrounded by stunning biodiversity, the centre overlooks the actual harbour from which over 41,000 men and woman departed Australia for the Great War.

Immerse yourself in the Anzac Legend and follow the personal stories of the men and women who served through state of the art technology, multimedia and historic artefacts. Follow the personal stories of the service men and women who served in the First World War, and leave with a sense of pride, and reflection on their sacrifices. The National Anzac Centre is open to the public from 9am to 5pm with last entry at 4pm, every day of the year, other than Christmas Day.

 

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.

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:Military,Maritime

Details

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

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.

WA Shipwrecks Museum

The WA Shipwrecks Museum is recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere.

  • Museums:Maritime,State Museums,Military
  • Open Days/times:9.30AM - 5PM

Details

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

Description

The Museum is housed in 1850s-era Commissariat building and has since been restored to its historic glory. Steeped in history, the galleries house hundreds of relics from ships wrecked along WA’s treacherous coastline, including the original timbers from the Batavia (wrecked in 1629), the de Vlamingh Dish, and also countless artefacts from the Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck.

Western Australian Maritime Museum

The Western Australian Maritime Museum, located in Fremantle's bustling port, is a unique, modern venue overlooking the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean.

  • Museums:Maritime,State Museums,Military
  • Open Days/times:9.30AM - 5PM

Details

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

Description

The Western Australian Maritime Museum, located in Fremantle's bustling port, is a unique, modern venue overlooking the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean. Sweeping glass is the main feature of the building and you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the harbour in four out of the five world-class venue spaces.

The Museum houses several unique galleries that explore WA's maritime relationship. From leisure boats and handcrafted sailing boats to commercial pearl luggers, the Museum inspires visitors to discover WA’s affinity with the ocean.

The Museum is home to the winning America's Cup yacht, Australia II, an Oberon class submarine — HMAS Ovens, Jon Sanders’ Parry Endeavour and many other iconic vessels from WA's maritime history.

The WA Maritime Museum is as versatile as it is spectacular, able to accommodate anything from small groups up to 500 people. There is an opportunity to integrate your event with the museum's displays providing guests with a private viewing of the any fascinating artefacts on show.

The awards-winning building design offers beautiful, unique spaces for our event clients providing ideal venue spaces for weddings, galas, banquets, cocktail functions and corporate events such as conferences, products launches, presentations, meetings and tradeshows.

With a dedicated team of event specialists to assist with all your planning needs and spaces guaranteed to deliver wow-factor, the museum is the perfect location for your next event.

Wireless Hill Museum

Previously used by the Noongar Beeliar Aboriginal people as a lookout and a place to send smoke signals, Wireless Hill became the site of Applecross Wireless Station in 1912.

  • Museums:Local History,Military,Science
  • Open Days/times:Opens April 2019

Details

Description

Previously used by the Noongar Beeliar Aboriginal people as a lookout and a place to send smoke signals, Wireless Hill became the site of Applecross Wireless Station in 1912.
 
The Wireless Station was one of Australia’s first links with radio technology and was used for telecommunications during World War One and World War Two. Using Morse Code, the Station communicated with ships off the Australian coast using a mast that was 112 metres tall. For a historical timeline of the Station, click here.
 
In 1968 the Station was vacated and it is now listed on the Western Australian Register of Heritage Places. Located within the old Engine Room of the Station, Wireless Hill Museum currently hosts regular exhibitions, educational talks, school holiday activities, and a Museum Learning Program.
 

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