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Albany Town Hall

Opened in 1888, Albany's Town Hall is the iconic building of the main street. Inside the grand old stone building, with its four-faced clock tower, is a comfortable 310-seat conference theatre.

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The Town Hall is now available for community use.  The building is available for hire for exhibitions, seminars, workshops or meetings. The venue is no longer available as a performance venue.
Opened in 1888, Albany's Town Hall is the iconic building of the main street. Inside the grand old stone building, with its four-faced clock tower, is a comfortable 310-seat conference theatre.
The Town Hall has two smaller rooms suitable for exhibitions and conferences (please see 'Resources' page for details.)
Over the decades, the Town Hall has been the scene of council meetings, WA's first regional meeting of State Parliament, thrilling theatre, exquisite music performances, risque comedy and the community's annual astonishment at the abilities of young performers in the Music Eisteddfod and school stage shows.

Avondale Discovery Farm

I the 70s Prince Charles himself opened Avondale Discovery Farm 1850s homestead, 1890s stables, and the agricultural machinery museum, plus learn about crops and sustainable farming as you look around the extensive working farm.

  • Historical Sites:Farmhouses

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Avondale Research Station, comprising a single storey brick and corrugated iron Homestead (1880s) in the Victorian Georgian style, a vernacular single and double storey corrugated iron Stables (1890s), a vertical concrete Silo (1927), a single storey brick and iron former Laboratory (1930), workers dwellings (1928 and 1937), has cultural heritage significance for the following reasons: Established as a State Farm in 1919, the place has been a venue for agricultural research since 1924, and was the site of an important research project for braxy-like disease in sheep in the early 1930s, with the research Laboratory constructed specifically for the project; The place has a landmark quality within its picturesque rural landscape; The Stables dating from the 1890s feature very well-detailed timber horse stalls and roof structure, and are a rare example of innovative design; The place is valued for its role in agricultural research and education, borne out by the local community’s financial contribution to the establishment of the Laboratory in 1930 and the contribution of farm machinery for the Discovery Farm museum in 1979; The various components that comprise the place demonstrate specific government initiatives in the establishment and the subsequent development of the place as a site of agricultural research and a showcase of rural work and life; The Avondale property was one of the earliest pastoral properties established in the Beverley district and the farm’s development since 1830 has been indicative of and contributed to the development of the area; and, The place contributes to the local and wider community’s sense of place for its links to the early settlement of the Avon Valley and for its ongoing contribution to agricultural research and education in the State.

NOTE: Currently CLOSED for rennovations until further notice. 

Barracks Arch

Barracks Arch, one of Perth's iconic historic buildings is located at the top of St George's Terrace. Built in 1866 it was originally the entrance to a larger building call the Pensioner Barracks.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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

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The Barracks was built to house the Enrolled Pensioner Force (also known as ‘Pensioner Guards’). The guards came to Australia on the convict ships that transported nearly 10,000 prisoners to Western Australia between 1850 – 1868.

The Barrracks were in use to house the Pensioner Foruce until 1887, between 1900 - 1904 the building was convered into offices. 

In the 1960’s the Government surmised there was no need for the Barracks and decided to demolish the buildings.The announcement created a public uproar and motivated the Royal Western Australian Historical Society to form a Barracks Defence Council. The Council worked diligently to keep the Arch however demolition proceeded and in 1966 all but the Arch was demolished.

Architect Richard Roach Jewell was appointed to design an appropriate building. He was at the time an employee of the Department of Public Works. He had arrived in Western Australia in 1851 and designed many of the important public buildings in Perth during the latter half of the nineteenth century, including the Pensioner Barracks. Some of his others designs include boys’ schools in Perth and Fremantle, Wesley Church, the oldest section of the Treasury Buildings, Perth Town Hall, Perth Goal and Government House.

Bennett Brook Railway

Birthday parties for kids can be held on the train. Trains operate weekends, public holidays and some school holidays.

  • Historical Sites:Trains

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  • Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

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Bennett Book Railway is proudly owned and operated by volunteer members of the Western Australian Light Railway Preservation Association. BBR was formed on the 26th of April 1976 by a group of friends who shared an interest in the lesser known narrow gauge railways of Western Australia.

Starting from small beginnings in a members backyard, the railway have evolved to a fully fledged railway operation based in Whiteman Park. Today it encompasses relocated heritage local railway infrastructure using heritage locomotives and carriages from all over Australia and the world.

We aim to preserve Western Australian railway heritage and to provide a unique railway experience through the bushland of Whiteman Park.

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

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  • Open Days:Tuesday,Thursday,Friday

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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.

Blush Retail Gallery

Albany's contemporary new art gallery - fresh, original, and right in the heart of the city.

  • Open Days/times:Tues to Sat from 10am - 3pm and some Sundays - also by appointment.
  • Galleries:Drawing,Painting,Photography,Mixed Media,Print Making,Art Gallery
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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

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Blush Retail Gallery is a visual arts gallery, featuring a stunning array of ever changing artwork collections. Located in one of Albany's premier heritage buildings, York House, this contemporary showrroom provides a perfect backdrop for some unique artworks.

Hosting new collections every six weeks from local and visiting artists, it is easily found on the main street of Albany. The gallery strives to offer original and visionary works, and you may discover the perfect piece for your home or office.

Boulder Town Hall & Goatcher Curtain

Built in 1908 this building has played the role of theatre, library and municipal offices. It is best known for the stage curtain painted by internationally renowned theatre artist Phillip Goatcher.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri 10AM - 4PM

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

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The Bay of Naples curtain can be viewed at the following times:

  •  Tuesdays, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
  •  Thursdays, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
  •  Boulder Market Day (every 3rd Sunday of the month), 10.30 am – 12.30 pm

Philip Goatcher curtain

The Boulder Town Hall contains one of the world’s last surviving examples of a working Philip Goatcher stage curtain—the Bay of Naples.

About Philip Goatcher

Philip Goatcher is noted as a great exponent of the art of stage curtain design.

He was born in London in 1852, and left school in his early teens to become a law clerk. Inspired by Sadler’s Wells Theatre, he started sketching stage art on office pads.

In 1867, at the age of 14, Philip was apprenticed to a Liverpool shipping firm and sailed to Melbourne. There he jumped ship and walked to Ballarat.

In Ballarat, Philip's sketches attracted the attention of John Hemmings, Melbourne’s leading scene painter, who worked for the Theatre Royal.

Hemmings predicted that this young man would have a future in painting, but Philip had gold fever and eventually moved to New Zealand and later to San Francisco—where he met the young JC Williamson.

It was not until he returned to London that he began his new career in earnest.

In 1890, JC Williamson brought him back to Australia as the highest paid scene painter in the world.

The Bay of Naples curtain

The Bay of Naples is believed to be the only surviving theatre curtain by Philip Goatcher. It was painted in 1908 as a drop-canvas to complement the 'picture frame' stage at the Boulder Town Hall.

The curtain depicts a Neapolitan scene, with Mt Vesuvius in the background. This is possibly in recognition of the number of Italians working in the Eastern Goldfields at the time.

For more information call +61 8 9021 9600 or +61 8 9093 1087.

Broad Arrow Cemetery

Check out the cemetery and its headstones with the many illnesses and diseases that plagued the miners but no longer exist. 1km from the Broad Arrow township.

  • Historical Sites:Cemeteries

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

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Located 38km north of Kalgoorlie and 633km east of Perth, Broad Arrow Cemetery was once a thriving and successful gold mining town, known originally as Kurawah.

It is said that Broad Arrow changed its name in 1893 because a prospector, having found gold in the area, marked the route to the spot with a series of Broad Arrows. The gold rush started in 1893, the railway arrived (from Kalgoolie) and the town was gazetted in 1896, and the following year the municipality of Kurawah was formed.

Butterabby

  • (08) 9196 1505

South of Mullewa at Butterabby, a stone monument marks the site of one of the state's earliest conflicts between Aboriginals and Europeans, resulting in the spearing to death of a shepherd and the subsequent hanging of five Aboriginals accused of the crime.

  • Historical Sites:Cemeteries

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Coolgardie Cemeteries

The headstones at Pioneer Cemetery (1892-1894) and the Coolgardie Cemetery (1894 - today) tell the story of the people from all over the world who worked in the Goldfields.

  • Historical Sites:Cemeteries

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Pioneer Cemetery contains the grave of pioneer William Wenzel.

Dalgety House Museum

Situated in the old Dalgety and Co manager's house, this charming historical museum is run by volunteers, all who are long-term locals of Port Hedland.

  • Open Days/times:Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Galleries:Painting,Photography
  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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

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Port Hedland's origins aren't in mining as some may think; in fact, Port Hedland started out as a port town (hence the name!). One of the key players was Dalgety and Co and the current Dalgety House Museum was the company manager's residence. It has since been transformed into a historical interactive museum managed by the dedicated volunteers of the Port Hedland Historical Society.

Dalgety House Museum provides an opportunity to gain an insight into the impact that white settlement had on the Kariyarra Aboriginal people of the Pilbara. Explore the extensive collection of artefacts & documentation presented in the enlightening displays, complete with photographs, throughout the house.

Denison House

Denison House has a rich history in it's past. It is currently used for numerous community groups.

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This was the site of the first tillage lease in the district and Smith’s Mill was built here in 1865. Later, stone from the mill was used to build Denison House for Dr Bartlett, and in 1944 the Benedictine Order of New Norcia purchased the building as a retreat. It is now owned by Shire of Irwin.

 

Doing Time at Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison holds the key to history, mystery and fun. Step inside and do time on a fascinating Prison Day Tour, Tunnels Tour adventure or spooky Torchlight Tour.

  • Historical Sites:Prisons
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Sun 9AM - 5PM

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

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Fremantle Prison is one of Western Australia’s premier tourist attractions and is the first building in the State to be inscribed on to the World Heritage list.

The Prison was built by convicts in the 1850s and was used as a place of incarceration for almost 140 years. Decommissioned as an operating maximum security gaol in 1991, the empty prison with its solitary cells and gallows is a monument to a system of punishment that is uncomfortably recent.

If the walls of the Prison could talk they might tell stories of loneliness, pain and suffering.  As a place of execution between 1888 and 1984, 43 men and 1 women were hanged there.

Step inside and do time with Fremantle Prison’s experienced guides on a range of Prison Day tours around this fascinating site. Daring escapes and colourful characters feature in tales laced with prison humour. Artwork on cell walls speak volumes, from the classical to the vibrant Aboriginal images.

Visitors with a spirit for adventure can explore the one kilometre labyrinth of tunnels built more than a century ago under the Prison on a Tunnels Tour. Equipped with hardhat, overalls, boots, headlamps and harnesses visitors are locked into the ladder system and descend 20 metres into the depths below.  Skilled guides lead the trek through dry sections of the tunnels by foot, then visitors board replica convict punts to explore the submerged passageways accessible only by boat.

For a spooky experience you can’t go past an eerie Torchlight Tour. Cringe at the rotten, the wretched and inhumane as the tour guide delves into the darker side of the Prison's history. Be warned – there are a few surprises along the way and these tours are not for the faint hearted.

Bookings are essential for Tunnels Tours and Torchlight Tours, call (08) 9336 9200.

For more information on WA’s World Heritage listed tourist attraction visit us at www.fremantleprison.com.au

Dongara State School

This building is now the local rag office and pottery club.

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The first Dongara school was built in 1870 where the police station now stands, but an increase in attendances required the construction of this two-roomed building in 1906. It served the town until 1972 when the new district high school was built.

Dowerin District Museum

A visit to the Dowerin District Museum offers a unique view of how settlers lived in a genuine cottage with furnishings from 1915- 1930's

  • Open Days/times:By appointment only
  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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  • Facilities:Wheelchair Access
  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

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The stories of number 16 Cottrell Street and its inhabitants are rich accounts of life in Wheatbelt WA during the first half of the 20th century offering a unique and compelling vision of family and business life at that time. The building itself is a very authentic weatherboard and iron-roofed cottage, constructed in 1915 by Eugene O’Shaughnessy the local Saddler and Harness Maker. Complete with many of its original features the cottage was purchased for the Museum Committee by the Dowerin & Goomalling Apex Club and is now vested within the Shire of Dowerin.

Durack Homestead Museum

The magnificent homestead was originally built in 1895 by the Durack family on Argyle Downs Station. The famous Durack family home became known as one of the social gathering places of the Kimberley.

  • Open Days/times:April - September
  • Galleries:Mixed Media
  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Farmhouses

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Constructed of handcrafted limestone blocks with crushed termites mounds used as mortar, it was a magnificent building for its time.

During the early 1970’s a decision was made to remove the homestead before Lake Argyle began to fill in order to preserve this magnificent building for all time.

The homestead was dismantled stone by stone with every stone coded in such a way so as to be able to be rebuilt with every stone back in its original position.

The homestead now lives on as a museum dedicated to the pioneering spirit of the Durack Family. The Historic Durack Homestead Museum is operated by the Kununurra Visitor Centre and is open to the public daily from April to September. For further enquiries or out of season viewings please contact the Visitor Centre on (08) 9168 1177 or by email: [email protected]

Note: small fee payable upon entry to museum grounds

East Perth Cemeteries

The cemeteries within the grounds continued to be the main burial ground for the Perth area until April 1899 when burials commenced at Karrakatta Cemetery. It's acknowledged that 10,000 dead are here.

  • Historical Sites:Cemeteries
  • Open Days/times:Sun 2PM - 4PM

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  • Open Days:Sunday

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This website is the culmination of over 50 years of collective effort by a legion of committed volunteers and professional researchers. The National Trust of Australia (WA) in partnership with the Friends of Battye Library Inc. have brought together this work, and with the support of Lotterywest made it accessible to the public.

The site for a burial ground was surveyed at East Perth in late 1829, and the first acknowledged burial was John Mitchell on 6 January 1830. The cemeteries within the grounds continued to be the main burial ground for the Perth area until April 1899 when burials commenced at Karrakatta Cemetery.

The East Perth Cemeteries burial ground were closed for new burials in 1899, except for those in vaults or with the approval of the Governor. Burials at East Perth continued until 1916 when this practiced was ceased with a handful of exceptions.

It is widely acknowledged that there are over 10,000 burials within the grounds of the East Perth Cemeteries. There was no burial register kept by either the Church Wardens or the caretakers of the Cemeteries. This led to researchers having to spend many hours compiling various histories and datasets on the East Perth Cemeteries and these have been produced in various formats.

Lorraine Clarke and Cherie Strickland as members of and in conjunction with the Friends of Battye Library Inc., collated a single database of the numerous existing datasets, once these datasets were combined and differences highlighted, they were then checked against the original source data, these discrepancies were then corrected or comments placed within the database to notate these variations.

Research was then undertaken using TROVE newspapers, State Records Office governmental records, State Library of Western Australia Private Archives, Royal Perth Hospital Admissions Registers to enable the most comprehensive biographical database on the inhabitants of Cemetery Hill. This database is fully sourced and acknowledges previous researchers who contributed to the end result.

 

Ellensbrook Heritage Site

In 1857 Ellen and Alfred Bussell chose the site of their new home, now a heritage listed building, surrounded in national park and open to the public.

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In 1857 Ellen and Alfred Bussell chose the site of their new home. Sheltered from the winter storms, the site had access to fresh water and was surrounded by fertile soil.

Over the decades the house was built in stages by ticket-of-leave convicts, deserting seamen and local Noongars. The Ellensbrook venture was successful, with income derived from the sale of beef, butter and cheese. Much of the success was due to the practical skills, energy and sound management of Ellen. Alfred and Ellen left Ellensbrook in 1865.

Between 1871 and 1877 Ellensbrook was managed, and the homestead extended, by the eldest of their five daughters, Fanny. Later, the second daughter Edith made Ellensbrook her permanent home. In 1899 she established the Ellensbrook Farm Home for Aboriginal Children. The Home continued for 17 years during which time Edith continued the tradition of extending the main building.

The Noongar name for the locality is Mokidup, and it was a traditional summer camping spot for thousands of years.

Open: Thursday - Saturday, 10am to 4pm

Open Saturday - Monday Easter Long Weekend

Entry Fees:

Adult $4, Child/Concession $2, Group Bookings (10+) $2/pp, Family $10, National Trust Members Free

 

Giles Weather Station

  • 8956 7966

Remote weather station which was initially built during the Maralinga atomic bomb tests to measure the direction of the wind.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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Goomalling Schoolhouse Museum

  • (08) 9629 1185

Visit the Goomalling Schoolhouse Museum for a glimpse of local history.

  • Open Days/times:First Saturday of the month, and by appointment.
  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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There is a display of old machinery, a rare windmill, plus a school room and adjacent school master’s residence restored to reflect the 1900-1940 era.

The museum was officially opened in 1978 and is located on Throssell Street next to the swimming pool, and consists of:

  • The 1906 headmasters’ house consists of rooms decorated in the style of the era with an external laundry room. It also houses the Roads Board conference table and chairs, and framed photographs of many of the Roads Board members.
  • The re-sited Konnogorring one-teacher school, which operated between 1925 and 1973/74, has been restored and furnished to typify the local and isolated schools which were scattered throughout country districts. The school museum mural, completed in 2008 by Roy Smith, was designed and painted to give some insight into school days during the time of one teacher schools.
  • The shed features old and rare machinery and equipment from the area such as a clover harvester, rabbit eradication paraphernalia, blacksmithing equipment and one of the best windmill head collections in the Wheatbelt.
  • A transportable room was added in 2013 to house the telecommunication and various other collections.
  • A 1950’s Austin school bus and a century old wooden wagon, used for carting wheat locally, are also part of the collection housed within the museum precinct.
     

Government House

Captain Sir James Stirling RN arrived from England to found the Colony of Western Australia which he proclaimed as the State’s first Lieutenant Governor in June 1829.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri 9AM - 5PM

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

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Government House is currently, and has been the home to successive Governors of Western Australia since 1863. 
 
The spacious, beautiful domain in central Perth on which the current Government House now stands has been the site of two other Vice Regal residences, now demolished, erected in the earliest days of European settlemen

Greenough

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

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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

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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.

Gwalia Historical Precinct

  • (08) 9037 7016

An old store, guesthouse and miner's hut which have been restored.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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  • Facilities:Free

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Gwalia is a unique heritage destination managed by the Shire of Leonora. Gwalia offers visitors an opportunity to quietly wander back in time and experience the remoteness of life in an outback mining town.

Gwalia State Hotel

One of the first hotels in the State that the WA government paid for. It was built in 1903 and cost 6000 pounds.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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The buildings of Gwalia evoke the heady days of the Western Australian gold rush. There are the hessian, timber and iron cottages, the mine buildings, the impressive State Hotel and Hoover House, and the mine manager’s house designed and commissioned by Herbert Hoover.

The Sons of Gwalia, at the time one of Australia’s major underground gold mines, provided work for hundreds of people including a large number of Italian and Yugoslav immigrants. The miners erected dwellings in Gwalia from 1898 to be within walking distance of their work .

Gwalia also boasts Western Australia's first Government-owned hotel (1903), the State's first regional passenger tramway (1903) and one of the Goldfields’ first public swimming pools (1943). The State school was gazetted in 1899.

The mine office, assay buildings and the mine manager’s house were commissioned in 1897 by Herbert Hoover, a mining engineer for Bewick Mooring and Company. Hoover was later to become the 31st President of the United States of America.
The Gwalia State Hotel was established by the State Government to combat the sly grog trade in Gwalia and to provide an alternative to the hotels in Leonora.  Construction of the Hotel was completed at a cost of £6,000 and the doors opened in 1903.  The Gwalia State Hotel Closed in 1964. Today it is privately owned and can only be viewed from the street.
 

Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station

Originally a line station connecting the north west and the goldfields to the eastern states and overseas. Locate on the shore of Hamelin Pool.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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There is a shell block adjacent to the telegraph station which is where many of the unique shell buildings in the area began.

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