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Albany Boat Shed

Whether you are a local resident or a visitor to the region, the Albany Boatshed has something for everyone.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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  • Open Days:Sunday

Description

The building now known as the Albany Boat Shed was originally used in Fremantle to house the construction of a replica of the Dutch explorer Duyfken. At the completion of this project the facility was gifted to the City of Albany, in due recognition of the area's rich maritime history, and relocated to the foreshore of picturesque Princess Royal Harbour.

It has since been managed by the Albany Maritime Foundation, which has driven a number of successful wooden boat construction and restoration projects within its walls. Plus, Shed space has been leased to private individuals, for their own wooden boat activities, the building has been home to schools delivering maritime-based educational programs and is now the Foundation is developing the Shed into a tourist destination. 

Every Sunday, the shed turns into a bustling market, featuring local growers and producers of fresh and gourmet foods and Great Southern wines. In addition to the wonderful seasonal produce grown in the Great Southern, talented local artisans showcase their beautiful and distinctive products. There will be local live music to keep your toes tapping, cooking demos and plenty of parking. 

Albany Historical Society

Historic Albany - Come and Visit our Past!

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings,Prisons

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  • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday

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The Albany Historical Society administers three of Albany’s premier tourist attractions; the Albany Convict Gaol, Patrick Taylor Cottage the oldest dwelling in WA and the Brig Amity. No visit to Albany can be complete without visiting these three wonderful venues that tell the story of Albany and it’s history.

Open 7 days per week, closed Christmas day.

ArtGeo Cultural Complex

Immerse yourself in art, history and architecture at the ArtGeo Cultural Complex! Walk through the heritage listed buildings and feel the history between their walls.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings,Prisons

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

Description

The City of Busselton’s ArtGeo Cultural Complex is a creative hub for the visual and performing arts housed in heritage-listed buildings on Queen Street, close to Busselton’s much-loved foreshore. Once linked to the Jetty, the heritage-listed Courthouse, built in 1860, is one of the oldest buildings in Busselton and played an important role in its settlement history.

Walk through the buildings and feel the history within their walls. Explore the gaol cells and imagine being locked up for 14 days for disorderly conduct in a public place behind one of the heavy wooden doors.

The Courthouse Gift Shop reflects the transition from colonial courthouse to modern-day art house. Once inside, you'll discover a tempting range of high quality locally crafted art, jewellery, pottery, cards, photography and woodwork.

Set in the rear courtyard of the complex, there are two artist in residence studios featuring ceramic artist Tracie Anderson and jewellery designer Nalda Hoskins. The general public are welcome to visit these studios, which were once stables, to see the artists at work.

The cultural precinct is also home to the Busselton Art Society, the Busselton Woodturners' Association and the children's theatre group Acting Up. A sheltered courtyard, bush food garden and life-size bronze sculptures augment the ambience of the precinct.

Open daily 10am to 4pm, free entry. 

Broomehill Historical Society

Broomehill Historical Society was officially declared in 1997 and the following year a stone building was erected on the corner of Great Southern Highway and Journal Street – which is now our Museum.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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  • Open Days:By Appointment Only,Public Holidays

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Broomehill Historical Society was officially declared in 1997 and the following year a stone building was erected on the corner of Great Southern Highway and Journal Street – which is now our Museum . The building was officially opened on 20 April 1898 and used as the Agricultural Hall where meetings and dances were held. A room at the rear was added later for Road Board members to meet. At one stage the building housed the Mechanics’ Institute. In 1923 the building was purchased by the Presbyterian Church, the porch was added and regular services were held until the early 1940’s. The brick work was rendered after 1946. The Broomehill Shire Council purchased the building in the late 1960’s and in 1979 it was officially opened as a museum, containing many items of historical interest for Broomehill.

The museum is open by appointment, at long weekends and special events. Volunteers contact numbers are displayed on the front door. To help us maintain our collection, we ask for an entry donation and Broomehill and Holland Track souvenirs are available for sale.

In 1893 Mr R. John Holland (b 1855 – d 1936) cut a direct cart track from Broomehill to the Goldfields which was and is still known as the Holland track.

Burt Memorial Hall Soldier Chapel

CATHEDRAL SQUARE An inner city neighborhood in the heart of Perth. Houses the Burt Memorial Hall named after the 2 sons of Septimus Burt and his wife Louisaso Burt Memorial Hall later chapel was built

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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

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The Burt Memorial Hall stands in the heart of the Heritage Precinct of Perth. It is an important historic symbol of Perth’s Burt family, who played a significant role in the government of the Swan River Colony when it was first established.
 
Archibald Burt came half way round the world to be the first Chief Justice of Western Australia, and earn a reputation for fair dealing with the indigenous peoples.
 
Of the three sons who came with Archibald in 1861, Septimus became the State’s first Attorney General. More recently, Archibald’s great-grandson, Sir Francis Burt, was Judge of the Supreme Court from 1969–77, Chief Justice from 1977–88, Lieutenant Governor of Western Australia from 1977–90 and Governor from 1990–93.
 
Tragically, Septimus lost two sons in the Great War. When Theodore Burt was killed at Montauban in 1916 his father built the Burt Memorial Hall as a memorial to his son. The Foundation stone on the South-West corner of the building was laid by Lord Forrest on 26 October 1917. A year later, Francis Burt was killed at Villers-Bretonneux. A memorial tablet of Donnybrook stone and Australian marble is mounted on the wall of the staircase well near the main entrance.
 
The Burt Memorial Hall is a superb example of a community building constructed in the Gothic Revival style. It was designed by Mr Herbert Parry, son of the second Bishop of Perth.
 
Worked into the fabric on the south side of the building facing St George’s Terrace are the Arms of the Diocese of Perth and the Burt family crest.
 
In 1922 a magnificent stained glass window depicting the Four Virtues was incorporated into this side of the building in memory of Septimus by his wife, Louisa. It consists of four large panels with figures representing the virtues of Justice, Prudence, Temperance and Fortitude. Beneath these panels are the Coats of Arms of the United Kingdom and Australia together with the Diocesan Arms of Canterbury and Perth.
 
The Hall’s position abutting St George’s Terrace, central to the Heritage Precinct increases its significance as a community facility. The lower dining room was used as a soup kitchen during the Great Depression of the 1930s. In World War II, it was used to house Dutch refugees fleeing from Indonesia (Dutch East Indies) and to provide meals to returned servicemen.
 
In May 1979 a fire in one of the rooms beneath the hall caused extensive damage to valuable equipment, books, furnishings and other effects. The fire also burnt the floor of the main hall, which had to be replaced.
 
The years have taken their toll on the old building. From 2012 to 2014, a new roof was added and a complete refurbishment undertaken as part of the Cathedral Restoration Project. The restored building was reopened and rededicated at Evensong on Sunday 20 July 2014.
 
The Burt Memorial Hall is currently used for a variety of Cathedral and diocesan functions, receptions, workshops, educational visits and exhibitions.

Carnamah Historical Society & Museum

The museum has an expansive collection of objects, photos and documents from Carnamah's social, domestic, commercial and agricultural past.

  • Museums:Farming,Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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  • Open Days:Friday

Description

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

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

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

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:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

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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.

Marble Bar Museum

In 2015 the Tourist Association established the local Museum located in the old government building.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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

Description

The museum houses relics collections etc. that are relevant to the area. The collection is constantly being added to and is definitely worth a look.

Mount Barker Old Police Station Museum

Mount Barker has an incredibly rich historical heritage consolidated in our amazing old police station museum complex, making this a must see tourist attraction.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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  • Open Days:Saturday,Sunday,Public Holidays

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History

The original Old Police Station built was by convict labour in 1868. The mid 1880s saw the horse stables divided off as a lockup and a Court House office was added in 1919. Surrounded by magnificent lawns and gardens, the Plantagenet Historical Society opened the Cottage as a museum in 1968, furnishing it with artefacts donated by residents of the Shire.

The Old Police Station was occupied until 1908 when a new police station was constructed next door.

In 1971 the Pioneer Room was built to display more artefacts, in 1985 and 1987 the cottage and stables were restored and in 1994 the Napier Creek one-teacher school was moved to the museum. In 1997 the second Police Station and Court Room were acquired.

Other buildings include a reconstructed 1870s house built of hand split wooden slabs and a complete apple picking shed has been assembled in honour of that industry's historical contribution and his and her "thunder boxes".

Policing

Police duties included having a change of horses ready for the mail coach which operated from Albany to Perth. They also patrolled as far as Esperance (more than 400 kilometres) on horseback and other duties included census, weather reporting and mail deliveries.

Visiting The Museum

Arriving at the museum complex, visitors will be greeted with a range of main and out buildings all nested in beautiful landscaped gardens, with structures festooned in gorgeous and colourful creepers with delicate and aromatic flowers in season, giving very much a yesteryear village like experience.

Anyone visiting the museum complex, especially those with an interest in historical heritage should set aside a few hours. There is an incredible range of historical artefacts, information and images spread through numerous buildings.

Mundaring & Hills Historic Society District Museum

The Mundaring and Hills Historical Society (MHHS) was formed in 1989 to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the Shire of Mundaring.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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

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MHHS have operated the Mundaring District Museum since 1997 in the old Mundaring School building, which houses a permanent display about people, places and events of historical interest in the Shire.  MHHS is able to assist schools and other groups in the organization of community-based historical events, compiling local history information and guest speakers.

Murray Districts Historical Society

A not for profit organisation served by hard working volunteers, we collect, record, preserve, promote and share the history of the Murray District.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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  • Open Days:Friday,Saturday,Sunday

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The Murray Districts Historical Society is situated in the historic town of Pinjarra, 80 Km. south of Perth Western Australia. A not for profit organisation served by hard working volunteers, we collect, record, preserve, promote and share the history of the Murray District.
 
Our collection is constantly growing and includes many photos and documents from Pinjarra's social, commercial and agricultural past.  Its aim is to retain a community identity by preserving local heritage.
 
Located in The Old Schoolmaster's House, Henry Street, Edenvale Precinct

No 1 Pump Station Mundaring

The No 1 Pump Station Mundaring stands at the foot of Mundaring Weir and provides an opportunity to explore one of Australia’s most significant industrial heritage sites. The pump station was opened in 1903 to transfer water from the Perth hills to the goldfields of Western Australia, a distance of 560 kilometres.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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  • Open Days:Saturday,Sunday

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With its’ specially developed ‘interpretation machine’ and a number of informative plaques on display to explain the history and vision of the site, you will be amazed at the stories and controversy surrounding its development.

The building and its 41.5 metre chimney is a fascinating display of late 19th Century architecture, and if you have a passion for historic machines, you will be struck by the genius of a technology that has seen ninety million litres of water pumped daily uninterrupted. You can see three of the original Babcock and Wilcox boilers, the Green’s Economiser and one of the original Worthington triple expansion steam engines.

The No 1 Pump Station is the starting point for The Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail, which offers a range of walk and cycle trails around the weir.

Mundaring Weir is located a short one hour drive from Perth via Kalamunda or Midland. 

Old Court House

Constructed between 1860–1897, the Court House operated as a judiciary, government administration centre and land agency, servicing the growing settlement's need for law and order.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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

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Today, the Old Court House provides a fascinating glimpse of life in the township some 160 years ago.As part of Busselton's burgeoning cultural precinct, which includes the ArtGeo Gallery and the Weld Repertory Theatre, the Court House also functions as a creative arts hub and heritage site. The precinct provides performance and exhibition space, artists' studios and workshops, guided tours, cafe and retail outlet for regional arts and crafts. The Wadandi people are the traditional owners of the land on which the Court House was constructed.

Old Laverton Police Station and Gaol

Used for 75 years until 1975 and now a museum to its past.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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Pioneer Museum & Walkaway Railway Station Museum

Located in Walkaway, visitors with an interest in history will enjoy a visit to the Walkaway Museum which also houses extensive genealogy research. We are proud of our Pioneer Museum which houses one of the finest Australian folk displays housed in an historic setting. Find this treasure south of Geraldton on the Brand Highway.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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

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Police Station Museum 1880

Dating from 1880 and in use until 1970 this is one of Bridgetown's most historic buildings. Usually open Saturdays 10 to 2pm and Event Sundays. Regular exhibitions are held.

  • Museums:Farming,Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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  • Open Days:Saturday

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Members of the local historical society will happily show you around the old gaol, arrangements can be made by contacting the tourist centre.Dating from 1880 and in use until 1970 this is one of Bridgetown's most historic buildings. The original police headquarters is next door to the gaol.  For details visit the website  www.bridgetown.com.au   Regular exhibitions of historic photos, artwork etc are held within the gaol.

 

Tai Jin House

This grand colonial building was once the home of the British Administrator of Christmas Island.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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

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Perched atop a sea cliff, Tai Jin House offers splendid views over Flying Fish Cove and the vast Indian Ocean.

It is now home to a fascinating museum telling the story of Christmas Island’s past.

The beautiful gardens of Tai Jin House are a popular spot for community events or just soaking up the gorgeous vistas.

You can walk to Tai Jin House from Territory Day Park. Continue past the house to see the naval gun and buildings that were set up to defend Christmas Island during World War II.

The Benedictine Stables

The last remaining structure of the Benedictine Monastery of New Subiaco.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

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Built in 1851 by the Benedictine Monks from Subiaco, Italy the Stables are the last remaining structure from the original Monastery. Purposed as a monastery, orphanages and now aged care facilities, this site has had many uses in it's almost 170 years. With a predicted 10 years left until falling to ruin, the Stables were restored in 2019.

Wharfingers House Museum

Discover more about Derby’s history, including its role in early aviation and the story of the SS Colac, which was damaged beyond repair after grounding just south of the Derby jetty in 1910.

  • Museums:Aviation,Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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  • Open Days:By Appointment Only

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The Wharfinger’s House was constructed in 1928 on the site of what was the Derby Water Police Station. The building itself is a good example of the North West Regional or tropical style of building in the early twentieth century. The wide verandahs provide shade and ventilation to the three central rooms which now house the museum. The Wharfinger’s House and the Wool Shed are the most visible reminders of the early port activities in Derby.A display of art created at the Bungarun Leprosarium may also be seen.

The Wharfinger's House Museum opens on request, and the key is available from the Derby Visitor Centre.

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.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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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.

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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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.

Denison House

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

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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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.

 

Dongara Heritage Trail

The best way to discover our charming historic building is in on the Dongara Heritage Walk. Purchase a booklet from the Visitors Centre for $2.50 and begin your journey back in time.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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The 4km walk highlights 28 heritage listed buildings in the twin towns, starting at the Dongara Port Denison Visitor Centre which was originally the town's post office. Focal points of the walk include the Royal Flour Mill built in 1894, the Old Police Station built in 1870 and Russ Cottage. 

Dongara State School

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

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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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.

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.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

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

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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

 

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