Museums in the Wheatbelt

A Past Never Forgotten

An strong thread of history connects the Eastern Wheatbelt towns from early exploration, sandalwood cutting, gold prospecting, pioneer farming, railway construction and military bases.  Today there is a wealth of history to be explored through visiting these well presented collections.

Bruce Rock

Bruce Rock Museum

Address: Johnson Street, Bruce Rock
Open: Monday to Friday 2pm to 4pm
Admission: Free

Step into Bruce Rock’s past. Find exhibits about district life style in the old bank building. Wander through the grounds to a blacksmith’s shop, an authentic one-teacher school and a replica mud brick cottage with pre 1940’s furnishings. Use information from the museum to explore old school sights in the shire.

Corrigin

Corrigin Pioneer Museum

Address: Entry from Brookton Highway
Phone:
+61 8 9063 2930
Open:
Sunday 2pm to 5pm, Wednesday 1pm-5 pm or other days by appointment
Admission: Entry fee applies

The collection of tools and restored farm machinery includes tractors in working order.  See the blacksmith’s shop, the old one room school, the shearing shed and a collection of district photographs and other memorabilia.  A wall at the entrance commemorates early settlers.

Cunderdin

Cunderdin Museum

Address: 100 Forrest Street, Cunderdin
Phone: +61 8 9635 1291
Open: Daily 10am to 4pm
Admission: Entry fee applies

The museum building, formerly the No. 3 Pump Station on the Golden Pipeline, features the town icon – the brick chimney. The collection includes the Worthington Engine that powered the No. 7 Pump Station, a crop-dusting plane, a railway dining car, a tractor and truck display and the re-sited Quelagetting one-teacher school. Also experience the sensation of an earthquake in the Meckering Earthquake display situated in the Lifestyle Pavilion.

Dowerin

Dowerin District Museum
Address:
Cottrell Street, Dowerin
Phone:
(08) 9631 1013 or (08) 9631 1056
Open: First Saturday of the month except January and February
Admission: Entry fee applies

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.

Goomalling

Slaters Homestead
Address:
62 Goomalling Wyalkatchem Road, Goomalling
Phone:   0429 468 763 – Wendy Williams
Website: www.slaterhomestead.com.au
Open:  
every weekend from the beginning of April to the end of October from 10am to 4pm or by appointment

The picturesque stone and mud brick dwellings known as ‘Slater Homestead’ can be found 3 kilometres north-east of Goomalling on the Goomalling-Wyalkatchem Road and is a must see location for travellers and visitors to the region. Located a leisurely one and three quarter hour drive from Perth’s CBD makes it the perfect journey’s end to your country sojourn.

 

Hyden

The Lace Place

Address: Wave Rock Road, Hyden
Phone: +61 8 9880 5182
Web: www.waverock.com.au
Lace Place HydenOpen: Daily 9am to 5pm
Admission: Entry fee applies

Located in the Wildflower Shoppe and Visitors Information Centre at Wave Rock, the Lace Place collection dates back to the 1600’s. It features hand-made and machined lace, antique gowns and a wedding dress collection, including an off-cut from the 1981 wedding veil of the Princess of Wales.

Pioneer Town

Address: Wave Rock Road, Hyden
Phone: +61 8 9880 5022
Web: www.waverock.com.au
Pioneer Town MuseumOpen: Daily 8:30am to 6pm
Admission: Entry fee applies

This Exhibition includes a general store, chemist shop, bedroom and bar room with an extensive collection of furniture, household objects, farm machinery, domestic and commercial equipment and clothing. Wreckage from a 1944 bomber crash in Narembeen is also displayed.

Miniature Solider Museum

Address: Wave Rock Road, Hyden
Phone: +61 8 9880 5022
Web: www.waverock.com.au
Open: Daily 9am to 5pm
Admission: Entry fee applies

Miniture Soldier MuseumThe toy solider collection was previously owned by Alex Smith who amassed the 10,000 toy soldiers over 60 years in displays depicting battles fought over hundreds of years. Also on display is a ball dress which was worn to the ball the night before the Battle of Waterloo.

There is also a section devoted to the Rabbit Proof Fence, showing its history in photographs and also telling the story of Norm Froome, who worked on the fence construction.

Wave Rock Wildlife Park

Address: Wave Rock Road, Hyden
Phone: +61 8 9880 5022
Wave Rock Wildlife ParkOpen: Daily 9am – 5pm
Admission: Entry fee applies

The wildlife park houses a wide range of Australian animals and exotic birds in a natural bush environment.  See white kangaroos, golden possums, hairy nosed wombats and get up and personal with the friendly Koalas.  Family friendly with a children’s play area near the Koala enclosure.

Karlgarin

Tressie’s Museum

Address: Tressies Caravan Park Reception 4313 Kondinin-Hyden Road
Phone: + 61 8 9889 5043
Open: Daily 8:30am – 6pm (park residents tours at 8:30am & 4pm daily)
Cost: Entry fee applies

A collection of pioneer farming tools and equipment.  A working display of gramophones and 78 records is also a feature.

Kellerberrin

Pioneer Museum

Address: Cnr Leake & Bedford Street
Phone: +61 8 9045 4006
Open: Monday – Friday
Admission: Free

A Folk Museum featuring local memorabilia is located in the old Agricultural Hall (built 1897). Farming implements and machinery displayed around Pioneer Park provide an interesting backdrop for the local Folk Museum.  Any person wishing to visit the Folk Museum may obtain a key from the Shire Office.

Marek Brothers Garage

Address: 126 Massingham Street, Kellerberrin
Phone: 0409 528 289 
Open: Daily 9:30am – 4:30pm
Admission: Gold Coin Donation

Housed in the former Holden dealership is a small collection of vintage holden vehicles.  The original dealership was established in Kellerberrin back in 1937 by Walter Dowding.  Today the dealership is a private workshop run by Richard and John Marek.

Koorda

Koorda and Districts Museum

Address: Ninghan Road, Koorda
Phone: +61 8 9684 1219
Open: By appointment
Admission: Entry fee applies

Originally the Koorda Hospital, the museum houses a large array of medical instruments and hospital equipment, including some locally used and hand-made medical instruments belonging to Dr Chester. Early settler personal effects and equipment, photographs and machinery are also on display.

Koorda Motor and Military Museum

Address: 8 allenby st, Koorda
Phone: 0429 080 258
Open: by appointment
Admission: Entry Fee applies

Koorda Motor and Military MuseumThe 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.

 

Kulin

Butler’s Garage (Kulin Museum)

Address: 77 Johnstone Street, Kulin
Phone: +61 8 9880 1359 or 0429 811 970
Open: Saturday mornings and by appointment
Admission: Free

Built in the 1920’s and originally operating as Butler’s Garage, it has been restored to house the town’s museum.

Lake Grace

Australia Inland Mission Hospital Museum

Address: Stubbs Street, Lake Grace
Phone: +61 8 9865 2140
Open: By appointment
Admission: Entry by donation

This is the only remaining inland mission hospital building in WA. The facility was established in 1926 through the work of Dr John Flynn and the local community. The museum contains medical artefacts used in the early days before the new hospital was built in 1952.

Meckering

The Big Camera – Museum of Photography

Address: Great Eastern Highway, Meckering
Phone: +61 8 9625 1335
Open: Friday to Tuesday 9am – 5pm
Meckering The Big CameraAdmission: Entry fee applies

The only museum of photography in Western Australia.  Displays of cameras, projectors, enlargers, processing gear, magic lanterns & slides, zoetropes, Phantascopes, movie cameras, flash units and light meters. More than 1500 cameras on display.

Merredin

Merredin Railway Museum

Address: Great Eastern Highway, Merredin
Phone: Lance Fleay +61 428 411 551
Open: Monday –  Saturday 9am – 3pm & Sunday 11am to 2pm
Admission: Entry fee applies

The museum is run by volunteers so times may change due to unforseen circumstances.

Merredin Railway MuseumThe museum and arts centre displays the 1897 locomotive that hauled the Kalgoorlie Express, along with the old signal box with its array of 95 switching and signal levers. You can also see the early history of the Merredin area including the Pioneer Women’s Room and Memorial Rose Garden.

Merredin Military Museum

Address: Great Eastern Highway, Merredin
Mobile: Rob Endersbee +61 429 411 204
Open: Monday – Friday 10am to 3pm and Weekends by appointment
Admission: Entry fee applies

The museum is run by volunteers so times may change due to unforseen circumstances.

A fine collection of memorabilia, uniforms, vehicles and equipment relating to most conflicts from World War 1 onwards. Some vehicles have been restored to working order. In September 2014 the museum took delivery of “huey” a former RAAF and Army Aviation Iroquois UH-1H helicopter. The only other Iroquois on public display in WA is at Perth’s Bull Creek Aviation Heritage Museum.

Narembeen

History Museum

Address: Latham Road, Narembeen
Phone: +61 9064 7055 Monday – Friday

Located in the Old Road Board building, near the Town Hall on Latham Road, this museum contains a visual history of the district and includes photographs of early pioneer farming practices.  Family Files are also kept here, it has proven to be a great source of information about our locals.

History & Machinery Museum

Address: Savage Street, Narembeen
Phone: +61 9064 7055 Monday – Friday

Located on Savage Street, this museum contains an interesting mix of photos and antiques from our pioneers.  browse through the outdoor machinery museum displaying old farm machinery and farming implements.

Narembeen Grain Discovery Centre

Address: Adjacent to Narembeen roadhouse
Phone: +61 9064 7315
Open: 9am – 5pm Monday – Sunday
Admission: Gold coin donation

Narembeen Grain Discovery CentreA modern interpretive centre featuring farming from the early pioneer days through to the present and future.  It features interactive displays, exhibitions, ipad videos and audios on the agriculture industry.

St Paul’s Museum

Address: Longhurst Street, Narembeen
Phone: +61 9064 7055 Monday – Friday

Located on Longhurst Street, St Paul’s Church museum was consecrated in 1929 and opened as a museum for the Historical Society in 1969.  After restoration in 1999 it re-opened as a Church Museum.  It is a memorial to the pioneer women if the Narembeen district.  For tours, contact the Narembeen CRC  +61 8 9064 7055.

Rabbit Proof Fence – Gate 54

Located approximately 70km east of Narembeen, the fence stretches from Port Hedland to Ravensthorpe, spanning a distance of 1,827km.  It was originally erected between 1901 and 1907 to prevent invading rabbits and other vermin entering the grain growing region.  Much of the fence has undergone maintenance and some of the original fence remains today.  An interesting place to visit.

Newdegate

Hainsworth Museum

Address: Corner of Mitchell & Collier Streets, Newdegate
Phone: 0409 606 207
Open: By appointment
Admission: Gold coin donation

The Hainsworth Building houses the Newdegate Pioneer Museum.  The building was commissioned by Charles Hainsworth, its first owner and was built by Ted Freeland, originally a ships carpenter, during 1933/34 as a general store and tearoom.  The building operated as a general store from 1934 until 1972 and had several owners during that period.  The museum is a great example of early settler life in the area.

Nungarin

Nungarin Heritage Machinery & Army Museum Inc

Address: Military Drive, Nungarin
Phone: +61 8 9046 5040
Nungarin Heritage Machinery and Army MuseumOpen: Monday – Friday 9am to 12pm & 2pm to 5pm,  Weekends by appointment
Admission: Entry fee applies

The Museum is housed in a massive ex-army workshop that played a vital role in the defence of Australia during WWII. There is an impressive 10th Light Horse display, armoured vehicles and military equipment as well as a huge range of agricultural equipment that reflects the lives of our Wheatbelt pioneers.

Mangowine Homestead

Address: 737 Karomin North Road
Phone: +61 8 9046 5149
Fax: +61 8 9321 6088
Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 1pm to 4pm & Saturday, Sunday 10am to 4pm
Admission: Entry fee applies

Once an important wayside stop for the travellers to the Goldfields this settler homestead is one of the best preserved complexes of early farm homesteads (c.1876) in the Central Wheatbelt . An interpretive walk trail takes you from the homestead to a complex of wayside inn,  cellars, wells and the site of an old barn and family grave. A RV Friendly destination, caravans and camping welcome.

Southern Cross

Yilgarn History Museum

Address: 28 Antares Street, Southern Cross
Open: Monday 9.30am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 3.30pm, Tuesday 9:30am to 2pm, Wednesday & Thursday  9.30am to 11.30am (closed afternoons) Friday & Saturday 9:30am to 3:30pm & Sunday 9.30am to 11.30am (closed afternoons)
There may be occasions when we are unable to open due to unavailability of voluntary staff.
Admission: Entry fee applies
Website:  www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au/visitors/yilgarn-history-museum/yilgarn-history-museum.aspx

Visit the earliest Registrar’s Office in Western Australia and the courthouse, now the Museum, built in 1892.

“Look for gold towards the constellation of the Southern Cross,” they said. And there it was found. From here began the Gold Rush to Coolgardie, and the richest cubic mile of earth in the world Kalgoorlie’s Golden Mile.

Southern Cross, standing as it does, where the Agricultural areas meet the Mining regions, is in unique position, and its History Museum contains a collection of artefacts, records and memorabilia from both areas.
 

Displays Include

  • A Prospectors Camp
  • Prospecting Gear
  • Minerals
  • Authentic 5-Head Stamp Battery
  • Agricultural, Transport & Water Supply Items
  • Bottle Collection
  • Early Educational Items
  • Photos & Citations of Yilgarn Servicemen
  • & much more.

Westonia

Hood-Penn Museum
Hood-Penn Museum
Address:
Wolfram Street, Westonia
Phone: +61 8 9046 7063
Open: Monday – Friday 9am – 4:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am – 12pm
Admission: Entry Fee applies

The Hood-Penn Museum features a variety of scenes showcasing early life in the shire including a pub scene, a shop/hardware store scene, a petrol station/garage scene, a kitchen scene, a bedroom scene and a blacksmith/farm workshop scene. A vibrating mine tunnel is also included within the museum that gives visitors an idea of what life in an early Westonian gold mine would have been like. The museum also incorporates a display area and visitors are free to wander to their hearts content.

Wyalkatchem

Wyalkatchem CBH Agricultural Museum

Address: Railway Terrace, Wyalkatchem
Phone: +61 8 9681 1500
Open: Daily 9am-4:30pm.
Admission: Entry fee applies

The museum is housed in one of the few 1936 type wheatbins that have been preserved. The museum was opened in 1981 with a collection of agricultural, transport and railway exhibits.

Wyalkatchem CBH MuseumThere are over 400 items in the collection, some housed in the wheat bin and others in a purpose built building consisting of two general purpose sheds and a reception entrance display area incorporating a visitor’s centre. This area has also been designed and built in the style of a 1930s weigh bridge to keep within the theme of the museum.

Many items in the collection have been restored and are in working order. Rare tractors such as a Marshal MP 6 and an American Waterloo Boy are on display along with many other tractors, farming implements and vehicles dating back to the 1920s. There is also a collection of historical memorabilia from the area.

Wyalkatchem Old School House Museum

Address: 41 Flint Street, Wyalkatchem
Phone: Viewing by appointment phone Pat Jones +61 8 9681 1036

Set up as a house of earlier times with articles in room settings. The house contains an old switchboard from telephone exchange and various old printing machines along with beautiful old dresses and kids clothing, kitchen utensils and furniture.

Yelbeni

Centenary Museum

Address: Twine street, access through the Yelbeni Store
Phone: +61 8 9682 5012
Open: Shop opening hours
Admission: Free

Developed in 2002 the museum is an informative collection of local history through photos, plaques and vintage farm machinery.