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Our Museum

Group Settlement

Our original Group House from c1930 is a fully equipped house displaying many items from the period.   Our Group Settlement collection also includes a replica group settler’s humpy which is a settlers ‘home’ prior to the building of their Group House, a restored cow shed, a restored pan lavatory and a replica Cream Room.

Schooling

Our school room is housed in the original one room teacher’s house from the old Jindong School. A one room school would house up to 18 students from pre-primary to standard 8.

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Transport

Our range of vehicles is broad and covers a large range of horse drawn vehicles, tractors and even bicycles.  We have one of the largest collections of horse drawn vehicles in WA.

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Mechanical equipment

You will be amazed by the array of old mechanical equipment housed at this museum. A great deal of the machinery has been lovingly restored. The highlight of our mechanical range is probably the CASE steam engine proudly displayed at the front of the grounds.

Forge and Wheel Wright Area

This forge is still used today by our artisans, on special occasions, such as the Annual Open Day, and School Days, displays of blacksmithing are a great attraction. Maybe our blacksmith will make you a horse shoe! Right next door is our Harness room with many different collections for the riding enthusiast.

Household Memorabilia

These displays are throughout the museum and show many collections including washing machines, typewriters, sewing machines, china, books and much more. Try your hand at typing the ‘old’ way!

Old Butter Factory Memorabilia

Owned by the State Government, through the Agricultural Department this Butter Factory was opened in 1918. In 1926 South West Dairy Produce Co-operative became the owners and the name changed to Sunny West. There are several displays showing artefacts from the Butter Factory throughout the museum including the dedicated Dairy Room.

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Maritime Artefacts

Our large marine collection includes includes whaling artefacts and many other items associated with the jetty. Try our Shipwreck Walk along the banks of the Vasse River, next to our picnic area, which tells the tales of some of the old shipwrecks in this region and is sure to fascinate.

Picnic Area

A replica of the Rotunda once situated at the Busselton Jetty sits beside the Vasse River on a lawn and tree lined picnic area. Water birds including swans and pelicans abound, you may even see blue wrens. Bring your lunch or morning tea and enjoy the peace, the towering Tuart trees and the river in its natural state.