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.
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 one dedicated cream room.
Our marine collection is growing every year, there are whaling artefacts too. Due to be opened in 2016 will be a Shipwreck Walk along the banks of the Vasse River next to our picnic area, this walk will cover some of the many old shipwrecks in this region and is sure to fascinate.
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 river is in its natural state and is unfenced.
1. Ground floor – Main Entrance Room (formerly the churn room). Here are items of general interest, including old cameras, guns, chinaware, embroidery and many photo albums.
2. 3, 4, 5 and 6 are temporarily closed. Due to reopen in February 2015
7. Go through the doorway opposite the entry door into the Timber Room (formerly the Pump Room). There are many tools of the early timber industry and a model of the former Barrabup Mill. Early in 2016 you will be able to watch a video of this model in full working order; sadly we can no longer set this model going.
8. Turn left to view miscellaneous appliances, sewing machines, shop scales, typewriters, old bottles and the Reg Bovell display. (formerly the Cream Tipping and Washing Room)
9. Turn left off the Timber Room into The Dairy Section to view mementos of the times when cream was a major product of this district.
10. Step out onto the Veranda where you will see a variety of old food storage items, refrigerators and laundry machines. On the lower level are samples of non-fuel driven and domestic machines.
11. Opposite is the Ambergate Telephone Exchange building which houses the Yoongarillup automatic exchange.
12. Opposite is the Machinery Shed, which houses farm machinery, stationary engines and “Jumna”, a small steam boat. Around the back is the milking machine and model cow. At the river end of this shed is The Humpy, the first part of a Group Settlement Complex. The Humpy replica shows the primitive temporary accommodation made for Group Settlers in the 1920’s.
13. Next, come to The Group House. Note the kerosene-box furniture, the Coolgardie Safe and the washing and ironing implements. At the rear of the Group House are the Milking Shed, the Dairy and the Pan Lavatory 9 the “Dunny”).
14. Nearby is the One Teacher School. Here around 10-19 pupils from pre-primary to standard 8 were accommodated in the one room with one teacher.
15. On the riverbank behind is the Rotunda, a replica of the one that stood on the main jetty for many years.
16. Then see the Blacksmith Shop and the Wheel Wrights Area. Around the corner is the Boiler used in the Butter Factory to provide the energy for factory operations. (Formerly the Boiler House and the Engine Workshop).
17. Next, The Harness Room housing a variety of horse harness, saddlery and associated artefacts, with an assortment of luggage items.
18. On the veranda opposite is some butter making machinery. The butter churn and other factory machinery have been restored. A DVD and flow diagram panel show the butter making process.
19. The Carriage Shed with a collection of horse drawn vehicles including the new display depicting the sleeper cutter industry with a Sleeper Dray and a full size Dray Horse made by our volunteers in 2015.
20. Medical Hut. This building, originally from WWII RAAF Busselton aerodrome is believed to have been used as a First Aid Post. It now houses Air Force and WWII memorabilia, along with a collection of medical and dental items.