Flood painting

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Flood captured in art

In 1888 a great flood swept through the Greenough Flats, devastating the properties of those families who’d settled the area. Flood waters stretched “three to five miles” over normally dry land, and poured over the bar and across the ballroom at the once-grand Golden Sheaf Hotel. Witnessing the devastation and the efforts to save the furniture was Englishman Thomas Rands who’d arrived at the colony in 1885 and started work for the pioneering Maley family of Greenough. Rands drew two sketches of the flood’s devastation - this one and another housed at the National Gallery of Australia. His drawings are the only pictorial record of the hotel, which was once described as “the second-best hotel in the colony”.

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Greenough Museum and Gardens

Historical homestead and gardens

The 19th-century homestead of Greenough’s notable Maley family stands amid sprawling cottage gardens and is today the Greenough Museum and Gardens. The museum showcases life in the early days of the...

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11 Phillips Rd
Greenough WA 6532
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