Bottle collection

From trash to treasure

Frank and May Waghorn lived near Sandstone when they discovered a bottle dump, which led to bottle fever! Frank and May ‘dug from daylight to dark seven days a week’ looking for bottles and travelled extensively throughout the region digging and fossicking for bottles. They initially displayed the bottles in their home and then donated part of the collection to the Coolgardie Museum. You might stumble across some of their collection at other locations in the region.

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Coolgardie Visitors Centre & Goldfields Exhibition Museum

A local collection housed in the historic old Courthouse or Gold fever, old geezers, heroes and bold pieces.

From a tent town to bricks and mortar, the old Coolgardie Courthouse unpacks the history of the 1890's gold fever and is a treasure trove of items from local collectors. Learn about Coolgardie’s...


62 Bayley St
Coolgardie WA 6429

Open Hours

Mon to Fri 8:30am - 4pm; Sat to Sun 10am - 3pm.

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