Dead Finish Museum

Beers and bodies: a former pub and morgue now houses a museum

You can almost smell the beer flowing, and the conversation of sandalwood cutters and haulers in this museum, which is named after the old hotel in which it is housed. The hotel was affectionately referred to by locals as the 'dead finish' because the workers would run out of money on their way back to Beverley and this was the last spot, or the 'dead finish' of their money. Beverley was an important stop on the Great Southern Railway and, in the 1900s, it was a bustling town of four hotels and four banks. The Museum unpacks the history of Beverley through a series of displays around the building. Visit the town's glory days, including the sports memorabilia room, which features an extensive collection of photographs and local stories. In the hallway you can find out about the early settlers of the region, such as James William Broun, Elijah Quartermaine, Terrence McGrath and others, and also learn about the life of the schoolteacher, Annie Lucy Robins who lived in the small room off the veranda in the 1870s. This hotel was also once a morgue. The early innkeepers agreed to take in dead bodies and keep them in the cellar until the coroner arrived. The cellar in the hotel was the coolest place in town!


Corner of Morrison Street and Great Southern Highway
Beverley WA 6304

Opening Hours

Sun 11am - 3pm, March to November or by arrangement with the committee. Contact Joy 0427 411 881 or Delys (08) 9646 1075.

116 mile road race

Programmes from one of the toughest cycle races in Australia. The Beverley to Perth cycle race was held between 1897 and 1999, except for 1900, 1902, and during World War I. The race was tough, due to...

Keep quiet, turn out the lights and take down the signs

This sign for the Beverley township was removed during World War II, as many such signs were removed in Australia. It was believed that navigation would be more difficult for potential invaders...

Keeping court at golf

Imagine having your own private golf course - well the Broun family did! This jug was used for water or whiskey at the 'Durbar' annual golfing event in Beverley. The event was held before 1914, during...

More Golden Outback collections

A museum on the Great Australian Bight

Eucla is nestled right up against the South Australian border, near the Great Australian Bight. The Eucla location was chosen for a telegraph station which opened in 1877. However, in the 1970s, Eucla...

A local farming collection in heritage listed Wheatbin

The collection provides a 'Who’s Who' of the region, and a 'what’s what of wheat'. It is housed in a 1939 bulk wheatbin designed and built by Cooperative Bulk Handling and a Machinery Shed and Railway...

A stop on the edge of the desert

Wiluna is the southern gateway to the Canning Stock Route and the western gateway to the Gunbarrel Highway. The Canning-Gunbarrel Discovery Centre is housed inside the old Wiluna District Hospital and...

A town full of museums!

The best way to see this collection is by a guided walk around Narembeen. The collection sits over four sites, all within walking distance of the Narembeen Road District Board building, the main...

While you're in the area

Gallery 152
Gallery 152
Located in a beautifully restored heritage building, Gallery 152 is a...
152 Avon Terrace, York, WA 6302
York Town Hall
York Town Hall
York Town Hall was built in 1911 and is a significant part of York’s...
Corner of Avon Terrace and Joaquina Street, York, WA 6302
Avon Park
Avon Park
Avon Park was extensively re-developed in June 2020. Located in Lowe...
Lowe Street, York, WA 6302
County Peak
County Peak
About 35 kilometres from Beverley, County Peak was given its name when the...
Peak Road, Bally Bally, WA 6304