Gold scales

Worth its weight in gold

Norseman was settled because a horse discovered gold! Legend has it that a horse called Norseman went lame and its owner discovered a piece of rock in its hoof which turned out to be gold bearing. With the discovery of gold came the gold rush, which led to mining on a larger scale. Eventually a School of Mines was opened to train apprentices in their trades and the gold scales belonged to the school. Today the building has been converted to this museum.

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Norseman Historical Museum

A lucky horse finds gold and over a hundred years later a museum moves into the old School of Mines.

This museum has one of the most unusual and quirky items you will ever see - ask to see the typewriter keys! (Story below). Norseman Historical Museum celebrates the Goldfields, mining and local...


43 McGrath St
Norseman WA 6443

Open Hours

Mon to Thurs 10am - 1pm

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