Neil Baker Shell Collection

Shells galore

This extraordinary shell collection is one of the largest in Australia. Collected over the last 70 years by fisherman and boat builder Neil Baker, the shells come from all over Australia and the Indian Ocean. For Neil, collecting seashells began as a childhood fascination, and grew over time to become a vast collection of over 5000 shells. Housed in its new home provided by the Shire of Ashburton, the collection tells the story of the extraordinary diversity of our favourite beach molluscs. Neil collected most of them dry-shelling on equinox tides on the reefs around Onslow and the Montebello islands. Large and small, their beauty appeals to young and old.


50 Third Avenue
Onslow WA 6710

Opening Hours

April to October Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat 10am - 3pm

Giants of the sea

Melo miltonis are found on reefs in shallow and deep waters, and is one of the largest marine mollusks. Highly valued by Aboriginal people for their open cavity and robustness, they were used...

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