Kobeelya School Museum

An unusual story about ‘Kobeelya’, a Western Australian country boarding school for girls from 1922 to 1986, in the former Coach House.

Kobeelya and Kobeelya Penrhos school collections are in the Coach House at Kobeelya on the grounds of the Katanning Baptist Church and Conference Centre. The Kobeelya Church of England Girls’ School opened in 1922 at ‘Kobeelya’ the former residence of the Honourable Fredrick Henry Piesse. The museum reflects the changes in education and curriculum, society values and fashion over sixty years. The school was the only school in WA to have a registered Pony Club with horses and stables on site. There are five themed rooms, and you can even step into a dormitory and get a sense of what daily life was like for the boarders.


1 Brownie Street
Katanning WA 6317

Opening Hours

Sat 1:20pm - 2:30pm. Also open by appointment. Contact the Old Kobeelyans’ Association on 0409 298 050 or 0427 854 249, or the Manager of the Kobeelya Conference Centre on 0434 313 689.

Avid sports women

Kobeelya students were enthusiastic sports women. They represented their school in local competitions and travelled to Perth to compete against other independent private schools. Students in the Pony...

Pictures and ponderings

Kobeelya autograph books were passed amongst students, teachers and friends to fill with poems, drawings and personal messages. The collection of autograph books ranges from the 1920s to mid 1970s.

The boarding house

The boarding house rules were very strict. The girls were permitted three items only on their bedside table and the bed was made with hospital corners. Some girls only boarded during the week and went...

More South West collections

Where trails meet

Walking into the Trails and Visitor Centre, the energy of the Dwellingup community is all around you. This building is a hub of intrigue, stories and experiences. The large touch screens provide not...

The first museum in Darkan highlights the significant role of women in the development of agricultural communities.

Be captivated by the stories of women like Betty Brown, who made a considerable contribution to farming in the Shire of West Arthur. Betty’s family moved to the region in 1867 to establish a farm...

A historic hamlet within the Manjimup Heritage Park creates an interesting setting in which to bring Manjimup’s history to life. A settler’s cottage, a doctor’s surgery, a school building, a police...

A Special Little Place in the Forest...

Kangaroos languidly observe the surroundings in the picturesque Donnelly River Village while emus wander through the karris. Now a tranquil holiday destination, the village was established in the late...

While you're in the area

Lake Ewlyamartup
Lake Ewlyamartup
Located 17 kilometres east of Katanning on Langaweira Road, this lake has...
Langaweira Road, Ewlyamartup, WA 6317
Katanning All Ages Playground
Katanning All Ages Playground
Located at the corner of Clive Street and Great Southern Highway, entry...
corner of Clive Street and Great Southern Highway, Katanning, WA 6317
Premier Mill Hotel
Premier Mill Hotel
Each of the rooms at the Premier Mill Hotel is a truly individual...
Corner Clive Street and Austral Terrace, Katanning, WA 6317
PUBLIC Silo Trail: Katanning
PUBLIC Silo Trail: Katanning
In November 2017, Western Australian artists Mel McVee, Brenton See, Chris...
Katanning, WA 6317