Chapman Valley Historical Society

Heaven for vintage farm machinery enthusiasts

Farm machinery and vintage motors enthusiasts will find themselves in heaven at the Chapman Valley Historical Society Heritage Centre. This massive and lovingly tended collection features trucks, tractors, shearing stands, wagons and a host of other local paraphernalia depicting farming life in the district. A band of dedicated volunteers man the centre, and are happy to hand out activity worksheets to kids, guide visitors on a riverside walk trail and share a chat about the history of this beautiful farming area. Outside, there are barbecue facilities and picnic tables for those wishing to stay a little longer as well as a beautiful World War I tribute honouring fallen soldiers. A short drive away is a quaint church designed by famed priest-architect Monsignor John Hawes.


15 East Terrace
Nanson WA 6532

Opening Hours

April to November Wed 9am - 12pm & Sun 10am - 4pm

Restored vintage tractor

This 1936 MCormack Deering WK40 tractor is among the 190 items that form the Clarrie Milne Vintage Farm Machinery collection at Chapman Valley Historical Society Heritage Centre. The Peet family of...

Hot pink lace ensemble

Chapman Valley local Pam Batten wore this striking hot pink lace ensemble as a 22 year-old strutting her stuff at the Army Ball at Ascot in 1972. Her mother handmade the outfit especially for the...

Nut bag

Chapman Valley woman Maude Gould fashioned this small handbag with nuts from a tree known locally as a ‘button tree’. It’s possible she received the nuts from a local gentleman who travelled the...

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