Warden Finnerty’s Residence

A collection in a national trust stone building

The simple grandeur of this stone house sitting atop Montana Hill, overlooking Coolgardie, is impressive. The view from the veranda is amazing, but don't forget the collection inside. The house was built for John Michael Finnerty the first Warden, or Magistrate in Coolgardie. The house is laid out with a collection of items from the later 1890s to the early 1900s. The items reflect how Finnerty and his family may have used the house. You can also enjoy an afternoon Devonshire tea. Of course, there is a Coolgardie safe in the collection: perhaps that is where the jam and cream are kept?


2 McKenzie Street
Coolgardie WA 6429

Opening Hours

Sat to Wed 11am - 4pm; or by appointment.

Instructions for applying bandages

In the early days of the Goldfields there were few medical staff and most people had to rely on each other in emergencies. This first aid kit has instructions on the front of it to assist with...

Coolgardie Cool

A trip to Coolgardie has to entail looking at an original Coolgardie Safe. Before fridges existed, many households kept food cool inside a Coolgardie Safe, which was invented in the late 1890s. The...

The finer things in life

This ornate cutlery set was owned by Elizabeth Finnerty, the eldest daughter of John Michael and Bertha Finnerty. It must have contributed to many special occasions and seemed very fine in the context...

More Golden Outback collections

Corrigin's early settler history, including a large collection of working magnetos.

A large display for a small town! The Corrigin Pioneer Museum is an extensive collection held in several buildings on site, including a blacksmith's shop, a single-room school, farming machinery...

A large museum for a small town

The Mt. Magnet Mining and Pastoral Museum celebrates its mining and pastoral history over several buildings. The sheer scale of the restored Hill 50 Winder in one of the sheds is impressive, whilst...

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...

A passion for cars and military history

This collection was built up over 30 years through a passion for cars and military memorabilia. Tony Clarke repairs and restores classic and muscle cars, and loves military history. You will find some...

While you're in the area

Bayleys Reward Fly Flat
Bayleys Reward Fly Flat
Bayleys Reward Fly Flat is the site where gold was first discovered in...
Hunt Street, Coolgardie, WA 6429
Coolgardie Historical Cemetery
Coolgardie Historical Cemetery
Reflect on the lives and hardships encountered during the gold rush years...
via Bayley Street, Coolgardie, WA 6429
Old Pioneer Cemetery (Coolgardie)
Old Pioneer Cemetery (Coolgardie)
A visit to the Old Pioneer Cemetery Coolgardie will give you an...
Forrest Street, Coolgardie, WA 6429
Historic Coolgardie Railway Station
Historic Coolgardie Railway Station
The Coolgardie Railway Station was opened on 23 March 1896. Traffic in the...
75 Woodward Street, Coolgardie, WA 6429