Mandurah Museum

A march through history

Wandering through the carefully curated rooms of Mandurah Museum is like meandering back in time. You’ll start your journey in the time when Aboriginal people were the only inhabitants of the region and continue on a historical journey from European settlement to the birth of the region’s fishing industry. The museum is housed within three buildings protected by a single roof. One of these buildings was Mandurah’s first government school - you can enter one replica classroom reminiscent of those early days to get a taste of early school days here. In the 1960s a Police Station was constructed at the site, complete with a courthouse and cells. Walk into an old prison cell where an audio recording of prison guards barking orders brings the setting to life. The museum also tells the story of the region’s Aboriginal custodians with interpretive signage featuring the memories and stories of Aboriginal Elders. Amongst the varied display items, you’ll find oddities such as a life-sized replica of a five-metre-long, prehistoric-looking, megamouth shark, which washed up on a beach here in 1988.

Address:

3 Pinjarra Rd
Mandurah WA 6210
Australia

Opening Hours

Tues to Fri 10am - 3pm; closed Sat to Mon.

Boat's history reflects Peel's changing economic fortunes

This replica boat model showcases one of the oldest wooden boats in Mandurah. Scottish settler Bob Smart ordered the boat built in Fremantle in 1912 to transport produce from Mandurah to Fremantle...

Fishing bounty

The waters of the Peel-Harvey estuary provided a rich bounty for the region’s Aboriginal people, who would use mungah, or fish traps, to channel fish into small areas where they could catch them by...

Relic of an early woman entrepreneur

The early 1900s were, perhaps, not noted for women entrepreneurs but one astute business woman bucked the trend, launching a series of successful businesses. Silvina Lanyon launched her business...

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