Heritage and Culture 2017

heritageCongratulations to the 2017 State Winner for Heritage and Culture:

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State finalists for the 2017 Heritage and Culture Award were:

Port and South Hedland
Three Springs
West Arthur

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Yilgarn History Museum Upgrades

heritageWA's first Registrar’s Office, built in 1892 is the home of the upgraded Yilgarn Museum. A hard working group of volunteers completed major achievements utilising grants from the Yilgarn Shire and the Lotteries Commission.

New glass display cabinets, mannequins, and signage were installed as well as an insulated storage building, to store items when not on display. The new display units allowed old wooden cabinets to be moved to a different part of the museum and the Mining room has been totally redone, creating a fantastic new, open, display.  To move everything out and setup the new display took five volunteers over two weeks to complete.

The Mining Pavilion now displays a prospector’s humpy complete with a sample of their furnishings and a prospector’s wheelbarrow; a full-size tamper and a drill; and recycled floor boards form a backdrop for a display of the larger tools of early prospectors.   Further grant applications have been sought to provide training to volunteers on the museum software ‘Mosaic’.

Yurlmun:Mokare Mia Boodja (Returning to Mokare’s home country)

alThis award *winning exhibition is an outstanding significant cultural achievement for Albany with the return home to Country of historical Aboriginal Menang artefacts from the British Museum, London, where they had been kept for over 180 years. The loan of the artefacts for 6 months was unprecedented and was the result of extensive engagement between the Western Australian Museum, the National Museum of Australia, the Menang community and the British Museum. 

The exhibition explored the friendship between Noongar man, Mokare and British Navy surgeon, Dr Alexander Collie as well as indigenous and settler relationships in the first few decades of European settlement.  Upon Dr Collie’s death, objects that had been gifted to him by Mokare were donated to the British Museum and it is these objects that were displayed, as well as artworks and paintings of 19th century views of Albany and the Menang people.

Local elders and Aboriginal youth ambassadors held a special ceremony in Albany to welcome the historic artefacts back to Country and objects were cared for by the Albany Heritage Reference Group Aboriginal Corporation.

*This exhibition won the Museums and Galleries National Award 2017 for an ‘Indigenous Project or Keeping Place’

zebrasConnecting Four Towns through Art 

This project aims to connect the four towns of the Shire of Dandaragan with an art and sculpture trail. Themes are based on what represents the heritage or culture of each town and are:
Dandaragan - Farming diversity;
Jurien Bay - People and activities;
Cervantes - Fishing and quirky art trails; and
Badgingarra - Wildflowers

To support Cervantes’ identification with quirky art the town’s artists have created a ‘Zebra Crossing’, with two zebras facing each other and their bodies cross each other at the neck.  Badgingarra's art includes a penny-farthing bike and Dandaragan has commissioned a tree sculpture.     

Cervantes has designed a fisherman in a 'tinny' to be placed on a plinth at Banksia Reserve on Badgingarra Road. The piece will be seen coming over the hill from inland toward Cervantes.           

Port and South Hedland
120 Year Celebration

hedlandOn the 22 October 2016 the Town of Port Hedland celebrated its 120th birthday. A volunteer group planned, organised and developed several different concepts and events to celebrate this momentous occasion.  As part of the celebrations, a free community outdoor movie night, West End Markets and a short story writing competition was held.

A specifically produced commemorative booklet “Looking Back on 120 Years of History and Culture” was produced with information, pictures, and stories depicting life in and around Port Hedland over the past 120 years. The event was capped off with a big birthday party celebration, including a cake that was cut by the eldest centenarian member of the community and the Mayor.

Three Springs
Heritage Walk

thrThree Springs has installed 25 attractive metal plaques that display interesting historical information of the town. The plaques form part of a 2.2km heritage trail.

The information on the plaque was compiled by the Community Action Group, the Shire and the historical society. The information displays the history of the town from 1909, shortly after the gazettal of the town, through to 2006 when Three Springs celebrated 100 years of European settlement.

The metal plaques also reflect the culture and natural heritage of the town. The shape of the plaque panels represents the town’s unique wheat silos.  The Shire’s floral emblem (the rose mallee) is included on the panels. Examples of historical information found on the plaques include information on: the Country Women’s Association, the railway line, Kia Ira - a historical homeshed and the former nurses quarters.  The Shire produced an informative pamphlet about the walk which was shown to nine surrounding Shires, to help promote the heritage trail.

West Arthur
Betty Brown Museum

westA major project taking place in Darkan is the development of the Betty Brown Museum.  Edith Brown (Betty), (1930 – 2015), was a lifelong resident of West Arthur.  Betty had from 1969 taken on the sole running of her father’s two farming properties. She had provided funds to heat the community swimming pool and bequeathed $200,000 to the Shire, and items, to establish a museum.

The Shire undertook a significance assessment of the items, employed a consultancy firm and developed the museum interpretation plan. The findings were to expand the scope of the museum to be regionally focused.  Consultation with neighbouring communities including Wagin, Kojonup and Williams, took place and the museum will compliment others in the region.  The Museum's central theme is  “Women are the glue of rural communities” with sub-themes of; providing, working, leading and supporting.  

The unmanned museum will be housed in the original Darkan Road Board and will include oral histories recordings.