Located on the beautiful banks of the Canning River, the Museum collection is housed in the State Heritage listed Wilkinson Homestead. The site has an interesting history that includes early European settlement, and the district's agricultural development. The Museum property and adjacent park are part of the 1829 land grant to pioneer John Okey Davis. The homestead, built in 1912, is on one of the largest citrus producing properties in nineteenth century Western Australia. Replica buildings, including the machinery shed, dunny and washhouse reflect life in earlier times.
The City of Gosnells Museum - Wilkinson Homestead opening times are:
- Tuesday 9am - 1pm (Open Tuesday 18th April, Closed ANZAC Day)
- Sunday 2pm - 5pm (Closed Easter Sunday).
- $1.65 Adults
- $1.40 Concession
- $1.40 Child
- $4.40 Family
The collection features textiles, agricultural machinery, domestic equipment, furniture, historic photographs and paintings significant to local history. In mid 2006 the Museum received a donation of a beautifully restored vintage Essex motor car. This 1927 vehicle, formerly owned by local man Cyril Newton, was driven throughout Gosnells in the 1930s and attracted much attention, as cars, particularly of this type, were a relatively rare sight. This donation to the City by the Amaroo Village Board is a truly significant and greatly appreciated gift. It is currently on display in the main shed at the City's Museum.
The Museum is an attractive site for group visits and is available outside normal opening hours by request, for weddings or other group gatherings. The Museum can accommodate people with special needs. Chairs and tables can be provided. Please contact the Museum Curator on 9397 3144 to discuss requirements.
The Museum appreciates donations of objects, photographs and archival material relevant to the City of Gosnells. The Museum’s collection policy is available below or you may wish to contact the Curator on 9397 3144 to discuss your opportunity to add to the collection. Donations of objects or funds may be tax deductible and acquisition forms are available on the History and heritage donations page.
Community support is essential to the operation of the Museum. Volunteers work with the collection, present education programs, provide tours, undertake research, and assist with other activities. To find out what positions are currently available check out the Heritage volunteering page.
To find out what the City is doing to record and preserve its history and heritage, visit the community involvement page. You may also be interested in visiting one of the City’s interesting historic places to learn more about local history and heritage.
Wilkinson Homestead Museum appears on Today Tonight
Reproduced with permission from Today Tonight - Channel Seven Perth.