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Wilkinson Homestead Museum

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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.

Opening Times:

The City of Gosnells Museum - Wilkinson Homestead opening times are:
  • Tuesday 9am - 1pm
  • Sunday 2pm - 5pm
  • Other times by request. Single and group tours available.

Admission Fees:

  • $2.00 Adults
  • $1.65 Concession
  • $1.65 Child
  • $5.30 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 Heritage Services staff 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 Heritage Services staff 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.

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LOCATION
Wilkinson Homestead Museum, 34 Homestead Road Gosnells WA 6110
CONTACT DETAILS
Telephone
9397 3144, or 0419 129 017
Fax Number
9397 3333
Email Address
council@gosnells.wa.gov.au
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Educational Hands On Activities

The Museum offers an outstanding Museum education program for school groups which combines learning with fun. History comes alive with the Museum's hands on activities. A selection of three programs is included in the very reasonable charge. Please contact Heritage Services staff on 9397 3144 to make a booking.

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School Excursions

City of Gosnells Wilkinson Homestead Museum provides hands-on activities that address key inquiry questions of the Australian Curriculum, especially in the history strand. The Wilkinson Homestead Museum Education Program is available on Wednesdays during school term and is suitable for Year 1 to Year 5. Teachers and students are encouraged to come in costume and really step back in time. Choose three activities for your class from the following:
  • Oranges and lemons

    Citrus growing was a major part of Gosnells’ development. The Wilkinson family owned one of the largest citrus orchards in the City of Gosnells. At the Wilkinson Homestead orchard, students learn about the various types of citrus, squeeze and taste fruit, see the Lightning fruit grader in action and make a fruit box stencil.
  • Making do

    In the past, people ‘made do’ re-using items and materials in order to create many of their household items. Children improvised with toys made of things found at home and in sheds. At the Museum, students can see some of these examples, discuss how the toys were made and finish the activity by making a peg doll or a rag rug as a group.
  • Scone and butter making

    Scones were made in the Wilkinson Homestead as a cheap and quick means of feeding workers or children after school. Topped with homemade jam, scones were simple, filling and quick to make. At the Museum, students will have the opportunity to learn how to make butter and scones.
  • School room 1907

    At the Museum, students will be immersed in a 1907 school room and participate in lessons of the day. This includes lining up, singing ‘God Save the King’, reciting times tables, writing on a slate board and practising the 100 demons. Older students learn to write with ink pens and they will be told off if they use their left hand.
  • Old fashioned washing

    Women’s work was hard work - washing took all day. At the Museum, students will scrub dirty clothes with a washing board, pound them with a washing dolly, rinse and then wring out the excess water using a hand operated clothes wringer. Students will hang out the washing to dry on the rope and prop clothes line.
  • Clothing and fabric

    Students are introduced to the different styles of clothing worn in the old days, looking at the impracticalities of early fashions and having  a chance to dress up and do some basic sewing.
  • The Australian Colonies

    An interactive walk through the site of the original Davis family farm, talking about early Colonial settlement and learning about the hardships endured by the pioneer families and the impact of white settlement on the Aboriginal people living in the area. (Year 5 activity) 

Make a day of it

The Museum is a great place to spend the day. Students can bring a lunch and use the games box to test skills with old-fashioned entertainment such as knucklebones, egg and spoon race, marbles or horseshoes.

Take-away history

Visit the City of Gosnells website and online library catalogue to find more heritage and history information. The Museum also has History boxes with household artefacts and photos for use when in the classroom.


 For more information on the History Boxes available check out the What’s Here tab on the Wilkinson Homestead Museum page

 

History Boxes

History Boxes are available to schools for loan and contain a variety of historical artifacts which can be used to demonstrate the differences between how things were done in the past compared to the present.

There are two boxes called ‘A day in the life of Emma Wilkinson’ which contain a selection of domestic items such as sad irons, butter pats and rolling pins. A third box is called ‘Learn and play’ which contains items used at school such as dip (ink) pen and ink, slate boards and marbles.

The History Boxes are heavy duty, wheeled cases which are easy to transport.

History Boxes can be borrowed for two weeks at a time. Extensions are possible and will depend on availability. Extensions must be arranged prior to the return date.

There is no charge to borrow the History Boxes, but if damaged or lost costs, will be incurred as per the City of Gosnells fees and charges schedule.

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Venue hire - Wilkinson Homestead Museum

Wilkinson Homestead, a State Heritage listed building on the banks of the Canning River is home to the City of Gosnells’ Museum. The grounds may be hired for wedding ceremonies or other group gatherings.

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