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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Wilkinson Homestead Museum, 34 Homestead Road Gosnells WA 6110
9397 3144, or 0419 129 017
Fax Number
9397 3333
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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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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.

Wilkinson Homestead Museum Education Program Incursions – We will come to you! - Mon 29 Jul 2019
When: Monday 29 July, 9.00AM - 12.00PM
Monday 19 August, 9.00AM - 12.00PM
Monday 16 September, 9.00AM - 12.00PM
Monday 14 October, 9.00AM - 12.00PM
Monday 11 November, 9.00AM - 12.00PM

The Wilkinson Homestead Museum education program is available to schools within the City of Gosnells for incursions for a limited number of dates during Terms 2, 3 and 4.

Fees: As per Museum (Wilkinson Homestead) fees 2018-19
Suitable for: Children, 
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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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