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1. WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM
WHAT Home to some of the state’s most exciting exhibitions, from local Aboriginal
culture to meteorites and dinosaurs. OPEN Seven days a week, entry by donation.
Perth Cultural Centre.
2. WA MARITIME MUSEUM
WHAT As well as housing galleries highlighting Fremantle’s port history, this is home to
America’s Cup winner Australia II. OPEN Seven days a week. Victoria Quay, Fremantle.
3. EDWARD DE COURCY CLARKE EARTH
SCIENCE MUSEUM FREE
WHAT A showcase of minerals, rocks, fossils and meteorites, perfect for geology
fans. OPEN Monday, Wednesday, Friday. UWA, Crawley.
4. ARMY MUSEUM OF WA
WHAT Tanks, field guns and military vehicles... see how the Australian army has
equipped itself over the years. OPEN Wednesday to Sunday, but bookings needed.
Artillery Barracks, Burt Street, Fremantle.
5. FRESHWATER BAY MUSEUM FREE
WHAT Artifacts, photographs and oral history tapes in a preserved 19th
century schoolhouse. OPEN Monday to Friday, first Sunday of the month.
66 Victoria Avenue, Claremont.
6. AVIATION HERITAGE MUSEUM OF WA
WHAT 23 airplanes and 21 engines, including the very rare Avro
Lancaster OPEN Seven days a week. Bull Creek Drive, Bull Creek.
Most of our Rotto memories involve
gorging on jam doughnuts at the bakery,
swimming at the Basin, and sheepishly
piking on the bike ride to walk up the
hill. Comparatively fewer involve the
island’s rich history, which is our oversight
– a s its heritage officer, Patsy Vizents,
says, the island has a unique background
that not many visitors know about. She’s
changing that with Rottnest Open House
– a weekend event that opens the doors
to some of Rotto’s oldest and most
unusual buildings. “When people come
to Rotto they get the chance to stay in
a building that’s 150 years old,” she says.
“They were made from limestone quarried
on the island by the inmates in the Aboriginal
prison. Each one is different – they have
unusual architectural features like wonky
walls, and doorways slightly out of alignment.
They were built at a time when you couldn’t
order particular windows or doors – you had
to use whatever you could come across.” It’s
something we should be extremely proud
of, says Patsy, because it makes up part of
Western Australia’s cultural history. Though
Rotto celebrated a centenary of tourism in
2011, it was actually inhabited for 40 years
prior to being a holiday hub, and Patsy fills
us in on the people who lived there. “Some
of the houses we have open are the pilot’s
and crew’s houses,” she says. “They were
responsible for taking the pilot boat out to
meet ships heading into Fremantle Harbour.
Rottnest is surrounded by reefs, and a lot
of ships haven’t made it, so the pilot would
row out to meet the ship, climb on board
and steer it safely to Freo, and then the crew
would row to the harbour, pick the pilot up
and row back.” The crew’s houses have been
preserved thanks to a rigorous maintenance
program, usually conducted annually around
this time. Patsy admits it’s difficult to juggle
the event with the repair schedule, but
she wouldn’t have it any other way. “We’re
crowing about our fabulous history,” she
says. Various locations, Rottnest Island,
Jun 25-28 and Jul 23-26 .
WA Youth Jazz Orchestra presents...
A SWELL AFFAIR
With Dan Barnett (SYD) and the WA Youth Orchestra Strings
“Dress up in your vintage finest and join us to commemorate
the centenary of Frank Sinatra’s birth.”
Mace Francis, Artistic Director
SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER | 7.30PM
Astor Theatre, Mount Lawley
Tickets on sale in June
83 Bussell Highway, Margaret River
T: (08) 9758 7200 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Galler y Hour s: 10am - 5pm Daily
27TH JUNE 6-8PM
Join us for a glass of wine and a recital by poet
JOHN KINSELLA of his Silhouettes’ poem.
A hard cover coffee table book of Five Collaborative Exhibitions
between JAHROC Furniture and visual ar tists Shaun
Atkinson and Larry Mitchell, poet/novelist John Kinsella,
the late architectural designer Ian Bailey, the late designer
Leslie John Wright, and surfboard designer/shaper Jim Banks.
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