Monday, 29 May 2017

Inside History: WA's Daring 20th Century Bushranger

We're delighted to report the story of our local bushranger Frank Thomas has been featured across five pages in the final hardcopy edition of Inside History magazine (Autumn 2017). The magazine is available from selected newsagents around Australia and can also be ordered online direct from Inside History for $9.95.

The Geraldton Family History Society got their hands on a copy in good time and reported on Facebook: "The current and final issue of the Inside History magazine has some fantastic articles. For those of us from Geraldton and the Mid West of WA, A Fugitive from Justice is a must read." (thanks GFHS!)

We'd like to pay tribute to Inside History and the phenomenal job they've done of sharing Australian history, heritage and genealogy over the past few years. We're especially thankful for the multiple opportunities they've given us to reach out to broader and new audiences. The good news is that Inside History will continue online in different ways and we encourage you to join us in following them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

We would also like to thank the great group of volunteers who helped research the bushranger and uncover new information that contributed to the article. In many ways 2017 is the year of the bushranger... but more on that a little later!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Australian Heritage Festival in Carnamah on 30 April 2017

We invite you to attend Carnamah's first-ever contribution to the Australian Heritage Festival! From 10am to 2-30pm on Sunday 30 April 2017 there are a series of things to do and see in Carnamah.

The old bank building across the road from our museum has undergone a transformation over the past two years and will be opening for the first time as The Bank Gallery Space. Pressed metal ceilings, wooden floors and other features have been uncovered and are once again visible for the first time in decades.

The public is invited to see the restored octagonal-shaped bank chamber, strong room and manager's office. There will be an exhibition about the history of the building, live painting by North Midlands artist-in-residence Di Taylor, children's art activities and a display of four large artworks created by schools in Carnamah, Coorow, Perenjori and Three Springs. Rooms at the back of the building, to accommodate an artist-in-residence, will also be open.

Acoustic singer-songwriter Ashlea Reale will be performing on Macpherson Street. Ashlea has helped create a number of unique songs based on stories from Western Australia's history - including one on a character from our neck of the woods!

The state heritage-listed Macpherson Homestead, which was built in the late 1860s, will be open during the same hours. It is located just one kilometre east of town via a signposted driveway on the Bunjil Road. Originally known as Carnamah House, it was home to the Macpherson family for 70 years. They established the pastoral station Carnamah and a number of their sons spread northwards with connections to Arrino, Yandanooka, Greenough and the Murchison.

Our very own Carnamah Museum will also be open. The older part of our building was constructed in 1926 as a tearooms but was later used as a branch of the sports betting agency TAB. It has been our museum since 1992 and was substantially extended over 2011 and 2012. We have a diverse collection that explores the agricultural, commercial, social, sporting and domestic past of Carnamah and surrounding districts.

Entry to all three is FREE! 

Food & Drink

The Carnamah Post Office & Bush Basket will be open to sell fresh roasted coffees and hot chocolates while the Carnamah Hotel will be open for lunch. Our thanks to both for opening outside of their normal hours.

About the Festival

The Australian Heritage Festival is Australia’s biggest annual community-driven heritage festival. Western Australia's contribution to the festival involves around 130 events and tens of thousands of visitors each year.  The WA festival program of natural, Aboriginal and historic focused events provides an opportunity for communities, individuals, governments and organisations to celebrate the places and events that have shaped our heritage.

The Main Info

Date - Sunday 30 April 2017
Time - 10am to 2-30pm
Where - Carnamah, Western Australia

Boys Foraging by Di Taylor, 2017 Artist in Residence for the North Midlands