Current Projects

Group House Project | Cataloguing our Collection | Grants The Old Settlement

At any time, the Margaret River & Districts Historical Society will have several projects under way, some a little more on hold than others, depending on the available man/woman power.

The current headings on this page show what we're involved with at the moment.

One of the longer-term projects is the digitisation and archiving of our considerable collection of old photographs and documents. And since we have taken over management of The OldSettlement, this recording and photographing now includes a significant collection of artefacts. This is expected to take years rather than months and is limited in its execution by  the time available to our members, but our Documentary Archivist has gathered together a dedicated little band who are determined to make inroads. If you might have a couple of hours a week - or a month - to spare, please do contact Pauline Graves via paulinegraves6@gmail.com She'll make you welcome.


The Old Settlement, on the river bank at the entrance to town, has now been open since 2015 and is gradually coming back to life. The Historical Society has restored the Group House to show life as it was lived by the Group Settlers and the Bramley School building is now part Historicals HQ and part schoolroom museum and photographic display area. A big group of volunteers mans the site when it's open and here too, additional volunteers are most welcome.
Contact Curator Elwyn Franklin on elfra@westnet.com.au
or use the "contact" form on Contact & Meeting Details. You'd be welcomed!
CURRENT "OLD SETTLEMENT" OPENING TIMES (SUMMER 2016) are:
Tuesday 2pm to 4pm
Thursday 2pm to 4pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm
Entry by donation and school parties are welcome, by appointment.

A project that we have just begun is the Main Street Project, where we plan to erect/attach plaques to main street buildings to show what went before. This is a long-term project as we rifle our collection of photographs and seek local histories, but we expect that it will eventually provide an excellent attraction for locals and tourists alike. Donations of photographs (we can copy and return) and any historical information would be much appreciated. Contact President John Alferink on gnarawary4@bigpond.com if you have such items.



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Group House Project: A groupie underneath!



Group House Project: A groupie in mint condition.


Group House Project: A groupie almost gone.