Margaret River & Districts Historical Society

The Margaret River and District Historical Society (MRDHS) began around 30 years ago and is dedicated to collecting, preserving and cataloguing the local history of Margaret River and surrounding districts. The MRDHS centres around the 1925 Bramley School building on the banks of the Margaret River and has around 30 members plus volunteers.

The Bramley School contains historical school paraphernalia, many local photographs and changing displays. In 2015, after many years of restoration work by MRDHS members and volunteers, another Group Settlement building, a “Groupie” house, was officially opened and operates as a museum.

The blacksmith workshop at the Old Settlement
Group settlement building and Bramley School at the Old Settlement

The museum holds a collection of Group Settlement artefacts, dating from between 1921-1935 and is surrounded by farming implements, blacksmith tools, renovated spring carts and an old dairy and milk shed that were used during the same period.

Both of these buildings offer an insight into the history of early life in the district during the early 1920’s and the families that once lived and worked the land.

Opening hours

Tuesday 10:00am - 12:30pm
Thursday 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm

The Margaret River & Districts Historical Society is located at
The Old Settlement
69 Bussell Highway
Margaret River WA 6285

Acesss and parking

The Historical Society is located just south of the river. Access to the Historical Society is through Higgens Street.

Map: Access to the Historical Society is through Higgens Street.
School visits

The Old Settlement is also a great place for school excursions.

Students can experience how the early settlers lived in the area. They will be shown around the old settlement by volunteers, they can participate in everyday tasks and visit the classroom in the old school.

For more information or to book a school visit, please contact our secretary Shelley Wightman.

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