Display of the ship Leeuwin
The southwest corner of Australia was referred to by the Dutch in the 17th century as "'t Landt van de Leeuwin" ("The Land of the Leeuwin") and subsequently shortened to "Leeuwin's Land" by the English.
Leeuwin was a Dutch galleon that discovered and mapped the southwest corner of Australia 400 years ago in March 1622.
To commemorate this event, a display has been erected at The Old Settlement with information about the Leeuwin and the discovery of the southwest corner of Western Australia with a detailed ship's model made by John Alferink.
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 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.
Tuesday 10:00am - 12:30pm
Thursday 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 1:00pm
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 Higgins Street.
Introduction video created by the Perth photography group
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.
Come and experience how the early settlers lived in the area. Have a look around the old settlement, run by volunteers. Participate in everyday tasks and visit the classroom in the old school.
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.
Mural artist "Shakey" at the Old Settlement, Margaret River
Gaby McGoldrick, reporter for The Local Pulse, interviewed Shakey onsite at the Old Settlement.
As part of Margaret River’s Centennial of Group Settlement celebrations artist Jacob Butler (AKA Shakey) painted a mural at the old settlement site.
The Margaret River Historical society supplied Shakey with old photos of people in the first group settlements. These intrepid pioneers came to Margaret River in the hope of succeeding in the local dairy and logging industries.
Shakey brought these images to life in memory of the settlers.