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Mission Statement
Mandurah Community Museum seeks to serve its community by being a leading local museum of social and urban history in the West Australian Regional environment.

In 1986 the Historical Society established the Museum in Dalrymple's Schoolroom. They managed and maintained it until the City of Mandurah took over in 2001. Advice on issues relating to the management of the Mandurah Community Museum and its programs is presented to Council by the Museum Advisory Committee.

The Museum's daily operations are overseen by the Museum Development Officer supported by a team of dedicated and indispensable volunteers. A part-time Museum Education Officer is employed to develop programs and resources reflecting the museum's collection.

Where are we?
3 Pinjarra Road, Mandurah, Western Australia
– just by the old wooden bridge!
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Opening hours
Monday - Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11.00am – 3.00pm

Mailing us
Mandurah Community Museum PO Box 210 Mandurah WA 6210

(08) 9550 3680



Mandurah has not always had water “on tap”. Early settlers shared a well and carted water for their uses. As the settlement grew and people became more prosperous, they sank their own wells. At first, water would have been drawn by a bucket (probably made from a kerosene tin) on a rope. Some people may have had the money to buy a small hand pump. At the same time, rain water would have been collected, mainly in barrels, from run-offs from shed or house roofs.

By the beginning of WWII, windmills had made an impact. As a child on my first visit to Mandurah, I can remember being fascinated by all the windmills. Houses had overhead tanks to store the water and on a windy day, water was piped into houses. What a boon that must have been for the housewife - no more carting water on washdays!

When we first built our house, in 1959, the first thing was to dig a well – boy what a job that was!! Mandurah is built on limestone and it took some time getting through the stone. At the same time, as soon as the gutters went on the house, a water tank was positioned to collect the rainwater runoff from the roof, for drinking water. Today, nearly 50 years later, the well and rainwater tanks are still in use – the well waters the garden and the rain water makes the perfect morning cup of tea!

Ruth Watson – Volunteer and long term resident.

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