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Permanent Galleries

People Gallery
and Dalrymple Schoolroom

Over the last 175 years many colourful characters have left their mark on the Mandurah landscape. See their stories set here in the 1898 Dalrymple School, Mandurah's first Government School, which has now been beautifully restored and presented as it would have appeared when classes first began here at the dawn of the 20th Century. People are what make a community, and the diverse stories of those who have contributed to Mandurah's rich culture from before white settlement to the proclamation of the City that we see around us today come to life here. Noongar lifeways, the initial settlement of Mandurah by Thomas Peel and his indentured workers, along with the other pioneering families who built the town during the 19th and 20th centuries all made their contribution to the land. Read the stories, see the historic items, and wonder at the range of experiences and emotions that these lives from the past have left us.

Industry Gallery
Mandurah's industries have grown and changed over the years, from the farming that marked its beginnings to the fish canneries that dominated from the late 1870s. See the century old machines used by the canneries and the beautiful can labels which are impressive works of art in their own right. Mandurah's environment has always been rich and bountiful. The source of the City's prosperity today is the same as it was for the first humans who settled the land in the distant past. It is this richness which attracted settlers from Europe in the 1830s. From early farming and fishing on the estuary, to canning and tourism, you'll see how Mandurah's innovative citizens have adapted its industry to insure their continuing prosperity.

Environment Gallery
Mandurah's unique natural environment is showcased here, showing the natural beauty and rich environment that has sustained people living on its shores for thousands of years. The rich flora and fauna of the surrounding districts are a diverse and fascinating part of our planet's ecosystem. The magnificent Peel inlet and Harvey Estuary is highlighted in this gallery, where you will also see a model of the enormous and unique Megamouth shark that was washed up on Town Beach in 1988.

Recreation Gallery
See how Mandurah began to grow when its popularity as a holiday town took off during the 1890s goldrush when parched miners headed to the coast after their hard dusty work on the diggings. From the Brighton and Peninsula Hotels that were part of Mandurah's fondly remembered holiday scene to the tent camps of the early 20th Century, the history of Mandurah as a tourist destination is brought to life here.

Mandjar Gallery
The first settlers to arrive in Mandurah were the Aboriginals, who came to this country many thousands of years before Europeans. The richness of the Peel region attracted these settlers who adapted to live in harmony with their environment. In this gallery read the traditional creation story of the Estuary and discover the unique way of life that existed here before 1829. You will also see the advanced tools that were used by people to hunt for food and sustainably manage their natural environment in the past.



Recent Exhibitions
Dalrymple School Room Digital Production
Step back in time and experience for yourself what school would have been like in the early 1900s. Join Mr Dalrymple and his students in a typical school day.
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Archived Exhibitions
Holiday Homes of Mandurah
Holiday Homes of Mandurah exhibits a photographic record of quaint cottages and simple shacks that captures the memory of anyone who has spent their Christmas holidays in Mandurah. Read more >>

Borehole Exhibition
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Borehole Rescue, Mandurah Community Museum created an exhibition of spoken memories and photographs of the event. The exhibition celebrated the unique community spirit within Mandurah and acknowledged significant efforts undertaken by the people of Mandurah at that time. Read more >>



Before Mandurah was settled by colonists from Great Britain, the Bindjareb people, of the Bibulmun Nation, enjoyed this beautiful area with its waterways full of fish, turtles, crabs and birds. They travelled along centuries' old trails to keep up with the supply of bush tucker and built moveable small shelters - called mia mia - from sticks, paperbark, rushes or fine scrub. They took care to protect the environment and supply of food, by not staying in one place very long and leaving messages to let others know where they were going. The area around Mandurah is where all the Bindjareb families would meet for special occasions, particularly during the fishing season. The name Mandurah comes from the Noongar word, Mandjoogoordap - which means ‘meeting place'.

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