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Heritage and Museum Information

Heritage Places

The City of Wanneroo is proud of its rich cultural heritage and encourages residents to visit our local heritage places.

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Wanneroo Museum
Ground Floor, Wanneroo Library & Cultural Centre
3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo 

The Wanneroo Regional Museum showcases the City’s rich cultural heritage with exciting displays that celebrate the stories of the area. With over 550 objects and photographs on display, including a road roller used to build Wanneroo Road, an original beach shack and treasures from shipwrecks. 

The recollections of local residents interpret the regions journey from an open land of lakes and traditional Aboriginal lifestyle to an isolated community of pioneers, and its growth into a thriving centre of industry and contemporary multicultural society.

To view a brochure of the Wanneroo Regional Museum & Community History Centre click below:

Wanneroo Regional Museum & Community History Centre Brochure.PDF

Wanneroo Museum is open Mon, Tue, Wed and Fri at 10am-4pm, Thur 10am-5pm and Sun 12noon-4pm.

For Schools

The museum currently offers three education programs:

Wanneroo P.I. (Past Investigator):

Students from years 1 to 5 use their historical and investigative skills to discover how the Wanneroo community has changed over time, through the stories, objects and images on display.

  • Lower and Middle primary programs available.
  • Time required: 1½—2 hours

Nyoongar Boodja Wanneroo:

Discover the importance of the lakes and coast of the Wanneroo area to the local Nyoongar people and the six seasons that guide the Nyoongar year. Suitable for students from Years 1 to 5.

  • Lower and Middle primary programs available.
  • Time required: 1½—2 hours

ANZAC

In this centenary year of the beginning of the Great War, the ANZAC programs looks at aspects of a soldiers' experience of war and at ways in which the community remembers the fallen of the ‘war to end all wars’.

  • Lower and middle/senior primary programs available
  • Time required: 1½ to 2.5 hours
  • Single classes only

Do you want Art with that?

Why not add on a Gallery Stopover at the end of your museum visit? Spend 15-30 minutes in Wanneroo Gallery upstairs from the Museum and actively explore the latest of the many fine works that come to this gallery, including national touring exhibitions.


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Community History Centre

The Community History Centre is located inside the Wanneroo Regional Museum.

Centre resources include maps, books, pamphlets, newspapers and clippings, photographs, family history resources and oral histories. It also has online databases to help students track their ancestors and an online historic photograph database 'Picture Wanneroo'.

Click here for more information

To view historic pictures of Wanneroo on Picture Wanneroo click below:

Picture Wanneroo Catalogue 



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Buckingham House and Old Wanneroo Schoolhouse
10 Nevill Drive, Wanneroo

Buckingham House was built around 1880 by John Buckingham and saved from demolition by the Wanneroo community in the 1970s, to become a Heritage Activity Centre for school groups.

In 1898 John Buckingham donated five acres of land near what is today the junciton of Wanneroo and Dundebar Roads in Wanneroo for the construction of a school. He also gave £5 towards building costs. The Wanneroo School was opened on 30 January 1899 with Charles Shaw as teacher and 14 students enrolled. After several moves, the old school has to rest in May 2009 next to Buckingham House for use once again by school children.

For Schools 

Buckingham House and OldWanneroo Schoolhouse provide students with an experience of how people used to live and learn in the day before electricity in home. In the Heritage Activity program, students enjoy hands-on encounters with old-fashioned chores and school activities, experience milking an (almost real) cow, savour the smell of damper from the kitchen stove; discover their talents at hand sewing and old-fashioned games as well as the feel of washing clothes by hand!

The education program is designed for Years 2-4.

For further information about the education programs at Buckingham House please contact the Project Officer.
Email: kate.burton@wanneroo.wa.gov.au or bryce.kershaw@wanneroo.wa.gov.au
Phone: 9405 9504 or 9405 5906


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Cockman House
Ocean Reef Road, Woodvale near the Wanneroo Rd intersection

Come and discover Wanneroo's oldest remaining residence, a significant heritage building, and discover the story of early settlers James and Mary Cockman and their descendants who called Cockman House home. The house and grounds provide a rare glimpse of the once rural outpost of Wanneroo on what was a working farm.

Open to the public Sundays 2-5pm. Closed all of February.
Entry: Donation

Available for weddings, photographs and group visits. Please contact the Project Officer.
Phone: 9405 5906

For schools

We present the History Hunter program, where students discover small facts to construct an overall story of the life and times of Cockman House, uncover a code to answer the 'final question', and are introduced to the idea of 'heritage'. Designed for Years 3-6.

For further information about the education programs at Cockman House, please contact the Project Officer.
Email: bryce.kershaw@wanneroo.wa.gov.au
Phone: 9405 5906


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Cultural and Civic Trail

Discover Wanneroo's rich, yet sometimes hidden heritage on the Cultural and Civic Trail in the Wanneroo Town Centre. The trail consists of 16 markers celebrating places and events, each marking a site of cultural and heritage value within the townsite of Wanneroo. Along the way you will also discover a superb array of public artworks, based on the cultural heritage of the district.

The trail booklet and map is available by donation from the Wanneroo Regional Museum.

Click below to download a map of the Cultural and Civic Trail:

Cultural and Civic Trail Map.pdf


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10th Light Horse Trail

Located in the Neerabup National Park adjacent to Wanneroo Road, just north of the Flynn Drive turnoff. The 1.3km commemorative heritage trail includes ten significant sites marked with signs. This is the site of the second camp of the 10th Light Horse in Wanneroo during World War II.

The regiment's role was to protect the West Australian coastline from the threat of enemy attack, especially after the entry of Japan into the War in 1941.

At this site was an administration area, cook house, ammunition dump and stores as well as a large area dedicated to manoeuvres, the horse lines and a tent for the farriers.

The 10th Light Horse Regiment was the last Australian Mounted Cavalry unit and was disbanded at this campsite in Wanneroo in April 1944.

Click below for a colour brochure about the 10th Light Horse:

10th Light Horse Brochure.pdf


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Cooper's Lime Kilns

Situated in Cooper's Park, Fairport Vista Mindarie, Cooper's Lime Kilns were established in 1932 by Henry Cooper and his sons. These kilns played an integral role in supplying lime to Kalgoorlie's gold mining industry for more than 10 years. The kilns, which underwent restoration in 2001, are today historically significant due to their association with the Cooper family who were the first permanant residents of Quinns Rocks.

Click here to view a colour brochure about the Lime Kilns of Wanneroo. 


Can you help us?

The following number plates were found buried under bitumen car parking space to the rear of the former Wanneroo Community Centre.

We are currently building a history collection about the number plates and seek the help of people in the community to provide stories, information or names of people linked to these plates. Please find the list of licence plates below.

BK 897
BO 349
BO 373
CN 152
CU 459
GN 1212
K 109
KD 173
KMC 507
KMC 2028
N393
M975
PE 358
SW 1278
SW 1279
TN 293
WA 858
WN 63
WN 171
WN 209
WN 247
WN 274
WN 299
WN 322
WN 332
WN 345
YA 222
WN 358
WN 370
WN 376
WN 515
WN 527
WN 574
WN 599
WN 668
WN 669
WN 708
WN 733
23 Dundebar Road, Wanneroo WA 6065 | Locked Bag 1, Wanneroo WA 6946
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