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In the Service of Humanity - 60 Years of St John Ambulance in Wanneroo

St John's Ambulance Brigade

When: 22 September - 24 November, 2018 // Museum Opening Hours. Closed Sundays and Public Holidays.
Where: Wanneroo Regional Museum, Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, 3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo
Cost: FREE

Inspired by the medieval Knights of St John who offered care and shelter for pilgrims and crusaders, the Order of St John was revived in Victorian England. It formed the St John Ambulance Brigade to put the Order’s humanitarian ideals into practice which spread across the world. Sixty years ago a service was established in Wanneroo quickly becoming a crucial community resource.

Discover the history and growth of this amazing volunteer based organisation in a new exhibit at the Wanneroo Regional Museum.

Visit during the School Holidays to take part in some fantastic activities with a First Aid theme, dress up as a doctor and tend to patients in a play surgery, find treasures of the past in a new museum clue hunt or craft a skeleton puppet to take home. 

Join us on the 26 September and October 3 between 10:30-12:30pm for a visit from the St John 000 Heroes. Visit includes bandaging demonstrations, the recovery position puzzle board, 000 Hero book and bear readings and more. 

Contact the Wanneroo Regional Museum on 9405 5920 for any queries.


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Saturday 20 October - Saturday 24 November 2018 // Monday to Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm 

Conference Room, Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre Gallery, 3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo


Between 1914 and 1918, 23 members of the Wanneroo community served in the ‘War to End All Wars’. In the 100th anniversary year of the end of the global conflict that scarred the beginning of the 20th century, we remember those who served. Some lost their lives, some returned to home and family forever changed by the experience. This exhibition honours those men that went to war and the loved ones who waited for them. 

They include James Dunn Bennett who lost his life in 1915 at Gallipoli on what came to be known as Anzac Day, and Richard William Bettles who was a captured in France in April 1917 and interned as a Prisoner of War at Limburg, Germany until he was repatriated in January 1919. 

Join us for a talk with archaeologist and author Sue Carter on Thursday 25 October 6pm-8pm with her talk: The Archaeology of the Somme. Sue takes you on a journey in the footsteps of one Battalion’s struggle during the Battle of The Somme in 1916. This is a free event, but booking is essential.

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If you have any stories or information about local soldiers in the First World War, the Wanneroo Regional Museum would love to hear from you. Contact us by email: or call 9405 5920.

It's all about the past

Girl with vintage phone

When: Mondays // 10:00am to 11:00am (during school terms)
Where: Wanneroo Regional Museum, Wanneroo Library & Cultural Centre, 3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo
Cost: FREE for 2 to 5 year olds with accompanying adult. No bookings required. 

Our Museum program has been designed to introduce your little ones to the history of Wanneroo in a fun and interactive way. We explore different themes throughout the program via craft activities, play and storytelling. This exciting program is designed for children aged 2-5 years old and their accompanying grown up. You will learn all about our past through songs, stories, crafts and by exploring our museum. 

No booking is required, but please come early as space is limited!

Sundays at Cockman House

Image of Cockman House

When: Every Sunday (closed through February) // 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Where: Cockman House, corner of Wanneroo Road and Ocean Reef Road
Cost: FREE

The City of Wanneroo’s oldest remaining residence, Cockman House, opens its doors to heritage loving visitors every Sunday afternoon. Built by James Cockman and completed in 1860, Cockman House holds a special place in Wanneroo’s rich history as the home of one of its earliest settler families.

Visitors can pack a picnic to enjoy on the beautiful grounds and play some old fashioned games including quoits and skittles. No visit would be complete without a tour of the historic building to gain a fascinating insight into the lives of the pioneering Cockman family.

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