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The Life and Times of Gloucester Lodge

Black and white photo of Gloucester Lodge

When: From Saturday 6 July 2019 // Museum Opening Hours. Closed Sundays and Public Holidays.
Where: Main Showcase, Wanneroo Regional Museum, Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, 3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo
Cost: FREE

Gloucester Lodge first made a splash in the lives of Yanchep residents as the Crystal Pool Bathing Pavillion in 1933. From Royal visitors to radar units, from honeymooners to heritage; this elegant old building has seen it all. Visit the Wanneroo Regional Museum from July 6 to see our new display and discover the incredible stories held within the walls of Gloucester Lodge, told together for the first time.

Meet me at the Museum

People at museum viewing object

When: Wed 3 July, Wed 7 Aug, Wed 4 Sept, Wed 2 Oct, Wed 6 Nov, Wed 4 Dec // 10:30am to 12:00pm
Where: Wanneroo Regional Museum, Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, 3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo
Cost: FREE drop-in event. No booking required.

Come along and reminisce at Meet me at the Museum, meeting on the first Wednesday of every month from 10:30am-12pm in the Wanneroo Regional Museum. With a different theme each month, this free drop-in event offers older adults the chance to sit back and share memories of times gone by with our friendly museum staff. Free tea and coffee are provided and all are welcome. 

Monthly themes

Come along to our first Meet me at the Museum session in July to talk about the days when Boans and Aherns ruled the high street and Singer sewing machines and ‘make do and mend’ were the order of the day. 

August’s special session of Meet me at the Museum takes place in the Hearsay exhibition in the Gallery upstairs, where we discuss everything from the Birdman Rally and big cat sightings to the Alkimos Shipwreck. 

September’s theme is transport; share your memories of the Wanneroo Raceway, Pearsall’s garage, old cars and getting around, past and present. 

In October, we chat about making Wanneroo home, sharing stories and memories of the journey here and making do. 

You Have to Draw the Line Somewhere

Draw the Line poster

When: Saturday 12 January - Wednesday 3 July 2019 // Museum Opening Hours. Closed Sundays and Public Holidays.
Where: Main Showcase, Wanneroo Regional Museum, Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, 3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo
Cost: FREE

For thousands of years maps have been used to represent the world in two dimensions in order to help determine the edge of coasts, borders of countries and boundaries of properties. 

A new exhibit at the Wanneroo Regional Museum captures the history of mapping and surveying in the Wanneroo region and further afield. With an array of fascinating instruments on display that demonstrate the complexity and precision of the surveyor’s task, the exhibit also highlights the way that the surveyors of the past observed, measured and recorded the natural landscape.     

It's all about the past

Girl with vintage phone

When: Mondays // 10:00am to 12:30pm (during school terms)
Where: Wanneroo Regional Museum, Wanneroo Library & Cultural Centre, 3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo
Cost: Free, drop in, no bookings required.

Come join in the fun at Wanneroo Museum. You and your child can explore the past together through games, stories, crafts and real artefacts. Activities are self-led with staff on hand to provide ideas on how to enjoy your time at the museum. Suitable for children aged 2-5 years. Adults must stay and play. 

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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