Donnybrook Historical Society (Inc)

Understanding our history to plan our future.

Museum open by appointment, please call 08 9731

Welcome to the website of the Donnybrook Historical Society (Inc).


The Donnybrook district has a long history of Indigenous settlement, followed by European settlement from 1842.  It is a story worth telling and understanding.  Understanding and valuing our past enhances our present and future lives.


What do we aim to do?

The objectives of the Society are:

a)      To raise public awareness of, preserve, interpret and promote the history and heritage of the Donnybrook District.

b)      To identify, collect, classify, catalogue, interpret, preserve and store relevant records and objects with provenance to the Donnybrook District.

c)      To encourage donations of appropriate items.

d)     To provide a venue where such items can be seen and preserved, and information accessed and interpreted.

e)      To encourage research into local studies and the publication of articles and selected records.

f)       To attract and retain active membership of the Society through providing learning opportunities for members including holding workshops, interaction with other similar groups and promoting activities such as conferences, talks, visits and tours.

g)      To follow best museum practice.


The Society is an affiliate member of the Royal Western Australian Historical Society.


Over many years the main activity of the Society has been collecting and conserving many items of historic significance to the district.  These range from large items like farm machinery to fragile diaries, photos and historic documents.  They are currently housed and displayed in a museum building at the rear of the Soldiers’ Memorial Hall, Bentley St, Donnybrook.  Viewing is currently by appointment.  It is hoped that wider public access will be available in future if the  Shire of Donnybrook Balingup is successful in obtaining funding for a new purpose-built museum.  This museum would be co-located with the Donnybrook Telecentre in the Railway Heritage Precinct, near the Visitors Centre.


Who can join?

New members with an interest in history and heritage are very welcome.  Individual, Family and Corporate membership is available.  Currently Individual and Family membership is $10 p.a. (from 1 January to 31 December). 


When and where do we meet?

The Society meets every third Thursday of the month.  Currently we are meeting in the Donnybrook Ambulance Hall from 7.30pm.


Contact Details:

The Secretary

Sue Radford

P.O. Box 122, Donnybrook  WA 6239

Ph: 08 9731 8228


President: John Thomson, Ph. 08 9731 8264

Vice President: Vern Smithers, Ph. 08 9731 1395 

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