Irwin Districts Historical Society

Welcome to IDHS

This is our new website made public on 21 May 2019. Please understand it is still under construction…Thank you!

The IDHS was founded in 1964 and is dedicated to preserving the history of the Irwin Districts of Western Australia through our research office and museums located at the Dongara Old Police Station and Russ Cottage.

The IDHS is not for profit organisation staffed entirely by volunteers.
Our quarterly magazine The Sea Lion is available for download.
Vol 1 No 1 Spring 2018
Vol 1 No 2 Summer 2019


Irwin District Museum

The Irwin District Museum is located in the former Dongara Police Station which operated from 1871 to 1982. Permanent exhibits of local history, Lost Trades, Convicts of the Irwin Districts and the story of the Rabbit Invasion of Australia. You are welcome to visit our Research Office located at the Museum.

Russ Cottage is a house museum, set out to recreate a late 19th century worker’s cottage. It contains items donated by the Russ family as well as other items relating to the Irwin Districts.

Find Us, 5 Waldeck Street Dongara – Next to the Tourist Bureau

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