• Advocacy

    The Irwin Community has been asked for comments on draft plans prepared by Josh Byrne and Associates for the Shire of Irwin. The IDHS submission for the Irwin River Trails…

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  • Book Shop

    We can mail a copy of any book on our publication list to any address in Australia for $5 or overseas $14. In the first instance please notify us of…

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  • Library and Archives Search

    This search will look for albums, books, documents, catalogues, maps etc. from the IDHS archives.For more information please contact us with the item code as reference. Please read the IDHS…

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  • Russ Cottage

    Russ Cottage was built about 1869 and was purchased by the Shire of Irwin from the Russ family 100 years later. The cottage was leased to the Irwin District Historical…

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  • Irwin District Museum

    The Irwin District Museum is housed in the former Dongara Police Station, Courthouse and Gaol. The building also served as a ticket of leave hiring depot, and police quarters. The…

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Welcome to IDHS

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 a non profit organisation entirely staffed by volunteers.

The Society acknowledges the traditional owners of the Irwin Districts, their continuing connection to land, sea and community and pays its respects to elders and their cultures, past, present and emerging.

The Irwin Districts Historical Society is an association of people voluntarily working together in a spirit of stewardship to advance the history, culture and natural heritage of the Irwin Shire as a vital force in the development of a sustainable present and future for the Shire and its people.

Our five year Strategic Plan 2019-2024 is available for download.
You can view the objectives of the IDHS here.

We have waived membership fees for 2021/22
See our ‘Join Us’ page

Port Denison c1890s
Thomas Reynolds (1865-1939)
Oil on tin | IROB0211

This delightful painting is one of a pair which are currently being assessed for conservation.
If you would like to contribute to the cost of the works please contact us for more details.

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.

Learn more about the Westralian Red Ensign.

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.

Our quarterly magazine The Sea Lion is also available for download below:

Our PRIVACY POLICY can be viewed here.

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