Irwin Districts Historical Society

Welcome to IDHS

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.

A crowd of about 75 guests and members celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Russ Cottage House Museum on Saturday January 23 2021. Shane Love MLA, Deputy Leader of the National Party cut the cake along with long term senior member Don Barrett.

We have waived membership fees for 2020/21
See our ‘Join Us’ page

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 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.

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

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 PRIVACY POLICY can be viewed here.


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