Irwin Districts Historical Society
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 and present.

Welcome to IDHS

Bridgetown BHS-19507 copyright Bridgetown HS
RWAHS Affiliates Conference
Bridgetown, September 2023
The Packout Room
Museum of Fishing and the Sea
Dongara's Convict History
How they Built the Victoria District
Dongara's Sikh Heritage
IDHS Bookshop
Local history titles you won't find anywhere else!
Search Our Archives
Documents, Books, Maps and Family Histories


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 three museums located at the Old Dongara Police Station, Russ Cottage and The Packout Room.
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.

You are cordially invited to become a member, see the ‘Join Us’ page!

The Irwin District Museum and Research office 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.

Our archives are free to search.

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.

Dongara’s Sikh Heritage
Presented in cooperation with
The Sikh Association of WA
Sandpiper Entertainment

Presented in 3 Parts
Part 1 – Sikh Heritage Sites
Part 2 – Sikh Heritage Themes
Part 3 – Lists and References

Left: A miniature painting of the ten gurus, 1890 Wikipedia

Read the recent IDHS Committee minutes here

Our PRIVACY POLICY can be viewed here.

Our Location

Museum Location


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