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  • Exploration of the Irwin Districts

    Within fifteen years of the establishment of the Swan River Colony in 1829, the settlers were experiencing the problems of isolation, a small population and severe drought. Although the British…

  • 1917 Casualties

    • John Lewis Broad
    • Norman Leslie Carter
    • Frederick William Collins
    • Herbert Melbourne Criddle
    • Herbert Leslie Hood
    • Robert Francis Fitzgerald
    • Alexander Johnstone
    • Charles Joseph Byro Nairn
    • Leslie Gordon Norley
    • Francis William Pascoe
    • Frederick James Pascoe
    • Claudius Claremont Pell
    • Walter Samuel Pettit
    • Charles Johnson Rowland
    • George Forrestor Rowland
    • Silas John Rowland
    • William Joseph Rowland
    • William Whelan (Wheelan)
  • 1918 Casualties

    • George Brown
    • George Oriel Cousins
    • Vaughan Edgar Foss
    • Hurtle Henry Fergusson
    • Robert Pell
    • Charles Purcell
    • John Eardley Walker
  • A Brief History of the Irwin Districts

    A short chronological history of the Irwin Districts since colonisation

  • A Port for the Irwin District

    Situated on Arurine Bay, a townsite was surveyed as “Denison” in 1866, but was generally referred to as “Port Irwin” up to the 1880’s. It was later called “Port Dongara”…

  • The Story of the Leander

    The 173 ton brigantine Leander was built in New Brunswick in 1849 of birch, pine and spruce and was fastened with iron bolts. Her owners were Smith and Company and…

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5 Waldeck Street (PO Box 347) Dongara WA 6525 08 9927 1323
Open to the public 10am - 12pm Monday to Saturday, or by appointment
Entrance by Donation

Irwin Districts Museum
5 Waldeck Street Dongara (next to Public Library)
Russ Cottage House Museum
1 St Dominics Road Dongara (next to Denison bridge)
The Packout Room
3 Macintyre Cove Port Denison Waterfront (Fishermen's Co-op building)

5 Waldeck Street Dongara 10am - 12pm Monday to Wednesday, or by appointment. Contact us for current fees and charges
is currently limited. Please contact us if you are planning a visit to any of our museums or research centre so we can provide any particular assistance that would enhance your experience. We have one universally accessible toilet, available for museum visitors, at Russ Cottage.
is available off-street at Russ Cottage and The Packout Room, and on-street at the Irwin Districts Museum (Waldeck Street).

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