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Kalamunda History Village 2016

Open Day Sunday October 9th.

At 56 Railway Rd, Kalamunda, the Kalamunda History Village is on the site of the old Upper Darling Range Railway Station built in the 1890s to service the Zig Zag line which transported timber from Canning Mills to the main line at Midland Junction. It is the largest folk museum in Western Australia depicting the unique hills life and industries that developed in the area.  The two original railway stations and platform are on the National Trust List of Heritage Places.

                                                                                                                                    The Mike Coote collection.                                                                                                            Kim and Bob.

Bob W. has family ties to this area and along with Geoff E.  mounted a display of old tools in the horse stables. As usual Geoff was kept busy making wooden mallets while Bob had a display of wooden tools and some very nice examples of Western Australian timbers.

Bob says "We were invited to display at the Villages bi-annual “Open Day” last weekend.

Geoff, Elaine, Brenda and myself attended along with a visit from HTPSWA members Allen, Kim and George. Linda and Jamie dropped in to say hello. We were in the “Horse Stables” which has some nicely restored horse drawn vehicles and horse equipment. There is a small cabinet displaying part of the collection of the late Mike Coote who was a stalwart of the HTPSWA. Also on display, some of the memorabilia from my family, the area we took up would have allowed one extra member to display – but we all had a great time, and lots of discussions across the tables. All the Museum’s buildings were open to the public along with a Market Stall feeling,  with vintage cars, Penny Farthing bicycles, Kalamunda District Pipe Band and a working blacksmith.

The crowd was estimated to be in excess of 2,000 with a very large presence of children, who all ordered a ‘mallet’ from Geoff (or seemed like it).

The Museum Committee hovered round all day making sure we were looked after, and a good day was had by all."

                               Geoff, Bob and Lady Grace.                                                                                                  Kalamunda History Village.