KALAMUNDA
AND DISTRICTS
HISTORICAL SOCIETY

  • Step back in time...
  • ... experience where the past meets the present...
  • ... and enjoy a day at the Kalamunda History Village

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Kalamunda is situated approximately 25km inland from Perth, Western Australia in the Darling Ranges. The district evolved from the timber and orchard industries and became a popular holiday venue for the people of Perth and Fremantle. The name Kalamunda derives from the Aboriginal 'Cala', meaning bush, and 'Munnda', meaning hearth.

The Kalamunda and Districts Historical Society manages the largest local history museum in Western Australia, depicting the unique hills life and industries centred around the development of the Kalamunda area. The Kalamunda History Village and Stirk Cottage are situated in pleasant surroundings close to the centre of the Kalamunda town site.

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Stirk Cottage

 

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OUR LOCO

OCTOBER EVENT

VOLUNTEERS WANTED

NOVEMBER EVENT

Sorry, our beloved
G118 locomotive is currently undergoing refurbishment and is not on display, but there is still lots to see when you visit us.

 

 

 

We are going on a trip to the old Carmel School on Sunday 15th October. RSVPs are essential for numbers and to for you to receive further details

Volunteers Wanted

We are always looking for new volunteers. If you’re interested, just contact us, or drop into the Village on a Thursday or Saturday morning

Linton Reynolds Talk

Mark your diaries for Saturday 4th November,
2-4 pm at the Bill Shaw Room. Please contact us for further information.

 

 

 

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The Society

The Kalamunda and Districts Historical Society is a vibrant organisation with over 200 members and 80 active volunteers. The society runs a lively program of events for its members and hosts at least one public event each year.

The society also manages two local heritage sites which are open to the public: Kalamunda History Village and Stirk Cottage. Both are situated in pleasant surroundings close to the centre of the Kalamunda town site.

 

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Kalamunda History Village

Kalamunda History Village is an unique heritage destination. Consisting of local heritage buildings which have been relocated to the site of the former 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, there are surprises around every corner.

 

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Stirk Cottage

The Kalamunda and Districts Historical Society is a vibrant organisation with over 150 members and 70 active volunteers. The society runs a lively program of events for its members and hosts at least one public event each year.

The society also manages two local heritage sites which are open to the public: Kalamunda History Village and Stirk Cottage. Both are situated in pleasant surroundings close to the centre of the Kalamunda town site.

 

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Kalamunda Heritage Walk Trails

Explore the fascinating history of Kalamunda through the photographs and memories of people who lived and worked in this area.

These leisurely walks through the Kalamunda town centre, focus on significant sites and their hidden histories. Take a step back in time, look at historic photographs, and listen to the voices of former residents, workers and visitors. See the way the area has changed over time, and perhaps revisit your own memories of Kalamunda!

 

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What Our Visitors have to Say

"I was immediately struck by the authenticity of this place. A beautifully preserved monument to times gone by and a fitting location to talk about my books, which also celebrate this time in history.  There is an incredible sense of place in this collection of buildings."

 

– Linda Bettenay, local author

Thank you again for such an amazing day at Kalamunda History Village last week.

We were blown away with what the children retained from visiting the village and had great feedback from parents.

 

– Courtney Zorn,
 Rostrata Primary School

Congratulations are due to the many volunteers who put in so much effort to make the Hands On Day in the school holidays such a success.  If my grandchildren are anything to go by I believe everyone had a really enjoyable and educational experience.

– Chris Oxberry, Kalamunda

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Kalamunda ...then and now...

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Kalamunda ...then and now...

This book is the third volume of photographs published by the Kalamunda and Districts Historical Society showing the ‘changing face of Kalamunda’.

Since the first two books were produced in the 1980s digital technology has revolutionized photography and printing.

We have taken advantage of this to create a 21st century publication with extra photos arranged in an interesting way, and with a new title too!

Some of the subjects appear again in this volume but we have tried to find ‘new’ old photos. In addition there are places not shown in the previous books and some fascinating previously unpublished photos have emerged.

We have attempted to date the photos as accurately as possible but this has proved somewhat problematical at times. Text is limited in a publication such as this but we hope this ‘potted history’ will be enough to allow you to enjoy the photos and give you a taste for further research.

The Society’s archives are housed in the Kalamunda Library as is the excellent photographic collection.

Jenny Lewis and Marie Garwood.

Available at Kalamunda Newsagency & Lottery Centre, Zig Zag Cultural Centre or Kalamunda and Districts Historical Society.

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