February 2023










Located at the Old Schoolmaster's House, Edenvale Heritage Precinct, Pinjarra. 

Our volunteers are there to greet you on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am – 3 pm, or by appointment.


The aim of the Historical Society is to research, collect, maintain and share stories of the Murray District that stretches from North Dandalup to Coolup, from West Murray to Dwellingup – and including the vibrant town of Pinjarra.  We have a well maintained local history library, interesting displays and a large collection of photographs, documents, and display books.


We also have a strong membership of enthusiastic people and are always looking for additional members to join us.  If you have a love of history, in particular of the Murray District, or if you have information to share, please visit us.  And if you like what you see, consider becoming a member of our group.  Our general meetings with a guest speaker are open to visitors.  Other events, including bus trips, are usually restricted to members.  All visitors are welcome to browse our collections during our ‘open’ hours or by appointment.



The New Year of 2023 has begun!


2023 Events Brochure

Soon the Events Brochure will be available indicating the exciting events for Members of the Murray Districts Historical Society throughout 2023 – and anyone else who just might be interested to become a new Member!




Lucy Harriet Emily Hines nee Pizey   1871 – 1948

(Article submitted by Mervyn Beacham)

Recently MDHS had an enquiry about Lucy’s concerts at Fairbridge Farm School near Pinjarra prior to 1948. Turns out one of Lucy’s descendants is researching her musical background. After a quick look through “Trove” digitised newspapers on line (courtesy of the National Library of Australia), articles were found about the family.


Lucy married Ernest William Maymon Hines (E.W. Hines), he was born at Pendleton Lancashire in about 1868 and died at Adelaide SA in 1927.

They had one son, Oliver Maymon Hines born 1911 at Adelaide, SA and died at Dalkeith, WA in 1998. He married Jean Calthorpe Eglinton and she died in 1995 at Nedlands, WA.


E.W. Hines was Rector of Quorn, SA 1906 – 1914 and a further 14 years at Morgan, SA.

After E.W. Hines died, Lucy headed west with her son and found employment at Fairbridge Farm School.



Murray Districts Historical Society is looking for local anecdotes with regards to Lucy’s time at Fairbridge, which will be passed on to the author of the proposed book.


If you have any information on Lucy Hines and would like to share it, please contact:

Merv Beacham 0417 986 838 or cloud.ix@bigpond.com


Follow our monthly articles in the Community Newspaper for more information about the history of Pinjarra and the heritage buildings of the Murray District.  And we always welcome any stories or photos you are willing to share with us.


And we welcome new members.

For information about the Murray Districts Historical Society, its membership and its activities, please contact

Anne Cubitt – Secretary  mdhspinjarra@outlook.com


For assistance with research or general questions about local history, contact Merv Beacham on 0417 986 838, or Val King on 0458 673 608


For more photos and stories of the rich history of the Murray, look at our Website murrayhistory.org.au/home or visit us at the Old Schoolmaster’s House within the Edenvale Heritage Precinct.


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Murray Districts Historical Society • Old Schoolmaster's House, Henry Street • Edenvale Precinct • Pinjarra Western Australia