July 2019




Located at the Old Schoolmaster's House, Edenvale Heritage Precinct, Pinjarra. 
Opening hours from 11am to 3pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.




Each year the Pinjarra Festival at Edenvale Precinct has been a huge success in early June.


The Murray Districts Historical Society had many happy Volunteers available throughout the Festival weekend at the Old Schoolmaster’s House so that visitors had interesting and informative experiences learning about the Peel history. Vince Taylor (Warder from Old Blythewood) brought along his fabulous old gramophone which encouraged many visitors to dance a jig down the path to our front door.


Our Volunteers also were available to ensure the recently restored St John’s Church was open to the public during the Pinjarra Festival weekend – then for further details of the early years of the church and some of its notable rectors, visitors were guided to the Old Schoolmaster’s House (through the lovely heritage rose gardens) to the Historic Society displays.


Photographic Display – at the Old Schoolmaster’s House

Visit us to view photos and stories of:

  • the former timber towns of the Dwellingup / Dandalup regions: Holyoake, Banksiadale, Marrinup and Whittaker’s Mill. 
  • the history and evolution of the Exchange Hotel
  • the history and restoration of the St John’s Church
  • the history and re-use of the Pinjarra Courthouse

and many other photos and documents of the rich history of the Murray District.



The Society has planned a bus tour for Monday 8th July, departing St John’s Church Pinjarra at 9.00pm.  We will travel via Forrest Highway to Bunbury, alighting at King Cottage Museum where we will enjoy local Bunbury history and morning tea as guests of the Bunbury Historical Society.  King Cottage was built around 1880 by Henry King and was owned by his family until 1923 when it was sold to the Carlson family.  In 1966 it was purchased by the city of Bunbury and subsequently leased to the Bunbury Historical Society.  The rooms of the cottage are furnished to fit the period from the 1880’s to the 1950’s.  The artefacts displayed – inside the house and within the grounds – are part of the Society’s collection reflecting the way of life for a family in Bunbury during that period.

The bus tour will conclude in Harvey where we will stop for lunch at Stirling Cottage (Harvey Visitors’ Centre) and visit the Harvey Internment Camp Memorial Shrine before returning to Pinjarra at approximately 4.30pm. 

Though numbers for the outing are limited, enquiries may be made to: Dawn on 0438 979 200 or led.zep@live.com.au    OR   Penny on 0407 422 771 or penny.mail@iinet.net.au


  • $20 per person to include transport and entry to the museum.        Cost of lunch is additional.


Copies of the Murray Districts Historical Society Calendar of Events for the remainder of 2019 are available at the Old Schoolmaster’s House and in the Pinjarrah Room, Edenvale Homestead.


In the meantime, look at our Website murrayhistory.org.au/home for more information.


You can also Like us on Facebook here


Do you have an interest in the history of Pinjarra and the Murray Districts?

We are always looking for more volunteers to assist with the opening hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm and with our various projects.


If you would like to become one of our volunteers, please advise

Jill on 0408 846 567 or by email alanjill37@hotmail.com


For information about the Murray Districts Historical Society, its membership and its activities, please visit us at Edenvale during opening hours or contact Dawn Hodgkinson, Secretary by email led.zep@live.com.au

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