June 2020





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




We regret the Schoolmaster’s House will not be open to the public until further notice.  Please note that enquiries about local history will still be answered by our members.  (see contacts below)


Do You Know That?

As we continue our discovery of Pinjarra’s heritage buildings:


On the 2nd December, 1903, the Bunbury Herald reported:

On Saturday last, 28th inst., the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of their new hall was performed by the Freemasons in Pinjarra.  The stone was laid by Bro. the Hon. E McLarty, MLC. The new Masonic Hall is 48ft in length by 33 ft. wide, will have a handsome appearance and will cost when completed, without furniture, over £600, including £60 for purchase of the site on which the hall stands.


A group of Pinjarra men lead by John Pollard McLarty, John McNab, Alfred Thomas and William Warwick, purchased the land from the Church of England in 1903 for £55 for the new Pinjarra lodge – later known as Murray Lodge 69.


The Pinjarra Freemasons used this grand old building for nearly 100 years.


The Masonic Hall, situated on the south side of Pinjarra Road near the traffic lights, was purchased in 2009 and has been beautifully restored by its new owner.


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.


For more photos and stories of the rich history of the Murray,  look at our Website murrayhistory.org.au/home for more information.


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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