October 2017

Murray Districts Historical Society received the 2017 Award of Merit at the recent Annual Conference of Affiliated Historical Societies of the Royal WA Historical Society.  


Brenda and Mervyn Beacham represented Murray Districts at the Conference and were delighted to receive the award on the Society's behalf. .....



by Brenda Beacham 


The Society once again has had an eventful year, increasing in strength and commitment.


The photographic exhibitions continue with the latest being “Origin and Evolution of the Heritage buildings of Pinjarra. 


We continue with our programme of speakers with John Jackson giving us a heartfelt presentation of the Yarloop fire. The boat trip to the Murray River Delta Islands was very informative. The numbers were limited to the size of the boat needed to visit the islands. 


The Society members were well represented at the Royal WA Historical Society Conference which was held at Armadale. The End of year event was once again held at Blythewood. This event affords the opportunity to catch up with those who are interested in the local history. The weather was kind to us as well. In February Ross Walmsley hosted members to a tour of his private museum. This was greatly appreciated and he is to be congratulated on an excellent collection. 


The Schoolmaster’s House was open to the Public during the Pinjarra Festival and a continuous flow of visitors were welcomed. 


Recently members enjoyed a visit to the Armadale Museum. Ideas and projects can be born from these visits. Also visited in Armadale the historic church that was completely reconstructed and the school house that was moved from another location. The largest brick building to be relocated in the southern hemisphere. This brings to mind the need for restoration of the Anglican Church in Pinjarra. 


As always the volunteers of the society are greatly appreciated. The volunteers in the local studies area continue to build and maintain the collection. It is an excellent resource for those who wish to research local history.  The photograph displays take many hours of volunteer’s time to search for the correct photograph and make sure the correct information is presented. The MDHS website is up and running. The members who volunteer to be on the roster for when the Schoolmaster’s is open, a big thank you. 


The supper you enjoy at the General meeting and the AGM is all donated by committee members and former committee members. 


Suggested Diary Notes -

for All interested persons and All Members


NOVEMBER – 2017 General Meeting

Wednesday 1 November 2017 - 7pm to 9 pm @ Murray Library


Guest Speaker Mr Aiden Kelly will speak on the  
“Life and Death of James Henry Shaw”.   Mr Shaw was murdered in North Yunderup in 1908. 


Photos on right from TROVE the digitized newspapers from the Australian National Library



DECEMBER – 3pm Friday, 8th December 2017

Christmas "Garden Party” Celebration @ Old Blythewood, Pinjarra

Yes, it is time to plan ahead for the Murray Districts Historical Society “Christmas Function” to be held @ Old Blythewood, Pinjarra under the shade of the beautiful Jacaranda trees.




Come along and see for yourself! 

Origin and Evolution of Heritage Buildings of Pinjarra.

A new photographic display at the Old Schoolmaster’s House. 


Visit us and enjoy the history of Pinjarra through stories, photos and the evolution of its many historic buildings.  We look forward to seeing you there.


Now available for public viewing at the Murray Districts Historical Society. Located at the Old Schoolmaster's House Edenvale Precinct Pinjarra. Opening hours from 11am to 3pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.


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 Penny Hoffman, Secretary on 0407 422 771 or by email penny.mail@iinet.net.au

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