Welcome to the Kununurra Archive and Museum Events Page
In July 2013 it will be 50 Years since the official opening of Ord Stage I by Sir Robert Menzies. Stay tuned (re-visit this page :-) to find out more about events being planned for later in the year.
The Kununurra Museum will have two weekend open day during the Ord Valley Muster – The Museum will be open on both Saturdays (18th & 25th May) for a book fair/open day from 10am to 4pm. The Museum has various books for sale new and used, including, A Wild History - Life and Death on the Victoria River Frontier, as well as his new book, Where is Dr. Leichhardt? – The greatest mystery in Australian History, will be available to view and will be for sale at the second open day (25th May). You can read more about these books from the KHS News page.
contact us. A countdown to this 50th anniversary has been added to the sidebar on the right.
It would be great to see if there are any photographs of the Royal Yacht, Brittania, alongside the Wyndham jetty, or any others you may have of the Royal Tour to the Kimberley in 1963. Please contact us if you do and tell us your story on this or any other Kimberley history.
To commemorate this 50th anniversary of the 1963 Royal Tour, other collection images not yet online, will be uploaded and made accessible to all. KHS is also hoping to have ready, some 8mm film footage of the Royal Tour, available as our first YouTube video, before March 17th 2013.
View an embedded SlideShow of the Royal Tour in Kununurra, from various KHS archive collections, here while on this page, use the right hand cornered gadget to go full screen.
OR View the Royal Tour 1963 photographic "Set" on Flickr, (Link goes to the set on Flickr in a new tab),
Spring into history and get reading from one of a selection of great new titles:
The Story of El Questro by Meg Hornabrook
A Wild History - Life and Death on the Victoria River Frontier by Darrell Lewis
All proceeds go back into your local Museum
Come & check us out! - GRAB A BARGAIN!
Some discounted items - Big selection of second hand books & magazines - Souvenir treasures
8am to 11am
S a t u r d a y & S u n d a y - 1st & 2nd S e p t e m b e r 2012
Spring BOOK FAIR
Where? At the Kununurra Museum - 72 Coolibah Drive, Kununurra
For a Map and contact details - Contact KHS
This Friday 27th July 2012 - 4 pm at the Kununurra Museum - 72 Coolibah Dve, Kununurra. (For a map see our contact page) - Come & meet the author over a cup of tea. All welcome
KHS Museum on the opening night of the Ord Valley Muster in 2011
Museum has three Open Nights planned
for May and June
2012. An Open Day/ and Evening starting on Friday,18th May as this is
International Museum Day, as well as two open nights on the
consecutive Friday Evenings that follow, during the 2012 Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster, on Friday May 25
and Friday June 1.
Come along to the Kununurra Museum from 10am during the day or in the evening to 9 pm on the Open Night dates (May 18, 25 & June 1).
Contents (on this page)
As 2012 is the Australian “Year of the Farmer” the Kununurra Museum, is focusing this year on “Farmers on the Ord,” being a museum for the tropical agricultural, pastoral and social histories of the Ord River Irrigation Area, and the East Kimberley Region, as well as being a “Museum in a Changing World,” which presents New challenges, and New inspirations.
Read more about the Australian “Year
of the Farmer” from http://www.yearofthefarmer.com.au/
Or View their interesting video (embedded here). This may not look too "interesting" from first appearances, however KHS recommends all visitors to press the play gadget > now!
Contents (Information on this page) - Open Nights 2012
International Museum Day - May 18 2012 - Museums in a Changing World. New challenges, New inspirations
2012 Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster - Wirraway - Challenge - March 20 2012
The suggested theme is Museums in a Changing World. New challenges, New inspirations. Today, the world is changing faster than ever. New technology delivers new ideas, gigabytes of information, news of an increasingly unstable climate, all shared by social media. Modern museums must compete for an audible voice against the furious pace of this background.
During International Museum Day on Friday May 18th 2012 the Kununurra Museum will be open from 10am and then for an Open Night, with "Farmers on the Ord" displays at the museum and utilising new technologies online, to share and show the significance
of tropical agriculture on the Ord River.
There are displays at the museum about the Carlton Reach Experimental Farm (1941), the later established joint CSIRO / WA Dept of Agriculture facility, the Kimberley Research Station (1946), and the Ord River Pilot Farm (1961), which was operational by the end of 1960, three years before the completion of the Ord River Diversion Dam, and was started as a means of testing the commercial viability of the Ord River Irrigation Area. The Ord River Pilot Farm, was started by an Act of the WA Parliament, called the Northern Developments Act.
Also see an article online about the first pump engine used by Kim Durack in 1941 from...
Digital slideshows will be running on large screens at the museum or view over 2000 images available online, which have been made accessible to all, in documenting the significance of this National Development project for tropical agriculture, and helping to interpret life in the Kimberley, through the regions own, ever expanding archive, only possible through hard working volunteers and with thanks to all who have contributed archival material.
Friday May 25th 2012 the Kununurra Museum will host an Open Night and will be open from 10am until 9.00 pm, on the opening day for the 2012 Ord Valley Muster.
Friday June 1st 2012 (Day before Muster close) will be the second Open Day/Night event for the 2012 Ord Valley Muster.
Both of the Ord Valley Muster events will follow in the themes of "The Farming Factor" - “Farmers on the Ord.” The Kununurra Museum, is focusing in 2012 on the Australian, “Year of the Farmer,” being a museum for the tropical agricultural, pastoral and social histories of Kununurra, the Ord River Irrigation Area, and the East Kimberley Region, as well as being a “Museum in a Changing World,” which presents New challenges, and New inspirations. See KHS Open Nights 2012 (Above).
Contents (on this page)
Lew laughed heartily and said he had thought about this in past days, but was happy to receive my reminder phone call.
The day before he had driven from his son's home at Charter's Towers back to his home at Taylor's Beach in Queensland, to beat flood waters that he knew were heading that way, succeeding in reaching his home, before floods did cut the roads. Lew is doing well for a ninety year old on a drive like that and still mows his own lawn. I have been receiving a yearly "Christmas Card Phonecall," as Lew calls them since we got Lew to Kununurra for the display opening in 2005. - KHS
Look for more on this in coming News, when there will be more information about this placed online in the form of a virtual museum display, to celebrate this anniversary.