Thanks for sharing in our part of North Australian and Kimberley History and joining KHS on behalf of, past, present and future people of the East Kimberley Region, to show the Local, State and National Significance of the Histories of ; Tropical Agriculture on the Ord River ; Kununurra ; the Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA) ; Kimberley history in general ; and related Northern Territory history (with Kununurra's close proximity to the WA/NT border and the East Kimberley's ties to the history of the NT).
Latest KHS News - To read about the KHS Open Days during the 2013 Ord Valley Muster visit the Kununurra Museum Events Page
to see what's happening. There is also some information there about the "Graves in the Long Grass" tour during the muster.
A new book by Darrell Lewis.
Could the famous lost explorer have made it to the Kimberley? Read more about a new book launch on Thursday May 16th at the National Museum of Australia from the KHS News page.
Thanks to Museums Australia (the peak body for Museums in Australia), the KHS President was successful in applying for a bursary, to help cover costs associated with travel between May 15th and 23rd, to attend the Museums Australia Conference in Canberra, which has a great range of topics relevant to a regional museum (See full conference program from KHS News).
Carlton Reach Pump Engine Donated to KHS
The Department of Agriculture and Food WA - Frank Wise Institute (of Tropical Agriculture - formerly Kimberley Research Station - KRS), have donated the original Carlton Reach Pump Engine, a 36HP "Petters Atomic Diesel Engine," to the Kununurra Historical Society. KHS member volunteers hope to install the engine by the Kununurra Museum entrance gate. Read more in KHS News - Carlton Reach Petters Engine Donated to Kununurra Museum and on the Carlton Reach Pump Engine page.
On March 17th 2013 - Saint Patrick's Day, to comemmorate the day
50 years ago that the Royal Tour landed at Kununurra, KHS held an Open Day (10am to 4pm), but if you didn't join us at the Museum, you can still be a part of it. The Kununurra Museum has now made accessible to all!, three 8mm films, shot by three photographers (Henskens, O'Brien and Revell), edited into a Digital Video (in 2
parts) as our first YouTube videos, to the NEW Kununurra Museum YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/KununurraMuseum
Hoping you enjoy this visit to the gateway for the Kununurra Museum's online presence. If you are in the East Kimberley visit the KHS Archive, Gallery, Library, Museum & Research facilities in Coolibah Drive - Contact KHS or Join KHS Now!. Please remember we are a completely volunteer run community museum and at times may not be open for advertised hours, however we are flexible in that we can be contacted to open outside advertised hours.
- It is easy to navigate the site using the Short Contents (Links on this Page :), and the Heading links to get there fast! eg. click the "Did You Know..." title link below.
A countdown to this 50th anniversary has been added to the sidebar on the right. Some new images of a control tower, which was erected for the 1963 Royal Tour, then dismantled. It was made of scaffolding, but no doubt equipped with the latest technology available in 1963. These photographs and others in the collections also show two RAAF fire tenders, which were reputed to have been flown to Kununurra on RAAF transport aircraft, then flown away. The newly made accessible images of the control tower were from a 2007 accession to the archive, being part of a collection sent by the Civil Aviation Historical Society (WA). Other images from this collection will also be placed online.
It would be great to see if there are any photographs of the Royal Yacht, Brittania, alongside the Broome 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. [This did happen on the eve of and just in time for that anniversary]
View an embedded SlideShow of still images from the KHS Flickr site 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),
Do you know who opened the Ord River Diversion Dam at "the most exciting place in Australia"? In 2013 it will be 50 years since July 20th 1963, when the official opening of Stage I of the Ord River Irrigation Project, by then Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies. On that day, Menzies described Kununurra and the Ord as "the most exciting place in Australia". Photographs of the opening ceremony event and tours Menzies made of the Pilot Farm and a cotton harvesting demonstration can be seen in the slideshow. A countdown to this 50th anniversary has been added to the sidebar on the right,
View an embedded SlideShow of photographs of the July 20th 1963 Diversion Dam opening, from various KHS archive collections,
here while on this page.
[Use the right hand cornered gadget to go full
screen.- and view "Information" (once in full screen mode) for documentation on the photographs. Use the the right hand cornered gadget to go out of full
OR View the Ord River Diversion Dam Official Opening photographic "Set" on Flickr. (Link goes to the set on Flickr in a new tab)
- It is easy to navigate the site using the Short Contents (Links on this Page :), and the Heading links to get there fast! eg. click the "Welcome..." title link above.
Latest Info at KHS News
- Short Contents - (This Page :)
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Thanks to a grant from the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley and other donors see over 2500 photographs that have been digitised and documented by dedicated KHS volunteers.
Read more about KHS on Flickr (here on this site : ) for an overview of the best ways to view the archive images on the Flickr site.
OR View KHS Collections
(As Embedded Slideshows)
Latest Images uploaded to Flickr
(These go to "Sets" on Flickr : )
For more information before you go to a flickr link view some tips here about KHS on Flickr (Here on this site)
KHS PhotoStream - http://www.flickr.com/photos/khs-museum/ (on Flickr)
KHS would like to share some of the great new images that people have been sharing with KHS to make this ACCESSIBLE to You! You too can share your images in two of the new Public Group Photo Pools that KHS has started on Flickr.
"Have You Lived in Kununurra?"
Have You Lived in the Kimberley?
Have You Ever Lived in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia? In towns like Broome, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Wyndham or Kununurra, any of the many Aboriginal communities, or on pastoral stations, mines or resorts and other islands or places?
Then you have an experience that is impossible to fully describe!
People have already submitted some great images to both of these Group Photographic Pools - Click the link (below) or the Boab to get there!
KHS Google Profile has links to other profiles - eg Facebook, Flickr, Web, Pages and Sites we have contributed to, etc.
You will "Find us on Facebook" from here (KHS Google Profile)... http://profiles.google.com/KununurraHistoricalSociety/
View the "KHS Flickr Profile for more detail on our digitisation program and the KHS Flickr site in general. OR for some tips about now best to view in the many and varied ways available, see KHS on Flickr (here on this site).
Hope you enjoy these KHS experiments in "Accessibility" to KHS archival material.
From the Goverment Gazette February 10th 1961
February 10th 1961 - Township of Kununurra
Town of Kununurra Declaration February 10th 1961
This image has been published with the permission of the State of Western Australia, with great thanks from KHS to the Treasurer; Attorney General the Hon Christian Porter MLA.
[Also see below for an extract from the Government Gazette]
Department of Lands and Surveys –
Files – General, ‘Kununurra. Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley.’
211, cons. 4489, SROWA)
This image was provided to KHS by the State Records Office of Western Australia, www.sro.wa.gov.au
KHS Archive No. KHS-2011-13-WA-SRO-Collection-WA-SRO-cons4489_1959_2811_2
Kununurra Townsite Proclamation [Signed by Minister for Lands Stewart Bovelle]
Don't forget to ADD the KHS Website http://www.kununurra.org.au/ to your "Favourites" (Right Click - "Bookmark") and keep coming back as new images are uploaded over coming months.
The "CountDowns" that are in the side bar are all related to either current events for KHS or any Historic Events, to keep the Kimberley History Community informed of approaching anniversaries. If you know of a date for ANY Kimberley history event you can submit that for inclusion. - Contact KHS.
- "Significance refers to the value and meanings that items and collections have for people and communities. Significance helps unlock the potential of collections, creating opportunities for communities to access and enjoy collections, and to understand the history, cultures and environments of Australia". From Significance 2.0 a guide to assessing the significance of collections, by Roslyn Russell and Kylie Winkworth for the Collections Council of Australia Ltd. (Now axed - This may still be available online as a PDF - Search title).
Archive, Library, Museum & Research
Kimberley History Site. Please come back again!
Themed Sets and Archive Collections
Various themes in photographic collections from the Kununurra Historical Society Digital Archive