Western Australia Regional Areas
Greenough (historic settlement), near Geraldton
Located 380 kilometres north of Perth, the Greenough Flats form the
flood plain at the mouth of the Greenough River. During the 1860's Greenough became a thriving agricultural area
with Central Greenough at the hub. The decline of the area led to the population dropping dramatically in the first
half of the 20th century.
Visiting this large site gives an understanding of the history of the period and the
reasons for its decline.
Built in 1857, by Alfred and Ellen Bussell, Ellensbrook was home to
their family of 12 children. The buildings use local materials and are examples of pioneering building techniques.
Initially the tiny dwelling was of simple construction but with more prosperity more rooms were added. The site is
strongly associated with Aboriginal sites and legends and links historical, social and spiritual heritage
The Goldfields Water Supply Scheme was an engineering marvel in the
early 20th Century. The scheme depended for its success on 8 pump stations at intervals along the railway route
from Mundaring Weir to Kalgoorlie. This heritage ‘place’ is therefore a ribbon 560km long and about 20 metres wide,
with pumping stations, their associated buildings and related infrastructure along its length. The Golden Pipeline
Heritage Trail follows the pipeline and has interpretation all along the route. Explore the Golden Pipeline as you
journey to Kalgoorlie.
Old Farm, Strawberry Hill, Albany
original farm was built in 1830 and was the site of the first farm in
Western Australia under constant cultivation. In 1835 Captain Sir Richard Spencer, the first Government Resident in
Albany, his wife and nine children arrived at the settlement and took possession of Government Farm as it was then
known. The Bird family purchased the property in 1889 and changed the name to 'The Old Farm'. This place, with many
of its original artefacts, was the first historic property in WA to be restored and opened to the public by the
Australian Curriculum: History programs for years 2, 4 and 5 are available to download.
Wonnerup is set in farmlands close to a tuart forest near the Vasse
Estuary wetlands. The original house was built by the Layman family in 1838. A second home was built in 1859 and in
1874 the one teacher school was opened. All buildings are open to the public.
A collaborative program with Department of Environment and
Conservation engages students with the history and cultural heritage of the area and the biodiversity of the tuart
York was the first inland town established in Western Australia. The
Old Gaol and Courthouse complex features historic colonial buildings which date from 1852. The buildings, erected
gradually over many years, include two law courts, prison cells and a troopers' cottage.
Schools visiting York Courthouse are encouraged to download
resources available on this website for links to the Arts.
Burrup Peninsula, Pilbara
The Burrup Peninsula near Karratha in the north west of Western
Australia, is too far for most schools to visit. The National Trust's online courses about the region meet the
standards of the Australian Curriculum:
History and WA
The Ancient World: Investigating the Ancient
Past is a in depth study for year 7 students that uses the Burrup
Peninsula as an Inquiry. The course explores how we know about the ancient past and what legacies are left of
The Burrup and Beyond: 40 000 years of Local
History is a Unit 1A/2A
WA Curriculum Council Modern History course for year 11
students. It explores the conflict between the heritage values and ancient history (the rock art/ petroglyphs)
of the place and the sustainablity of the changing landscape.