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The global Western Australian state museum organisation is the 'Western Australian Museum'. It maintains buildings in Perth, notably the new (2020) building in Northbridge, and elsewhere, and two in Fremantle, the 'Shipwrecks Museum' in the 1850s Commissariat, and the 'WA Maritime Museum' in a relatively new (2002) structure on the western extremity of the southern wharf of Fremantle Harbour, Victoria Quay.

The most important building complex of the 'WA Museum' is in Kew Road Welshpool. It is where all of the eight millions items are stored that are not on show at the time.

There was a 'Fremantle Museum' in the Fremantle Arts Centre (the former Asylum), but it was closed when the Maritime Museum opened on the South Wharf. There was also a 'Prison Museum' in one of the buildings on The Terrace at Fremantle Prison. Most of the items in both are now probably in Welshpool.

(Apparently the first museum in Western Australia was in Fremantle, but I have yet to find out where and when. Anyone?)

Western Australian Museum - Shipwreck Galleries

This is in the 1853 Commissariat building, itself an important historic building.

Western Australian Maritime Museum

This is a 2002 building on the westernmost end of Victoria Quay, the southern wharf of Fremantle Harbour.

Army Museum of Western Australia, Artillery Barracks, Burt St, under Cantonment Hill

I'm assuming this was where was the original cantonment was.

Fremantle Arts Centre

This building used to house the 'Maritime Museum' before it moved to its two new homes. The 'Fremantle Museum' was also here.

Prison Museum

This was in one of the houses on The Terrace.

Azelia Ley Museum

A house in Manning Park, Spearwood, showing period furniture.

Museum of Moving Objects (MOMO)

Mobile museum based at Holmes Place, Hilton.

Millers Bakehouse Museum

59 Elvira Street Palmyra. "Millers Bakehouse in Palmyra is a small pocket park, suitable for small gatherings, family reunions and children’s birthday parties."

References and Links

Crawford, Ian, Anne Delroy & Lynne Stevenson 1992, A History of the Commissariat, Fremantle 1851-1991, WA Museum.

Ewers, John K. 1971, The Western Gateway: A History of Fremantle, Fremantle City Council, with UWAP, rev. ed. [1st ed. 1948].

Hitchcock, JK 1929, The History of Fremantle, The Front Gate of Australia 1829-1929, Fremantle City Council.

Hutchison, David, 2006, 'Walk 1: Victoria Quay', Fremantle Walks.

Notes about the concept of the Maritime Museum in Fremantle, the newsletter of the Fremantle Society: July 1995August 19982000 Special.

Website of the WA Museum.

Garry Gillard | New: 12 May, 2015 | Now: 26 July, 2023