The Kalamunda History Village is the largest folk museum in WA and is a must for any visitors to the Perth Hills.
In the new 1-minute video, we meet Pat who is not only one of the many volunteers who maintain and manage the village but was also a former pupil at the school there and head restorer of the vintage Kalamunda bus.
The video captures some of the fabulous history and stories that are an integral part of this unique attraction.
What can I see there?
On the site of the old Upper Darling Range Railway Station built in the 1890s, the village contains the original platform and locomotive and many of the original buildings from the time including:
The School House (1905 – 1970) where you can take your seat in the classroom and learn the old-fashioned way
Two Post Offices – where you can view historic produce and games
A settlers cottage from 1895 and a 1922 house in which you can go room-by-room and explore how people lived
Working sheds and blacksmiths demonstrating trades from the past
Transport shed where you can climb aboard a beautifully-restored old Kalamunda bus or original fire truck and see the different ways people used to travel in the early 20th century
There’s even an outside dunny complete with newspaper to read!
Captivating children’s imagination
Visitors and children of all ages will be captivated by the stories and the unique way in which they can immerse themselves in the past and be hands-on with all the exhibits and buildings.
One of the really special things about a visit to the history village is meeting some of the passionate volunteers, like Pat, who can share their stories and enthusiasm and pass on their knowledge to future generations.
When can I visit?
In addition to the popular schools program, there is a range of events during the school holidays and you can visit Weekdays from 10am to 3pm with the exception of Thursday 12pm to 3pm and Weekends 10am to 4pm. Tickets cost $7 for adults, $5 for concessions and $3 for children.
Visit the website to see a gallery of images and to plan your visit http://www.kalamundahistoricalsociety.com
For full details and to purchase your tickets head to the Perth Hills Visitor Centre, 50 Railway Road in Kalamunda or call them on 08 9257 9998 for any help and assistance with your visit to the Perth Hills.