Dunkeld & District Historical Museum

Occupations and Industry

Topics of interest at the Museum
  • Beekeepers - Apiarists
  • Bullock Teams
  • Carriers
  • Dunkeld Fellmongery
  • Police
  • Shearing Industry
  • Timbermen & Timbermills

Commercial and civic Dunkeld

From farm tools to working wool presses, baker's ovens and carriages, Dunkeld was a hive of industriousness and commercial endeavours.

Sgt George McKenzie in full mounted police uniform c1940. Dunkeld was the last station in Victoria to use horses.

Clubs and community groups

Country Women's Association

Social and community Dunkeld

Dunkeld has an active community spirit that spans many clubs and groups dedicated to all manner of activities.

Many of these groups are multi-generational and consequently have thrived through the decades.

Topics of interest at the Museum
  • Churches
  • Cricket
  • CWA
  • Fire Brigade Memories
  • Lions Club
  • Masonic Lodges
  • Red Cross
  • Scouts, Guides & Brownies
  • Wool Advancement Group

Wool Advancement Group 

Masonic Lodge memorabilia

Activities and events

Topics of interest at the Museum
  • Bushfires & other fires
  • Football
  • Needlecraft
  • Poetry
  • Rabbits
  • Shooting
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dunkeld Poetry

A lot happens in Dunkeld!

We have various records that document the activities and events that have taken place in the Dunkeld district over the years.

Bush fires in Dunkeld

Dunkeld Cricket Club Premiers 1966/67

Artifacts and memorabilia

What's on display?

As well as our permanently displayed items, the Museum also rotates items of interest from time to time.

Generally the items have been sourced from the district and represent some of Dunkeld's earliest history.

With careful preservation our artifacts, antiques and memorabilia are sure to strike a chord with our visitors, no matter what age.


Fashions from bustle dresses onwards

Topics of interest at the Museum
  • Aboriginal Items
  • Bedpots
  • Bottles
  • Butter Churn
  • Butter Moulds
  • Clocks
  • Cream Separator
  • Demijohns
  • Dockets
  • Dolls
  • Fashions - from the Bustle dress onwards
  • Food Coolers
  • Food Slicers
  • Fowlers Preserving Equipment
  • Gas Mask
  • Hand Mixers
  • Homeware (examples on display)
  • Irons
  • Kitchen Wares
  • Lanterns
  • Mangle
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Postcards
  • Scrubbing Boards
  • Stoves
  • Telephones
  • Telescope
  • Tools of Trade 1880-1980
  • Vehicles
  • War Memorabilia
  • Wash Trough
  • Washing Machine

Military and Conflicts

Topics of interest at the Museum
  • Boer War
  • World War 1
  • World War 2
  • Mount Sturgeon Soldier Settlement
  • Service Records
  • War Diaries and Letters
  • Service Uniforms and Regalia
  • Photo collection
  • WW1 Silk Cards
  • Napier Waller Memoribila
  • Local Honour Rolls and Memorials
  • Trench Art Items of Interest
  • Cooking Utensils
  • War Books
  • Australian Light Horse
  • Comforts Fund
  • Red Cross
  • VDF (Old and the Bold)

Adolphus Gordon - Boer War

Margaret Joy King

Mereweather men

Records and ledgers

Karabeal School with teacher Margaret Walter c1947

Shire rate books

Topics of interest at the Museum
  • Business Ledgers
  • Inquests
  • Karabeal School Records
  • Minute Books
  • Mount Rouse Shire
  • Mt Rouse Rates Books
  • Newsletters
  • Parish Maps - Local
  • Poundkeeper Book 1958-1988
  • Properties
  • School Rolls & Registers
  • Shire of Dundas Rates Books
  • Templeton Day Book
  • Wills and Jail Records

Old business ledger

Explorers and trailblazers

A depiction of Major Thomas Mitchell

The Dunkeld connections

Many famous travelers and explorers have spent time in Dunkeld. Even when just passing through, they were all struck by the beauty of the Grampians and the thriving community that formed at the base of Mt Abrupt.

Topics of interest at the Museum
  • Bushrangers
  • Mafeking Goldfields
  • Major Mitchell
  • Major Thomas Mitchell discovery trail
  • Mitchell's Stump
  • Moora Moora & Tucker Settlement (lost in the woods)

Frederick Germaine, bushranger's son

Gold puddling at Mafeking

Walter Funk served the Karabeal mail run for 10 years

People and places

Looker family outside the Royal Mail Hotel post-WW1

Topics of interest at the Museum
  • Businesses
  • Dunkeld Bakery
  • Dunkeld Fellmongery
  • Dunkeld Infant Welfare Centre
  • Dunkeld Memorial Park
  • Dunkeld Pre School
  • Dunkeld Scotland Memorabilia
  • Farming and Woolgrowing
  • Henham - The Town that never was (at Mirranatwa)
  • Hotels
  • Railways
  • The Victoria Valley Station Run

Parish maps

Dunkeld Bakery c1932