Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre will be packed full of family history fun on Saturday, May 27 as the Bunbury Family History Expo returns for a second year.
Bigger and better than ever, this free community event offers the chance to discover local organisations including the Bunbury Historical Society, Streets of Bunbury project, Dardanup Heritage Collective, Bunbury Cemetery Board, Ron Maidment Archives and many more.
The day will include a program of children’s activities, demonstrations, readings from the South West Historical Writers Group and other special guest speakers, all with the theme of ’Women in Family History’.
This is your chance to connect with an extensive range of local history and research groups from the Greater Bunbury region, meet with other like-minded family historians, and learn how to discover and share your family story.
Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre Team Leader Jenny Scott said shewas excited to build on the success of the inaugural Bunbury Family History Expo held last year.
“It is such a fantastic day that allows people new to local history to connect with those more experienced researchers and historic societies,” she said.
“It’s a joy to help people discover their family history and provide an opportunity to share our local stories.”
Owned and operated by the City of Bunbury, the Museum opened in November 2016 with a mission to inspire, educate and entertain the community and visitors about the history and cultural heritage of the Bunbury region.
Housed in the State heritage listed 1886 Bunbury Boys School, the restored state-of-the-art exhibition space tells Bunbury’s unique stories, from the oldest continuous living culture of the Wardandi Noongar Aboriginal Australians to the shipwrecks and struggles of early migrants, convicts and wartime stories, daily life and local industry.
Its own collection items are regularly showcased in the Museum’s exhibition spaces, accompanied by other objects generously loaned by major cultural partners including the Western Australian Museum and the Bunbury Historical Society.
The Museum also showcases temporary touring and curated exhibitions. One such project is the independent curatorial project It Woke the Town Up, currently on display until May 25 as part of the 2023 Bunbury Biennale. Exploring media and ephemera linked to the 1976 bombing of the woodchip terminal in Bunbury, It Woke the Town Up combines new research, ephemera, media, and imagery to present an interdisciplinary exploration of this pivotal historic event.
The museum is located at 1 Arthur Street, Bunbury, and is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm and closed on public holidays. Entry is always free.