If you are interested in the history of Boyup Brook then the Boyup Brook District Pioneers' Museum is a great place to visit. Gain a wealth of information and experience artefacts from the days of the early settlers in Boyup Brook.


Below are some very brief historical moments.

 

 

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The Boyup Brook District Pioneers’ Museum is located on the site of the old Masonic Lodge, Jayes Road, Boyup Brook. The museum’s displays reflect the spirit and ingenuity of the pioneers of the district, with simple and sympathetic interpretation.

 

Detailed information on the Museum

can be found here.

Opening hours (Allow at least one hour for tour):
           Wednesday 10am—3pm
             Thursday 10am—3pm
               Friday 10am—3pm
         or view on request by phoning:

            John Walsh 0439 651560

              Jan Corker 9765 3051

            Vicki Roberts 9732 2031
  Entrance Fees:
Child - $2.00 Adult - $5.00 Family - $10.00

 

 

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Gregory Tree

The first European explorer to come to the Boyup Brook area was a gentleman by the name of A.C. Gregory. Gregory had carved his initials and the year 1845 on a tree north-east of Boyup Brook.  It is believed that A.C. Gregory was one of the first European explorers to cross the Blackwood River.

 

Download Information on The Gregory Tree

Boyup Brook was originally inhabited by Aboriginal people of the Bibbulmun Tribe. The name derived from the Aboriginal word "Booyup" meaning "Place of Big Stones" or "Place of Big Smoke". The large stones are referring to the large Granite rocks surrounding the Upper Blackwood area and the Big Smoke refers to the smoke from the burning of Grasstrees once referred to as Blackboys.

 
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The area was first settled in 1854 by Commodore Scott,  who built his homestead 'Norlup' at Scotts Brook south of the town.  Commodore Scott was followed in 1861 by James George Lee Steere who settled near the Blackwood River. In 1871 William Forrest took up some land named Dwalganup. By the year of 1882 there were 19 families within the district

The township of Boyup Brook's first major building was the local school - opened on the 9th February 1900.
By 1909 a railway line from Donnybrook had reached the settlement, making Boyup Brook more accessible and recognised.
The early settlers made a living by kangaroo hunting and timber cutting
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In 1940 during the Second World War a flax mill was built in the town.
This was built to meet wartime demands for flax to send to Europe.
The flax mill was the last flax mill in Australia to close down in the 1960s.


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There were a number of mills operating in the district prior to the Second World War. There was a large number of timber mills within the Boyup Brook district (the last closing in 1982), Wilga, Chowerup and other outlying districts also had smaller mills.


Wilga timber Mill


A very famous building within the Boyup Brook townsite is the Agricultural Hall. This building was one of the first buildings within Boyup Brook and was used as an Agricultural Hall (town hall), an Infant Health Clinic and rest room, and was also used as a pre-school / playgroup building. The building was then turned into a Tourist Information Centre and still remains that today. After much renovation the building has retained its original look.

Agricultural Hall