Wyalkatchem C.B.H. Agricultural Museum

Wyalkatchem C.B.H. Agricultural Museum

Situated in the main street of Wyalkatchem, the main museum building is a 1936 Wheat Bin. Bulk handling of wheat originated in the Shire of Wyalkatchem and the wheat bin is the oldest in preservation and is a museum piece on its own. Most items have been restored and are still operational. Some interesting "as is" items are also on display. A second shed, partly built from materials recycled from a demolished Wheat bin holds a 40 restored tractor collection. The yard also has a variety of equipment. The domestic collection, "The School House Museum" is in the process of re-organisation and should be ready to view early 1999.

Address: 
Railway Terrace, Wyalkatchem, WA
Tel: 
0896381048
Hours: 
1 July-30 November Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon 10.00am-3.30pm. Other times by arrangement
Admission: 
Adults $3.00, Children $1.00
Facilities: 
Guide available at no extra charge, Tourist information service. Hot and cold drinks available.
Collection: 
A comprehensive collection of farming and associated equipment dating from 1900, used in the Western Australian Wheatbelt. Additional items of railway interest. With the exception of a few items all display items were used in Wyalkatchem and surrounding areas and were donated to the museum.
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Items

Wagon Railway

GS type wagon

GS type wagon
Creator:
Western Australian Government Railways (WAGR)
Description:
Four wheel, high sided open wagon, suitable for carting bulk grain.
Date:
1940s
Item Id Number:
g55028

This is the only remaining example of a G.S. class wagon. When built its design was technically innovative and was the forerunner of WAGR "modern" 4 wheel wagons of which many were built (classified by the National Trust 12/10/98)

Motor vehicle

Ferret Army Scout Car

Ferret Army Scout Car
Creator:
Rolls Royce
Description:
Mark 2 Ferret Scout Car withh 6 cylinder waterproof Rolls Royce Engine
Date:
1957
Item Id Number:
wm228

An armoured reconnaisance vehicle with Commander and Driver. Carried 30 Browning Machine Gun and gun Carbine star mk3 and 303 Machine Bren.

Materials Handling

Grain Elevator

Grain Elevator
Creator:
Cooperative Bulk Handling
Description:
Bucket type elevator for moving bulk grain from transport to storage and storage to transport (road or rail)
Date:
1940
Item Id Number:
wm132

These units were the heart of the bulk grain handling system introduced by CBH in Western Australia. Bulk grain handling was first introduced in the Wyalkatchem district. These elevators were easy to move by hand and worked quickly and efficiently. They were a land mark product improvement.

Tractor

Naughton Four Wheel Drive Tractor

Naughton Four Wheel Drive Tractor
Creator:
Joe Naughton, farmer Yorkrakine
Description:
Naughton Articulated 4wd Tractor.
Date:
1974
Item Id Number:
WM208

A "one off" tractor built in a farm workshop and used by the maker until 1990. Powered by a 190hp Leyland Diesel Engine. Engine using a Leyland 10 speed gear box driving through Clark.diffs. The rest built by Joe who is seen photographed in 1997.

Tractor

Waterloo Boy

Waterloo Boy
Creator:
Waterloo Gasoline Engine Co. Iowa
Description:
1920 Waterloo Boy Model 'N' Tractor.
Date:
Early 1920/21
Item Id Number:
wm196

Was used on a farm at Goomalling WA and donated to this museum by Mr A. Brookes of Goomalling. Restored by K. Jones and G. Begley. Australian used Waterloo Boys are ultra-rare.