The Gwalia Historical Museum is located in the old mine offices of the original Sons of Gwalia Gold Mine. It is well worth a visit before wandering through the deserted homes in the ghost town of Gwalia. The town has been well preserved and offers an eerie insight into the lives of the former mining community’s residents.
The museum features displays covering the cultural heritage of the Aborigines, Afghans, Italians, Yugoslavians and other cultures who resided in the area. You can see one of the original electric trams which operated between the towns of Leonora and Gwalia up until 1908, as well as a fully restored 1935 mail truck. Numerous carts and transportation items are also on display, including Australia’s largest 1,000 horsepower steam winding engine.
The site also includes the restored ‘Hoover House’ bed and breakfast. It is the original mine managers residence, one of which was Herbert Hoover himself. Relax with a glass of wine at the end of the day as the sun sets on Mt Leonora, take breakfast on the wide verandas or lawns, sit and take in the scenery, or watch the wedge tailed eagles that often hover over the open-cut pit.
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