Bridgetown Historical Society

The Bridgetown Historical Society Inc., affiliated with the Royal Western Australian Historical Society, is the custodian of historical artefacts, photos and ephemera relating to earlier Bridgetown society.
The Society also is responsible for the Bridgetown Police Station 1880 Museum, located at 148 Hampton Street.
Events & Announcements


Bridgetown was gazetted 150 years ago in June, 1868. Its history is rich and varied, with residents coming from every walk of life throughout those years.

To celebrate the sesquicentenary of gazettal, Bridgetown Historical Society undertook an oral history project to demonstrate how a community was formed, what sustained it and how it grew into the vibrant town we now live in.


Forty-three residents, both past and present, were interviewed and their stories, along with stories... taken in the 1930s, 1970s and 1980s, have been woven into the chronicle of this town, showing that communities will survive if they care for each other, volunteer gladly and grasp opportunities when they appear.


It is a tribute to the early settlers who were not put off by adversity, and the past and present Bridgetonians who chose to live here and make Bridgetown their home.


The book, A Mere Country Village, was published on 28 November 2018.

Available in softcover for $35 (263 pages) or as an eBook for $9.99


Books can be purchased by emailing us your details and remitting the required

funds to:

Bridgetown Historical Society
BSB: 066504
Acct: 10041715

Please add your name as reference

If paying by cheque, please make payable to Bridgetown Historical Society

and send to PO Box 1017, Bridgetown, Western Australia 6255


If you require single copies posted please add $12. For two copies add $14.


For more than two copies or for delivery outside Australia please email for the postage cost.

Copies are also available from the Bridgetown Visitor Centre Bridgetown and Manjimup newsagency.

eBook available from BookMerchant: 

If you are interested in the history of Bridgetown

get your copy of: A Mere Country Village 

Highly commended for the Williams/Lee Steere Publications Prize

for 2019 by the 

Royal Western Australian Historical Society

"Mary Elgar, A Mere Country Village – an excellent account of the history of Bridgetown enlivened by oral histories"


The Committee and members meet on the first Tuesday of every month except January, starting at 6:00 pm. The committee meets at 6:00 pm, followed by members at 7:00 pm. All members are welcome to attend and participate in the committee meetings (you won't have voting rights). The meetings are a friendly get together, with occasional guest speakers and everybody brings a plate for supper around our big table.

Meetings are held in the BHS office, Old Yornup School House, 5 Civic Lane, Bridgetown (behind the Police Station Museum).


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