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Bridgetown Historical Society

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.

This photograph was taken in October 1898. The official opening of the railway station had been booked for early October, but regrettably none of the dignitaries or parliamentarians from Perth could attend, so the official opening was postponed until 1st December 1898 to coincide with show day. This photograph is of the unofficial opening. The first train arrival into Bridgetown was in July 1898.

The Bridgetown Police Station Museum opening hours are currently from 10 AM to 1 PM on Saturday, and from 9 AM to 3 PM on Wednesday and Friday .

If you would like to view the museum outside these hours please ring BHS on

0487 592 704. Or the Community Resource Centre next door to the museum can arrange access during working hours.

The Gazetting of Bridgetown

Bridgetown was gazetted 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 in 2018.


Available in paperback for $35 or as an ebook. 


Paperback books can be purchased for $35 by emailing

(add $12.95 for postage within Australia).

The ebook is available for $9.99 from The Book Merchant 

Paperbacks are also available from the Visitors Centre Bridgetown,

Manjimup Newsagency, Busselton Visitors Centre, Nannup Visitors Centre

and the Royal Western Australian Historical Society in Nedlands


The Committee and members meet monthly.


All members are welcome to attend and participate in the committee meetings (though non-committee don't have voting rights). The meetings are a friendly get together.

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

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