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 the end of October, but regrettably none of the dignitaries from Perth could attend, so the official opening was postponed until 1st December 1898. This photograph is of the unofficial opening.

The railway actually ran trains from Donnybrook to Bridgetown from July 1898!

The Bridgetown Police Station Museum opening hours are from 10 AM to 2 PM every Saturday, and Wednesday and Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM.

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

The ebook is available for $9.99 from The Book Merchant 

Paperbacks are also available from the Bridgetown Visitor Centre Bridgetown,

The Rabbit Hole in 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 (you won't have voting rights). The meetings are a friendly get together, with occasional guest speakers.

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