Machinery Preservation Club Of W.A. (Inc)

Things to do While in WA


134 kms. North of Perth on the Great Northern Highway.

New Norcia is a special place. It gently surprises and delights. It has a core integrity of monastic purpose, wrapped in layers of apparent contradictions that beg to be quietly explored. Most importantly, its community of monks continues to balance their personal spiritual search with a desire to share the history and natural gifts of their home with all who seek a respite from the world. -For further information see

The Ruston Hornsby is Size 10HRE (E for electric hence to a heavy flywheel as it was connected to a generator to supply 440 volt power to the service station) Engine No 433326 Bore 13.5 inches 75HP RPM250 It is the largest of that type before they went into multiple cylinders. The engine, manufactured circa late 1940's 1950's was installed second hand around 1958 by the Shell Oil Company to power the roadhouse and hotel de-commissioned in 1972 when the WASEC grid came through.

Your Day at New Norcia.

Here are a few suggestions to help you best experience New Norcia in a day:

The monks of New Norcia continue a 1500 year old tradition of sharing their home with guests. They are self-sufficient and receive no regular funding. All income from your day at New Norcia is gratefully received and is used by the monks in the operation and preservation of their home - Australia's only monastic town.
There's more than just a day to New Norcia! If you would like to spend a few days there, there are several options for accommodation at New Norcia or camping.


The following list of Museums and Private collections may be of some benefit to those of you driving across from the east; or spending some time exploring our vast state, which will make your trip to Western Australia a memorable one. Please ensure that your make a phone call before turning up to avoid disappointment and perhaps a long drive. Many small museums find it difficult finding staff to man their museums and are only open for limited hours or by appointment, and the same applies to private collections.

Be sure to ask what else there is to see when paying a visit; some of the locals may have some well kept secrets. Craft shops are also a great way to keep the Ladies on side, and try to look happy when they keep you waiting.

The Golden Pipeline - This runs from Mundaring near Perth to Kalgoorlie with many places of interest along the way.

Check out the National Trust Website for other places of interest.

  • Machinery Preservation Club of W.A. Midland Railway Workshops,
    Block 3, Centennial Avenue, Midland.
    A visit can be arranged by speaking to an MPC. See Contacts list.

  • Wellstead Museum, Bremer Bay 08 9837 4182
  • Wagin Historical Village, Wagin 08 9861 1811
  • Whale World. Albany, 08 9844 8021
  • Dardanup Heritage Park, Dardanup 08 9792 7205
  • Tractor Museum of WA, Whiteman Park, Perth. 08 9209 3480
    Whiteman Park also has a Motor Museum, a Tram and Rail Museum and a Bus Museum.
  • Corrigin Pioneer Museum, Corrigin. 08 9063 2066
  • Cunderin Municipal Museum, Cunderdin. 08 9635 1291
    Next door is the Goldfields Water Supply Control Centre.
  • Nungarin Heritage Machinery and Army Museum, Nungarin. 08 9046 5108
  • York Motor Museum, York. 08 9641 1288
    York has lots of curio, craft and antique shops.
  • Hugh Manning Tractor Museum. Serpentine. 08 9525 2129
  • Aviation Heritage Museum, Bullcreek, Perth. 08 9317 4470
  • Maritime Museum of WA, Fremantle. 08 9431 8334
  • Merredin Railway Museum, Merredin. 08 9041 3370
  • Roger May Museum, Pinjarra.
  • Edenvale House, same complex for Cream Teas and an interesting Craft Shop and Quilting display close by.
  • Yarloop Workshop and Steam Museum, Yarloop.
  • The Butter Factory Museum, Busselton.
  • New Norcia Monastery, New Norcia.

Private Collections, Don't forget to ring first.

  • Bob and Cor Bailey, Stationary Engines, Albany. 08 9844 3382
  • Arthur Voss, Stationery Engines, 08 9844 4813
  • Jesse and Kevin Martin, Farm Machinery, Williams. 08 9885 1136
  • Ron Wessells, Case Tractors, Boddington. 08 9883 8122
  • Barry Ferguson, Farm Machinery, Beverley. 08 9646 1034
  • Beverley also has an Aviation Museum.
  • Tony and Barbara Pailthorpe, IHC Collection, 08 9726 9250
  • Neil and Sandra Twaddle, Stationery Engines, Sewing Machines. 08 9773 1445
  • Tressie's Museum & Caravan Park at Karlgarin - 17 kms west of Hyden and Wave Rock
    This is a museum with pioneer machinery and early farming tools, along with memorabilia of early family life etc - and a working collection of gramophones and 78 records. (Something for everyone)
  • Narrogin Restoration Group Inc. Corner of Fairway and Federal Street Narrogin WA 6312
    Contacts: Rick McDougall on 98836552 or 0408 488 053 / Elliot Green on 98811039

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