Bridgetown Historical Society Inc, Bridgetown, Western Australia

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Bridgetown Historical Society Inc, Bridgetown, Western Australia

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name


  • Community

Contact area


Mary Elgar



Street address

5 Civic Lane, Bridgetown




Western Australia

Country name

Postal code



08 9761 4236




Description area


The Society was formed in 1990 to preserve Bridgetown's unique history, and is the custodian of photographs and ephemera relating to Bridgetown and surrounding areas.

Geographical and cultural context

Bridgetown is a town in the South West region of Western Australia, approximately 270 kilometres (168 mi) south of Perth on the Blackwood River. It is one of eight heritage listed towns in Western Australia and, as such, it is important to preserve the history of the town and its people.

Mandates/Sources of authority

The Society's objectives are:

  • To encourage the study and writing of Bridgetown's history.
  • To collect, classify and preserve Bridgetown's records.
  • To share information amongst the members by readings, discussions, lectures and exhibitions of historical material.
  • To promote public support of the preservation of historical relics and recognition of notable anniversaries.
  • To establish and maintain a museum in Bridgetown.
  • To publish articles/selected records/publications approved by the Society.
  • To fund, subsidise or contribute to any institution, scholarship or prize, which meets these objectives.

Administrative structure

Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and four ordinary committee members. All are volunteers with no salaried staff.

Records management and collecting policies

Records and photographs are being digitised onto MOSAiC software. All donations are accessioned and will be available through MOSAiC once digitised.


Yornup School House Bridgetown Police Station Museum 1880.


Photographs and ephemera of Bridgetown, local newspapers, log books, local history books and local family memoirs.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Currently this is only possible by email or coming into the Bridgetown Historical Society office (Yornup School).

Access area

Opening times

Open Wednesday and Friday 9am-3pm; Saturday 10am-1pm. (Check website for any changes.) Email enquiries anytime.

Access conditions and requirements

Any person can enquire. Photos and ephemera are not available to borrow, but can be viewed for research purposes with a Society member present. However, MOSAiC will permit state-wide access and eventually nationally.


Services area

Research services

Family research, buildings, activities.

Reproduction services

Scanning of documents, email, downloading to USB etc. is available.

Public areas

The museum is open to the public on Saturdays 10am-2pm. At other times by appointment.

Control area

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Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 9 March 2023




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Agriculture (Thematic area)
  • Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
  • Built Environment (Thematic area)
  • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Geography (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Transportation (Thematic area)
  • Travel and Exploration (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

5 Civic Lane, Bridgetown
Bridgetown, Western Australia 6255