Cunderdin Museum 50th Anniversary Celebration

One Saturday Morning in 1967 I was crossing the old railway line driving south when James Stokes approached heading towards Main Street. He signalled me to stop which we both did straddling the line. James said What do you think about starting an Historical Society?

I said that’s a good idea

James replied let’s call a meeting - come out tomorrow and we’ll have a talk about it.

I readily agreed but suggested we had better move on in case a train came down the line.

James considered this rather thoughtfully and then said.  Yes, you never know one just might.

And so, the Cunderdin Historical Society was born

Normah Fox personal account

Founding member Cunderdin Historical and Cunderdin Museum Committees


The newly formed committee set about implementing James Stokes’ vision to reclaim the derelict and vacant old pump station to house the planned museum. On Sunday 11th March 1973, the founding committee opened the doors to the Cunderdin Museum to the public after five years of hard work undertaken by a volunteer taskforce to bring James’ idea to fruition. Their efforts resulted in the museum being officially recognised as a municipal museum under the Museum Act 1969 and in time the pump station and site attaining state and national heritage recognition.

2023 sees the Cunderdin Museum celebrating the last fifty years of operation and looking to our future. Over the coming year we are endeavouring to highlight some of our favourite collection items many of which have been in storage.

We are celebrating the first fifty years of the museum in March 2023 commencing Friday evening with a photographic exhibition presented by the Cunderdin Photography Club and proudly hosted by the Cunderdin Museum.

Over the weekend of the Back to Cunderdin celebrations the museum will be free entry to visitors, and we invite you to come explore the large array of Cunderdin’s history displayed in the history building and museum grounds.


Friday 6.30pm A Sense of Place Exhibition Opening

Exhibition Dates 10 March – 16 April 2023

Cunderdin Photography Club and Cunderdin Museum are pleased to present A Sense Of Place.


Saturday 11am Official Welcome and plaque unveiling for the Cunderdin Museum

The museum will be hosting horse drawn and steam operated machinery demonstrations throughout the day.


Contact Michelle Samson on 96351291 or for more information.