Well we have made it to the end of our working week and it seems that every man and his dog wanted to know something about the Mundaring Shire history.
We were inundated with visitors today and it was great to see such enthusiasm for the history of our wonderful hills suburb.
Our local metal detectorist brought in his latest find. A very interesting badge/button which was in the shape of an anchor with a rope entwined and knotted at the top. Couldn’t have been used for fastening as it was not the right shape or it didn’t have the correct attachment style. It could have been an embellishment for a cap or pocket.
Many thanks to Francesca from the Perth Observatory. We had a great visit this morning and were given a tour of the facility. After the meteor which flew into our atmosphere about 8.30pm last night, the staff and volunteers were pretty flat out answering phone calls. Apparently the meteor crashed to earth around Northam. Some people reported the earth moving around that time. The staff at the observatory informed us that there was an explosion just before the rock hit the ground. The staff were able to tell us the composition of the meteor which they knew because of its colour before it broke up and hit the earth.
Fascinating visit and well worth going again for a night time viewing through the telescope.
If you have the time, make your way up to Bickley and visit the observatory. There are plenty of wineries and restaurants along the way.
MHHS is gearing up for our next exhibition starting in September. “Made in Mundaring” or “What a Tool” is going to showcase items that were made in Mundaring. We already have a collection of items ready for our display but we can always do with more. If you are local, have a poke around your shed and see if you can find any hidden treasures. In times past, people often made do with tools that they had laying around and then made modifications to do special jobs. Mundaring was considered a long way from the City and therefore locals would often craft their own tools or household items. We would love to hear from you if you find an interesting object.
Boya Library presented “Wundowie to Weir” film footage on Monday the 13 August. A great turnout with most viewers enjoying the film footage. The film showed clips of home movies taken around the 1950’s. The majority of the footage was taken in the Mundaring area. It showed the felling of trees in the forests of Mundaring and then we saw the giant logs being carried away to the mills. We also saw smelting in the small town of Wundowie. The lack of safety equipment, clothing, goggles and footwear was very noticeable and it is quite amazing that there was not more workplace accidents. I think that the men were very aware that they were managing dangerous equipment and took a little bit more care when operating these tools. The films have been shown on two other occasions and each time the public were very enthusiastic and wanting more. If you have an interest in viewing the footage, don’t hesitate to contact MHHS and we will arrange it for you.
For those of you that don’t live in Perth you may not be aware that we have had an awful lot of rain and cold temperatures recently. The sun has decided to shine on us today and it is a welcome change. Roll on summer.