Librarian Ginetta with Author Scott Whitaker at his book launch on the 8th August

Author Scott Whitaker with volunteers and staff from Mundaring and Hills Historical Society

The audience was enthralled as Scott entertained them with tails of Hotels in Australia that were once named Railway. Due to the importance of the railway line in most places, especially country towns, one of the first places of business was the local hotel. The most popular name for these hotels was Railway. For various reasons, the name did not necessarily stick and was sometimes changed.

Scott has written his fourth book, which includes Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. All books are very interesting and worth a read. Use this link to find out how to buy one. www.railwayhotelsofaustralia.com.au


Our birthday cake. Yummy!!
Founding member Jeff Murray and President Dr Fiona Bush

What a great day we had on Saturday! We were lucky to have several of our founding members to help us celebrate this occasion. If it wasn’t for their tenacious attitude towards saving the history of our Shire, we would not be here. These courageous people saved the old school, built in 1907, from demolition and managed to get funds to restore the building. Half of the building became our Museum, which we share with the Visitor Centre.

From little things, big things grow. At the office of the Historical Society, (Mundaring Stationmaster’s House, Jacoby Street Mundaring), we hold over 7,000 records pertaining to the history of Mundaring and are the “go to” place to find out how Mundaring evolved. Not only that, we have an amazing Museum. The current exhibition is about to change, so race in to see what we have on show. The next exhibition is part of the “What on Earth” collaboration with Mundaring Arts Centre and others. Our Exhibition will be called “Bush Bounty”

The open day for “What on Earth” is to be held on the 29th September at the Mundaring Arts Centre, Mundaring Hall, Mundaring Stationmaster’s House with a wildflower trail to Mundaring Sharing in Craigie House.

Keep checking this blog and our facebook page for more details.

OOPS nearly forgot. WE ARE ON INSTAGRAM. Take a look, we are moving with the times and are taking baby steps into the world of technology.

Not quite AI and Robots just yet, but watch this space!


I thought the Yoyo was a relatively new toy, around the 1940s or 1950s. It is believed that the yo-yo most likely originated in China. The first historical mention of the yo-yo, however, was from Greece in the year 500 B.C. These ancient toys were made out of wood, metal, or painted terra cotta disks and called just that, a disc. It is also thought that the name originates from the words “come- come”. Which makes sense in some way.

Pictures drawn on vases and plates show Yoyos being used in very early times.