Hello readers! We had a great day out yesterday for our historic walk in Wooroloo.

Latitude 31° 48′ S Longitude 116° 19′ E

The townsite of Wooroloo is located in the Darling Range 60 km east north east of Perth and 26 km north east of Mundaring. Land was first set aside for a future townsite in this area in 1841, and was referred to as Worriloo, but the land was never used for a townsite. The area was first settled by the Byfield brothers in the 1870’s and in 1893 a railway stopping place named Byfield’s Mill was opened to service the sawmilling industry in the area. A school was established in 1896, and named Wooroloo, and in 1897 the railway station was renamed Wooroloo. Following the establishment of other community facilities in the area, and the opening of the Wooroloo Sanatorium in 1912, the government surveyed blocks and gazetted the townsite of Wooroloo in 1913.

Wooroloo derives its name from the nearby Wooroloo Brook, first discovered by explorers in 1830. The brook was at first recorded as the “Gatta” and then the “Goodmich River”, although some pools in were referred to as “Worrilow” in 1834. The current spelling was used from around 1896.

Walkers enjoying morning tea after their walk
Still enjoying morning tea while given some more local information by Vice President Jenny Johnson
Chatting about their walk
Loads of information files were placed on the trestle tables. Staff and volunteers milling around to top up the information.


Its May Day! What does the radio distress signal mean? Well technically it means HELP. The origins of the word are from the french vernacular “venez m’aider” which translates to “come help me”.

However, the international distress signal ‘Mayday’ is not the only meaning of Mayday, the international radiotelephone distress signal Mayday is also known as May Day which falls on the 1st day of the month of May.

On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers in 13,000 businesses across the United States walked off their jobs in the first May Day celebration in history. In Chicago, the epicenter for the 8-hour day agitators, 40,000 went out on strike with the anarchists in the forefront of the public’s eye.

There is a third meaning. Try this one:

The 1st May is an ancient Northern Hemisphere festival, now known as ‘May Day’, which traditionally marked the return of spring. It is believed that the celebrations originated in agricultural rituals intended to ensure fertility for crops, held by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Later developments included the Celtic festival of Beltane and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night.  Today, many customs still mark this ancient festival, including the gathering of wildflowers and the setting up of a decorated May tree or Maypole, around which people dance.

Just another snippet of trivia. Enjoy!

Dancing around the Maypole


Welcome back readers, apologies for the long break. You know what it’s like. things to do, life to live. Lots of preparation to do. WA State History Conference is coming up and I was lucky enough to get a bursary to cover the cost of $495. Which sounds like a lot, I know, but for the 2 days that the conference runs, there is such a lot to cover. It is hard to choose which segment to attend.

  • A keynote address from David Fleming, past-Director of National Museums Liverpool on ‘Difficult Histories in Museums‘ – don’t be late, David’s up first!
  • Collecting with Care – a workshop by Curtin University and the Royal Historical Society of Western Australia
  • Lyndall Ryan, from the University of Newcastle, presents ‘Massacre Sites and Heritage: Truth-telling Australia’s violent frontier
  • Mortal Remains – responding respectfully to human remains and approaches to Death Positivity
  • Collecting the 21st Century – what do we collect going forward to ensure our collections remain unique as history becomes global?

I have been so lucky in my time working in the heritage industry, so much to learn. Museums and Galleries of Australia are bringing back their learning sessions and I will attend anything that I can get to, especially if the sessions run on my days off. I can’t think of one workshop that I have not learnt anything. Perth is such a small place and it is especially noticeable in the Museum and Historical Society profession. With the new Perth Museum under construction, there seems to be a low buzz about the place. Mingling with great competent professionals when such events as conferences, workshops and presentations occur, it is a pleasure and I am certainly proud to be involved.

The Australian Heritage Festival has started. So start trawling through the program to find an event near you. To find a program of events, log in to the National Trust website and follow instructions.

Mind you, if you are looking for a walk in Wooroloo, you will find it in the Wheatbelt section. Sadly not everything was perfect when the brochure was distributed. For those who care, Wooroloo is in the Shire of Mundaring. Not quite as far as the West Australian wheatbelt!

Take care and have fun exploring your history! Most of the events are free and it is a great time to take the kids and grandkids to visit the past.


Don’t forget our Sundowner on Wednesday the 27th March. We have some wonderful products to showcase from local businesses and nibbles and wine to taste. If you haven’t already booked log in to www.mundaring.org.au – Mundaring Chamber of Commerce, and look at the events calendar for the ‘Made in Mundaring’ Sundowner event and secure your spot. See below:


Join us on Saturday the 16 March at 3pm for a guided tour of the Mundaring District Museum. Afternoon Tea will be provided for a gold coin donation. Feel free to stay for a General Meeting which will be held after the tour at 4pm. One of the main items on the agenda for this meeting, will be the ratifying of the Mundaring and Hills Historical Society’s “Model Rules” (Constitution).

Hope to see you all there!


That Mundaring was home to the “Buffalo Handle” factory. It was established during WWI when there was a shortage of hickory axe handles imported from the United States. Ernest Wilson opened the factory in Wooroloo in 1914. They made all sorts of tool handles and materials for wagon wheels. The factory closed down in the 1940’s.

Watch this blog to learn about more unique industries created in the Shire of Mundaring! 

P.S. If you know of any interesting facts about the Mundaring Shire, don’t hesitate to let us know!


Looking forward to showcasing Mundaring’s special people and produce. On Wednesday the 27th March, Mundaring and Hills Historical Society in collaboration with the Mundaring Chamber of Commerce, is holding a wonderful event. To be held at the Mundaring District Museum and Mundaring Visitors Centre, at 5pm. We are hoping to share as much as we can with both members of our joint organisations and non members.

Look out for the advertising for this event, because it will be an RSVP event due to limited space. MHHS looks forward to seeing you all there!

Mundaring has such a fabulous array of produce and artistic talent, we look forward to hearing about and tasting the fruits of their labour. This will include local wines, honey, orchard produce and interestingly enough, even goats cheese. We even have talented hat makers in our wonderful Shire.


Commonly known as Hump day, however, we have taken our Hump day post down. Due to the inordinate amount of hits by readers who were not looking for the sort of information that we could supply. The relationship between the title and unsavoury websites was not intended. The term “Hump” relates to the middle of the week, and getting over the “hump”. All plain sailing from here, counting down to the end of the week, “Friday”. Or TGIF (thank God it’s Friday). Anyway, say goodbye to Hump day and say hello to plain old Wednesday!