'to be known + distinguished as Carnamah'

Early History of Carnamah

Carnamah is towards the southern end of the country traditionally inhabited by the Amangu, a language group of Aboriginal people from parts of Western Australia's Mid West region. Two immigrant families established large pastoral stations in the district during the 1860s and over 60 years later the townsite of Carnamah was said to have sprung up overnight like a field of mushrooms!

Discover the full story at www.carnamah.com.au/history

We also recommend checking out the history of our neighbours, Coorow and Three Springs

Carnamah Museum

The Carnamah Historical Society & Museum's collection includes objects, photos and documents from Carnamah's social, domestic, commercial and agricultural past - from tiny household items up to tractors! If you'd like to visit the museum, it is open most Friday afternoons from 1:30 to 5pm or you can make arrangements with George on 0439 966 040  or (08) 9951 1690; or Andrew on 0457 911 984.  Entry is FREE and the museum is located at 10 Macpherson Street in Carnamah.

Find out more at www.carnamah.com.au/museum  |  Map

Macpherson Homestead 

The 150 year old homestead and its ruinous outbuildings are located one kilometre east of Carnamah off the Bunjil-Carnamah Road. Originally home to the Macpherson family, it is now owned by the community and has been fully restored. Its grounds can be visited at any time and if you'd like to look inside, get in touch with George on (08) 9951 1690 or 0439 966 040.

Find out more at www.carnamah.com.au/homestead  |  Map

Virtual Museum 

A series of 14 award-winning online exhibitions created by the Carnamah Historical Society. The 'Virtual Museum: to be known and distinguished as Carnamah' covers pastoralist settlers, the Midland Railway, farming, early schooling, toys, the First World War and much more! Take a browse online and get familiar with some of the stories that shaped Carnamah.

Explore the virtual museum at www.carnamah.com.au/virtual-museum

Local Bushranger

Full online reproduction of the exhibition '10863 Bushranger presented by Act-Belong-Commit' which details the life and exploits of our local bushranger, Frank Thomas. The exhibition includes artworks by Western Australian artist Di Taylor, including a striking cross-cultural collaborative work with local indigenous artist Delys Fraser.

Enjoy the online exhibition at www.northmidlands.org.au/collection/10863-bushranger 

Biographical Dictionary

If you have an ancestor, family member or person of interest who lived in or near Carnamah, you might just find all sorts of interesting facts about them in the Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs! Compiled from hundreds of historical sources and oral histories, it is a treasure trove of fascinating information.

Search or browse the dictionary at www.carnamah.com.au/biographical-dictionary 

A Pastoralist Family

An exhibition of historic photographs and contemporary artworks relating to the life and stories of both the Scottish and Aboriginal members of the Macpherson family who established Carnamah Station in the 1860s. The exhibition launched at The Bank Gallery in Carnamah during 2019 and can now be viewed online.

Enjoy the exhibition online at www.northmidlands.org.au/collection/alternative-archive 

Winchester Cemetery

The cemetery was established in 1927 and is the final resting place for over 250 people from the Carnamah and Coorow districts. The cemetery is located on the Winchester East Road, approximately 4.5 kilometres off the Midlands Road (the turnoff is roughly halfway between Carnamah and Coorow).

You can search an index of those buried at the Winchester and other nearby cemeteries at www.carnamah.com.au/cemeteries   |  Map

Carnamah War Memorial

The Carnamah War Memorial is located on Yarra Street, between the BP roadhouse and a rest stop, playground and toilets. The memorial lists those from Carnamah who fell in the First World War and those from Carnamah, Coorow, Gunyidi, Marchagee, Winchester and Waddy Forest who died in the Second World War.

Discover more about the memorial at www.carnamah.com.au/war-memorial