Museum tells of timber history

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Former Pemberton forester John Clarke attended the official opening of the State Timber Museum last week.
Camera IconFormer Pemberton forester John Clarke attended the official opening of the State Timber Museum last week. Credit: Tari Jeffers

About 50 people turned out for the official re-opening of the refurbished State Timber Museum on on August 9.

The museum, located at the Timber and Heritage Park, has been closed for more than five years due to the condition of the building and the exhibition being considered “dated”.

In July 2017, the Manjimup Shire Council appointed Suzanne Hunt Architect as project leader to refurbish the building and worked in collaboration with other businesses to bring the museum back to life.

Karen Adams, of Manjimup, and Manjimup shire councillor Lynn Daubney.
Camera IconKaren Adams, of Manjimup, and Manjimup shire councillor Lynn Daubney. Credit: Tari Jeffers

Manjimup shire president Paul Omodei said the history of the region’s timber industry was “interwoven” into the culture of the area’s towns and people.

“It’s about the pride and skills developed over generations,” he said.

“It’s about men and women and families who endured many trials and tribulations.”

Manjimup shire councillor Robert Taylor and deputy president Cliff Winfield.
Camera IconManjimup shire councillor Robert Taylor and deputy president Cliff Winfield. Credit: Tari Jeffers

Former Pemberton forester John Clarke attended the opening and his audio testimonial is also part of one of the exhibits.

“This is a lovely, trendy little museum,” he said. “This gives you a real taste of the park to come.”

The State Timber Museum is open seven days a week from 8.30am to 4.30pm for $5 adult entry.

John Lee, Catherine Lee, Val Lee and former mill worker Bill Lee, all of Perth.
Camera IconJohn Lee, Catherine Lee, Val Lee and former mill worker Bill Lee, all of Perth. Credit: Tari Jeffers
Anna Kelly and Lucy Hill, from Creative Spaces.
Camera IconAnna Kelly and Lucy Hill, from Creative Spaces. Credit: Tari Jeffers
Manjimup shire president Paul Omodei and South West MLC Diane Evers.
Camera IconManjimup shire president Paul Omodei and South West MLC Diane Evers. Credit: Tari Jeffers
South West MLC Dr Steve Thomas and Harvey Giblett, of Manjimup.
Camera IconSouth West MLC Dr Steve Thomas and Harvey Giblett, of Manjimup. Credit: Tari Jeffers
David Giblett, of Manjimup, with Ray and Toni Hughan, both of Dardanup.
Camera IconDavid Giblett, of Manjimup, with Ray and Toni Hughan, both of Dardanup. Credit: Tari Jeffers

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