The Northcliffe Pioneer Museum has been given the green light to begin a project to relocate and refurbish a group settlement home from the 1920s. The pioneer museum was successful in its LotteryWest application for $127,716 after the Manjimup Shire agreed to act as the auspicor for the money for the NPM committee. The group settlement home, known as the Munro House after its first inhabitants Jim and Agnes Munro, is in a field in Bannister Downs but will soon be transported to the pioneer museum grounds where the redevelopment of the property will begin. Northcliffe Pioneer Museum vice president Bev Thiele said planning for the Munro House project began in 2019 after the house was donated to the NPM. However after the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the world, all LotteryWest grants were directed towards relief packages for those affected by the virus and lockdowns. Ms Thiele said one thing the NPM committee was really excited about the project was that the museum has enough items from the era to display the house as a “lived-in” group settlement home, rather than a traditional museum. “The trick with the Munro House is that we now have an opportunity to set it up as though it were lived in, so we can have that kind of display rather than the classic museum displays where things are in display cases,” she said. “We actually have sufficient artifacts dating from the period that we can fit the house out.” Ms Thiele said the house was built between 1926 ad 1928 as a part of the WA State Government’s Group Settlement Scheme, a post-WWI program designed to boost population in regional WA through assisted mass migration from Britain. The program saw roughly 6000 families move to Australia where they settled on farms all around the South West region and particularly in Northcliffe. Ms Thiele said the house needed major work including refurbishing the verandah, relining the walls, replacing the roof and works to the floors. Ms Thiele said she hoped to have the entire project completed by Easter 2024 in line with the centenary celebrations of the Northcliffe townsite.