19 December 2008

Pioneer Museum Book

Greenough Pioneer Museum By Gary Martin & Peter Dameon

This book was compiled in acknowledgment of the Greenough Pioneer Museum’s 40th birthday. The museum which is operated by the Geraldton Historical Society opened in September 1966 in the former Maley homestead at Greenough and is the oldest museum in the mid-west region of WA.
The book contains a brief overview of European discovery and settlement at Greenough. It then examines the Maley family background and the life of the original owners of Home Cottage (as the house was first known), John Stephen Maley and his wife Elizabeth (nee Waldeck). John came to Greenough in 1860 to oversee the construction of a flour mill. Though from a very humble background, through his entrepreneurial skills John was eventually to become one became one of the leading business men in the locality and was referred to as the “King of the Greenough Flats.” John and Elizabeth’s 14 children were also to play influential roles in the development of WA and details of their achievements are included. There are also articles on the construction of Home Cottage, the importance of the gardens, life at Home Cottage, occupancy by the Rudduck family between 1932 and 1968 and the establishment of the museum by the Geraldton Historical Society.
The book is illustrated with over 50 historic and contemporary photographs in B/W and colour.
The 60 page book costs only $15.00 (which includes GST + Australia wide postage). Payable by cheque or money order made out to:-
Two Fish Drowning
PO Box 1325
Geraldton WA 6531

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