Cunderdin - Places to See


Cunderdin Museum
The central attraction in Cunderdin is the museum with its huge displays of farm equipment (surely the best in Australia) which encompasses the history of wheat harvesting, the history of tractors, and includes such unusual items as an iron tyre shrinker which was used for wagons, drays, spring carts and sulkies.

The museum is housed in the former No 3 Steam Pumping Station which is a large red brick building with a tall chimney. It was constructed in 1902 to house the steam pumps (one of them is still on display) which pumped the water along O'Connor's pipeline to the goldfields. From Mundaring to Coolgardie there were a total of eight pumping stations

Inside the museum the machinery which pumped the water from Mundarin to Coolgardie is preserved. The size of the interior has allowed for some very dramatic displays including a tiger moth aeroplane which hangs from the roof and a huge steam engine.

Meckering
23 km west of Cunderdin is the tiny settlement of Meckering which, at 10.59 am on 14 October 1968, was struck by an earthquake which measured 6.8 on the richter scale. It was one of the worst in Australia's history splitting the countryside with a deep gash which can still be seen (it is marked by a sign which says 'Earthquake Fault Line') about 4 km west of the town on the Great Eastern Highway. Photographs of the earthquake are on display in the Cunderdin Museum.

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