Dowerin - Places to See


Dowerin Museum
Dowerin has a fascinating museum which offers visitors an opportunity to see what life on the wheatbelt was like in the 1930s. Located at 16 Cottrell Street (the key is held by Mrs Howard next door at Number 18) the house was built in 1912 and owned by the O'Shaughnessy family. The local historical society have preserved it as a typical example of a Western Australian wheatbelt home of the 1920s. It is a typical businessman's residence. Apart from vast amounts of interesting furniture and clothing one of the most fascinating aspects of the house is the pressed metal walls. Other things of interest are the old style swimming costumes, the hilarious old under garments and the children's room.

Agricultural Field Day
Dowerin's major claim to fame is its annual field day for agricultural machinery. Said to be the largest in the Southern Hemisphere it attracts over 400 firms which display hundreds of millions of dollars of equipment for crowds of up to 15 000 people.

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